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Muller & Lewandowski Ruled Out | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Bayern Munich Lineup Vs Borussia Monchengladbach

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Bayern Munich will be aiming to secure one of the two victories they need to ensure the Bundesliga title when they face Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday. The Bavarians currently have a healthy seven-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund with just four matches remaining. They are also in a tremendous run of form and are firm favourites heading into this game.

Predicted Bayern Munich Lineup Vs Borussia Monchengladbach

Defence

Hansi Flick is tipped to make one change in the defensive department, giving a breather to Jerome Boateng. Lucas Hernandez is facing an uncertain future at the club but is in line to replace the German at the heart of the backline. The Frenchman will be keen on making an impact this weekend.

Hernandez is set to be partnered by David Alaba at the heart of Bayern’s four-man backline as Niklas Sule continues his gradual return to full fitness. It will be interesting to see how these two gel, especially against the powerful attack of Gladbach.

Meanwhile, in the fullback slot, Benjamin Pavard will be put to the test, up against the fiery presence of Marcus Thuram. His duel against his fellow countryman is one of the things worth keeping an eye out, in this fixture.

Alphonso Davies is also a guaranteed starter on the opposite flank, but, he too is unlikely to get much freedom in the final third due to Gladbach’s offensive firepower. Elsewhere, Manuel Neuer is set to retain his role in between the sticks.

Predicted Bayern Munich Lineup Vs Borussia Monchengladbach - Lucas Hernandez to start
02.06.2020, FC Bayern Training, Saebenerstrasse Muenchen, Fussball, im Bild: Lucas Hernandez FCB *** 02 06 2020, FC Bayern Training, Saebenerstrasse Munich, Soccer, Sports, in the picture Lucas Hernandez FCB

Midfield

Thiago Alcantara appeared as a substitute in the midweek’s DFB Pokal semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt. Given the absence of key players, Flick could be forced to start with the Spanish international this week. His presence in the midfield could be critical in the creative department, especially with Thomas Muller being suspended.

Joshua Kimmich will partner Thiago in the double-pivot. The German international is currently one of the most in-form players in the Bundesliga. He will look to provide cover for Thiago and Leon Goretzka, who is tipped to operate in the attacking midfield role.

Attack

Bayern Munich will face a huge blow this weekend as Robert Lewandowski has been ruled out for this fixture due to the accumulation of too many yellow cards. The Polish international will most likely be replaced by the young and talented Joshua Zirkzee, who has already made quite an impact in the youth competitions.

Elsewhere, Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman are expected to operate as the wide attackers. However, they may feature in a more central role due to the absence of talismanic forward Lewandowski.

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