At the end of the first round, Bayern have made a surprising mistake. On Friday night, they played against Borussia Mönchengladbach at home, resulting in a 1-1 draw. The runners-up have thus again got a chance to reduce the gap distance with the leaders.
Despite all the warnings, the FCB has not managed to keep their concentration until the final straight. They stood out against the very strong team of Gladbach, protected by the goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, the home side managed to cme first even in arrears. In the second half, the Bavarians stepped on the gas, but did not succeed, needing something more than this compensation.
The leaders in the chart will say goodbye for the winter break on Tuesday, after the DFB Cup match against the FC Augsburg. Against the Fugger City players, a victory is an absolute must, eventually, if they want to get any chance at the triple.
Augsburg has lost only a week ago against Bayern; the team of Mark Weinzierl conceded with a 0-2 home defeat in the 16th round. Although the climbers fought all the 90 minutes and did not give up without a good fight, it was standing still with empty hands at the end. The game was a mirror image of the entire first round; in Augsburg, only a meager eight points were won.
At the DFB Cup it all went better, but the team did not have to outplace yet any opponents of this calibre there. Two wins over the division team SV Wilhelmshaven, and the third division Prussia Munster, sufficed for the knockout phase. That should have been it, then.
If this is correct, the Bayern team will show a full throttle and have no problems to motivate themselves. Another gaffe in the match against Gladbach is virtually impossible. The sports betting operators see the FCB in the role of favorites.Read More