Bayern Munich vs Borussia Monchengladbach: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Jude Summerfield
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Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich return from their winter break on Friday night when they host Borussia Monchengladbach.

Julian Nagelsmann's side look well set to retain their domestic crowd, sitting nine points clear of closest competitors Borussia Dortmund, and were in excellent form before Germany's break for Christmas.

Monchengladbach have been disappointing so far this season, managing only five wins from their 17 league games and sitting just two points above the relegation playoff spot.

How to watch Bayern Munich vs Borussia Monchengladbach on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Friday 7 January, 19:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Allianz Arena
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Football (UK), ESPN+ (US), Sportsnet Now (Canada)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube channel, Bundesliga YouTube channel
Referee? TBC

Bayern Munich team news

There is massive uncertainty over a number of Bayern's squad members due to Covid-19 cases.

Manuel Neuer, Corentin Tolisso, Omar Richards and Kingsley Coman all returned positive tests on New Year's Day, with Lucas Hernandez, Dayot Upamecano, Tanguy Nianzou and Leroy Sane later suffering the same fate.

Bouna Sarr and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting are both away on Africa Cup of Nations duty, though Joshua Kimmich has returned to training having struggled with coronavirus complications in recent months.

There are further fitness doubts over Niklas Sule, Leon Goretzka and Josip Stanisic.

You can read Bayern's predicted lineup here.

Borussia Monchengladbach team news

Monchengladbach have some doubts over Keanan Bennetts, Denis Zakaria, Mamadou Doucoure and Joe Scally, all of whom tested positive before the end of 2021.

Ramy Bensebaini is representing Algeria at AFCON so will be absent, but Breel Embolo is fit again and Jonas Hofmann is getting closer to availability.

Bayern Munich vs Borussia Monchengladbach head-to-head record

Bayern understandably dominate the head-to-head stakes in this fixture, though they haven't always had it their own way against Die Fohlen.

They met earlier this season in the DFB-Pokal and it was Monchengladbach who earned an emphatic 5-0 victory as Embolo and Bensebaini both scored doubles alongside Kouadio Kone's second minute opener.

However, in this corresponding fixture last season Bayern ran out 6-0 victors as Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick.

Bayern Munich vs Borussia Monchengladbach score prediction

The amount of potential absences is a big issue for Bayern, but thankfully for them Lewandowski and Thomas Muller - their two biggest goal threats - are fit and available.

Monchengladbach competed in the Champions League last season but their form this term doesn't suggest they'll be able to qualify for Europe's elite competition this time around.

It probably won't be as free-flowing as some of their performances this season, but Bayern should have enough to get over the line here.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Monchengladbach

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