Bundesliga champions-elect Bayern Munich face a tricky test to keep their winning run going on Saturday as they host Champions League qualification chasers Borussia Monchengladbach.
Bayern have a 100% winning record since German football returned last month, stretching their run to 13 straight wins in all competitions and 18 matches unbeaten.
They’re now seven points clear ahead of challengers Borussia Dortmund and overwhelming favourites to lift an eight-straight Bundesliga title.
They have been tested of late, though, edging Dortmund 1-0 away in a decisive title clash, before responding to conceding early against Bayer Leverkusen last week with a convincing 4-2 win.
A rotated XI were also made to work for their 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the domestic cup in midweek as Robert Lewandowski struck the match-winner, a career-best 45th goal of the campaign.
Bayern boast both the league’s top scorer and top assister in Lewandowski and Thomas Muller (30 and 20 respectively) but both are suspended for this clash with fourth-place Gladbach. Still, Bayern are strong favourites at 4/11.
Gladbach got a late winner in the reverse fixture back in December, one of Hansi Flick’s two competitive defeats as Bayern boss to date. They’re a massive 13/2 to repeat the trick here, which is in part thanks to their mixed record since returning - two wins, two defeats and a draw, the latest result a limp 1-0 defeat to Freiburg last weekend.
There’s little value in backing a home victory here, so we recommend backing under 2.5 goals at 11/5, with Bayern’s firepower significantly reduced without Lewandowski and Muller.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change