Bayern Munich is loaded for another title run, but taking on Borussia Monchengladbach on the road in Friday's 2021-22 German Bundesliga season opener won't be an easy task. Bayern won its ninth straight Bundesliga title, its 31st overall, with ease last season, going 24-6-4 and finishing 13 points clear of second-place RB Leipzig. Monchengladbach is expected to contend for a European competition qualifying spot after a disappointing eight-place finish last year. The teams have played to a draw just once in the past 12 meetings, with Bayern taking six wins and Gladbach winning five.
Kickoff from Borussia-Park is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET. Bayern Munich is the -154 favorite (risk $154 to win $100) in Caesars Sportsbook's latest Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Monchengladbach odds, and Gladbach is the +350 underdog. The over-under for total goals scored set at 3.5. Before making any Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich picks or Bundesliga predictions, make sure to check out what European soccer insider Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been stunningly accurate. Green has generated more than $36,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has taken a close look at the Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Monchengladbach matchup. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the Bundesliga odds and betting trends for Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich:
- Bayern Munich vs. Monchengladbach: Bayern -0.5 (-160)
- Bayern Munich vs. Monchengladbach over-under: 3.5 goals
- Bayern Munich vs. Monchengladbach money line: Gladbach +350, Bayern -154, Draw +350
- BAY: Robert Lewandowski has 75 goals in 60 league matches the past two seasons
- GLA: Patrick Hermann has 46 goals and 39 assists in his 12 seasons with the club
Why you should back Bayern Munich
The Reds have been hearing rumors of their downfall for several years but are determined to keep adding accolades. They scored 99 goals last season, the only team in Europe with more than 90, and striker Robert Lewandowski had 11 more goals than No. 2 Lionel Messi with a Bundesliga-record 41. The defense yielded 44 goals, which caused some consternation, but that was fifth-fewest in the league.
Lewandowski has become the best scorer in the world, but the engine of the Bayern attack is the midfield led by Thomas Muller. The team's visionary can set up teammates or find the back of the net on his own, and he was second on the team last season with 11 goals and led all of Europe with 19 assists. Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka combined to set up 15 goals alongside him and helped the Reds lead the league in possession time at 61.1 percent. Serge Gnabry scored 10 goals, while Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane combined for 11 and set up 19.
Why you should back Borussia Monchengladbach
The Foals are confident they can beat the Bavarians, and they did so just a month ago. Neither team was close to full strength, but Gladbach came away with a 2-0 victory in the friendly matchup. That was its third victory in the past five meetings, and the others came in the past two matchups at Borussia-Park. The Foals have beaten them 26 times in 113 matches, tied with Werder Bremen for the most wins all-time against the league powerhouse. Gladbach scored the fourth-most goals (64) last season and faces a Bayern defense that yielded 44 in 34 matches.
Monchengladbach is the last team to beat the Reds in a season kickoff, winning 1-0 in 2011. And its 1-0 victory in the 2001 matchup was the last time a reigning league champion had to start its season on the road. Hutter will rely heavily on captain Lars Stindl, who scored a team-high 14 goals last season. Jonas Hofmann, who had a best 11 assists, and stars Marcus Thuram, Denis Zakaria and Breel Embolo all have been dealing with health issues, but the Foals have been able to find a way against Bayern, going 5-1-6 in the past 12 meetings.
How to make Bayern Munich vs. Monchengladbach picks
Green has broken down the Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Monchengladbach match from all angles, and he is leaning over on the goal total (3.5). He also has three confident best bets for this matchup, including one that offers a plus-money payout. He's only sharing his Bundesliga picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Monchengladbach, all from the European soccer expert who has generated more than $36,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.