Little doubt that the Bundesliga title race is already all but over
Bayern Munich travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday
The last of Europe’s major soccer leagues, the German Bundesliga, returns to action this weekend when defending champions and current table-toppers Bayern Munich travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday. A fantastic first-half to the season saw Bayern enter the month-long winter break unbeaten after 16 games (14 wins, two draws) with an extremely comfortable 7-point cushion over nearest rivals Bayer Leverkusen. There is little doubt amongst fans and pundits alike that the Bundesliga title race is already all but over, but that won’t stop Germany’s biggest club looking to continue to set new standards.
New coach Pep Guardiola, who had the unenviable task of succeeding triple-winner Jupp Heynckes in the summer, has made a huge impact at the club and won many friends throughout the country. His team play attractive attacking football, but also have a defensive record that is second to none in Europe after conceding just 8 goals in 16 games so far. A surprising 3-0 friendly game defeat at Salzburg on Saturday may have caused some negative headlines during the week, but there is no doubt that Guardiola will have his team focussed on the difficult job at hand against Gladbach.
The “Foals” will be motivated to the hilt after a superb first half of the season that saw them enjoy Christmas in third place in the Bundesliga table. Coach Lucien Favre has done a fantastic job installing both discipline and flair into his team and has made them almost unbeatable at home. With a record of 8 wins and one draw in 9 games in front of their own fans, they certainly won’t be fearful of a visit from the champions and with the national spotlight on the Bundesliga opener for 2014, they could well spring a surprise!
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich Odds
Bayern Munich 1.36
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CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football. Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI.