Ahead of the eagerly-anticipated clash at BORUSSIA-PARK - the teams' 98th Bundesliga meeting - we outline some of the standout pre-match statistics…
New Gladbach coach Dieter Hecking has brought greater stability to the side following a disappointing first half of the season, and the team's haul of 15 points from 21 available since the turn of the year speaks volumes about the Foals' upswing.
Watch: Highlights of Bayern's 2-0 victory over Gladbach earlier in the season:
One of the weapons he has added to Gladbach's arsenal is a greater threat from set-pieces. Hecking's charges have scored three goals from dead-ball situations in the last four games, having done so just twice in the previous 20 outings. The 52-year-old has also refined Gladbach's counter-attacks, with five of the seven goals they have scored on the break this term coming since he took charge.
Carlo Ancelotti's men are on a fine run of form themselves too, boasting a ten-point lead at the top of the table after RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund both lost last weekend. Furthermore, Bayern have scored 14 goals without reply over their last three Bundesliga games.
That has left them on course for an unprecedented fifth consecutive league title, while scooping another treble remains a distinct possibility after they recently advanced to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals and the DFB Cup semi-finals.
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Why Gladbach will win…
- Gladbach are the only team to have a positive record against Bayern over the past two and a half years, with two wins, two draws and one defeat.
- Mistakes from Manuel Neuer are extremely rare, but when they do happen it is almost always against Gladbach. The Germany international has only been at fault for conceding seven Bundesliga goals while at Bayern, three of which have come against the Foals.
- Gladbach have the second-best points haul of all Bundesliga teams in the second half of the season. If they can't stop Bayern, who can?
Why Bayern will win…
- Bayern have kept clean sheets in their last three Bundesliga outings.
- Javi Martinez has won each of his last 14 Bundesliga away games. If he plays on Sunday and Bayern win, the Spaniard would equal Franck Ribery's all-time record.
- Robert Lewandowski is in the form of his life and has found the net 14 times in his last 12 Bundesliga appearances.