Bayern Munich vs Borussia Mönchengladbach match preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups, and ones to watch
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A win at home against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday will see Bayern Munich retain the Bundesliga title for another year, but there's a chance that it could all be wrapped up before the game even begins. If RB Leipzig lose to Borussia Dortmund in their clash at 14:30 BST, the party can start before the Topspiel kicks off. This would be quite the parting gift for Hansi Flick, who is expected to take over as Germany coach from Joachim Löw after this summer's European Championships.

Although the majority of the focus will be on the Bavarians, the visitors have a European spot to secure. With the DFB-Pokal final being contested by RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund (currently sat in 2nd and 5th), 7th spot will now qualify for the newly formed UEFA Conference League. Mönchengladbach will have to go through a play-off system if they are to get into that tournament, but before that's even a possibility, they have to clinch 7th place. Despite still having a chance of overtaking Bayer Leverkusen in 6th, Die Fohlen's primary focus will on be making sure that they finish 7th ahead of Union Berlin, with both teams currently sat on 46 points with three games remaining. However, Mönchengladbach have the more favourable run in, as well as a better goal difference. This shouldn't take away from the fantastic season Urs Fischer and his side are having, but expect to see Die Fohlen in the newly formed competition come July.

Team news

Bayern Munich - Munich are likely to be without two players for Saturday's clash, as Douglas Costa is out with a foot injury, while Corentin Tolisso has only just returned to training after recovering from a muscle problem.

Borussia Mönchengladbach - The only absentee is young French defender Mamadou Doucouré, who has again suffered a serious achilles injury.

Predicted lineups

Bayern Munich - Manuel Neuer; Benjamin Pavard, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka; Kingsley Coman, Thomas Müller, Serge Gnabry; Robert Lewandowski

Borussia Mönchengladbach - Yann Sommer; Stefan Lainer, Nico Elvedi, Matthias Ginter, Ramy Bensebaini; Florian Neuhaus, Denis Zakaria; Valentino Lazaro, Jonas Hofmann, Marcus Thuram; Alassane Pléa

Form guide 

Bayern Munich - DWWWL - last game - 2-1 (L) vs Mainz

Borussia Mönchengladbach - WDWLW - last game - 5-0 (W) vs Arminia Bielefeld

Ones to watch

Bayern Munich - Everyone knows Robert Lewandowski is quite good at football by now, but he is only three games away from making Bundesliga history. If Munich's marksman can score four more times this season, he will equal Gerd Müllers record-setting 40 goal season from 1971/72. Before the international break, this seemed almost inevitable, as the Poland international was on fire, scoring a hat-trick at home to Stuttgart to take his tally to 35 for the season. However, an injury he picked up away with the national team set him back a few weeks. He ended up missing four games before his return two weeks ago in the defeat to Mainz, where he grabbed a last minute consolation goal that now leaves him needing four in three games to equal Müller's record. That feat is still extremely possible given the fact that he has scored 36 goals in 26 league matches this campaign, though.

Borussia Mönchengladbach - He might not quite be Lewandowski, but Breel Embolo had a game to remember last time out against a struggling Arminia Bielefeld, scoring twice before assisting the fifth in a thumping win for Die Fohlen. If the Swiss striker can build upon that performance, then a trip to the Conference League will likely be on the cards for his side.

Previous meetings

It has been well documented that Mönchengladbach act as something of a bogey team for Munich. Since the start of the 2017/18 season, Die Fohlen have beaten their Bavarian opponents four times, with Gladbach pulling off a 3-2 comeback victory in their most recent matchup.

Where to watch on TV

The game will be broadcasted live on BT Sport 3 at 17:30 BST in the UK, while those in the United States will be able to see the game on ESPN+ at 12:30 p.m. EST.

What have the managers said ?

Borussia Mönchengladbach manager Marco Rose - "Taking on Bayern when they have the chance to win the title is a difficult challenge. We were too passive in the opening stages in the reverse fixture. We need to have the right amount of conviction if we're to get another result."

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