Bundesliga

Bayern's Alonso head-to-head with Gladbach's Xhaka

FC Bayern München's hopes of sealing their fourth consecutive Bundesliga title at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach this Saturday could hinge on the outcome of a midfield tussle between Xabi Alonso and Granit Xhaka.

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Pep Guardiola's side are seven points ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund in the , so victory would give them an insurmountable lead with just two rounds of matches remaining. Yet visitors Gladbach are embroiled in a five-team sprint to secure one of the remaining UEFA Champions League places, making this a potentially decisive fixture for both sides.

Alonso is Bayern's lynchpin in midfield, linking between defence and attack with his precision passing. Xhaka performs a similar role for the Foals, but also doubles up as a tough-tackling enforcer. Who will gain the upper hand at the Allianz Arena? Take a look at the video above and decide for yourself.

    Alonso has completed 91.2 per cent of his passes this season, compared to Xhaka's 84.3 per cent.Xhaka has won 55.9 per cent of all tackles, a tally that rises to 58.4 per cent for aerial duels. Alonso's respective figures in those categories are 55.4 and 50.6 per cent.Bayern's No. 14 averages 122 touches per game; Xhaka 102.