On Friday, 7 January, the German championship resumes after a brief Christmas/New Year’s break. It resumes with exactly the same match as the opening match (that is, simply put, the start of the second round): Bayern against Gladbach. In August, the champion had all the chances to lose in Mönchengladbach in the first leg, but thanks, among other things, to controversial decisions by the referee, they secured a 1-1 draw. However, those who would say that Munich could have won the game, just did not convert their chances, are also right.
Then, interestingly enough, Bayern and Borussia met in the domestic cup and the record mister, who had played with the main squad, was put to shame in the truest sense of the word, losing 0-5. At the same time, Gladbach looked like an outright underdog in that meeting, because they were still in the bottom half of the table. But, as you can see, it turned out the other way round. It seemed that now Borussia, on the back of a psychological “letdown”, would finally reach the projected capacity, but… Adi Hütter’s side are still floundering at the bottom of the table, feeling their legs being grabbed by their almost drowned rivals. Full statistics and all odds for the match can be found at how to use 1xbet bonus.
There was, however, a definite ‘breakthrough’. After their 5-0 win over Bayern, Borussia at once beat Bochum 2-1 in the league, drew 1-1 with stalwart Mainz and drew 4-0 with Greuther. Things were slightly rectified, but it turned out that all this was not to last. From late November to today – in five rounds – the Stallions have not won a single game, losing four times and drawing only with Hoffenheim away (by the way, a strange result, because the peasants usually do not let anyone go home. But here, they themselves barely got back into the game in the final seconds).
And all the defeats were, as they say, non-optional, plus they did not come from the top sides. First, Borussia were defeated by Cologne (4-1), then they suffered a humiliation at the hands of Freiburg (6-0), and finally, Leipzig, who have also been having problems this season, knocked the players out on their home field (4-1). And when it was time for Adi Hütter’s phenomenally crucial encounter with his former team Eintracht, nothing good awaited the Borussians – 2-3 at home. In general, I personally, honestly, expected that in this festive break the Swiss specialist would receive a gift that was not festive at all in the form of the notice of dismissal. However, either the cup defeat at Bayern still warms the spirits of the club bosses, or the draw in Sinsheim forced them to sheath their sword, but Hütter is still in action despite a five-match winning streak. And there are matches against Bayern and Bayer ahead – meaning the series risks turning into an already seven-match one, and the relegation zone is about to reach out to Borussia with its loving embrace.
The Munich side are doing just fine from a tournament point of view. At the end of 2021, the Dortmund, Freiburg and Leverkusen were losing points time and again, which allowed the traditionally stable Bayern to increase their lead in the table. Even now, with absolutely no fear of anything, you can bet your flat, your car and your children on another title for the Munich club, who are nine points clear of second place. Even if there is an unprecedented crisis for the record-breaking side, they will not lose that advantage – especially when you consider that their rivals are also limping on both feet.
What’s making the team very unhappy at the moment is the coronavirus. Obviously, this nuisance is prevalent throughout the world and Bayern are not the only ones to complain about the infestation. However, in the six days of the new year, nine of their main squad have already contracted covid and will be unable to take part in at least Friday’s match. The latest as recently as Wednesday was Canada’s Alfonso Davies, and before him Manuel Neuer, Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso, Omar Richards, Luca Hernandez, Tanguy Nyanza, Leroy Sane and Diote Upamekano have gone into quarantine. They are all feeling relatively well, but will not be able to play against Gladbach. By the way, Borussians also have a number of call-ups. Their names are literally in the next sentence.
Bayern vs Borussia: tentative line-ups
Adi Hütter will not be able to count on Friday with Keenan Bennetts, Mamadou Doucoure, Joe Scully and Denis Zakaria all out sick. In addition, Algeria’s Remi Bencebaini has left for the Africa Cup. “For the same reason, Bayern Munich’s Eric-Maxime Choupo-Moting and Senegalese-Guinean Boun Sarrah will be missing. He plays for Senegal, not Guinea and certainly not France. It’s good that neither Bayern, nor Borussia are out injured. Only the participation of Niklas Zuulja, Leon Goretzka and Josip Stanisic for the hosts and Luis Bayer for the visitors is questionable.