Any hope of a place in the European places is fading as each game passes for Borussia Mönchengladbach, after registering their fourth game without a win in five appearances since the season resumed (W1, D1, L3). Coach Daniel Farke insisted that his men will «learn» from that 4-1 loss to relegation-threatened Hertha, and will certainly need to prepare well before 10-time consecutive German soccer champions Bayern Munich, come to the city.

This doesn’t seem like the ideal game for Gladbach to finally record their first home league win of 2023 (D1, L1), especially after failing to score against Schalke the last time they played at home (0-0). Football is a fun game though, and no team has recorded more league wins against the Bavarian giants than Gladbach’s 27 (E31, L51), though that being said, this is the second most closely contested game in the history of the Bundesliga.

Perhaps this could be the perfect time to attack Bayern, who arrive here after a successful midweek trip to Paris that saw the German giants beat PSG 1-0. That UEFA Champions League clash could make it difficult to prepare for this game, but without a domestic defeat since the season resumed (W3, E3), only the brave would go against Julian Nagelsmann’s side.

Both Union Berlin and Borussia Dortmund remain very close to Bayern, so anything short of victory will leave the visitors liable to drop out of top spot on Sunday. Perhaps allaying any doubts about such a result is Bayern’s incredible 11-game unbeaten run away from home, with the visitor scoring an impressive 31 goals in the process (W9, D2).

Players to watch: Marcus Thuram has contributed to 37% of Gladbach’s league goals this season (10 goals, 3 assists), but has yet to score since the season resumed. Perhaps facing his former teammate, Yann Sommer, could be the catalyst for success. The Swiss goalkeeper made the switch from Gladbach to Bayern in January after making 335 appearances for the “Foals”, however, just the day before he was able to record his first clean sheet for his new team.

Highlight: As Bayern coach, Nagelsmann has not faced