The Bundesliga kicks off on Friday with Borussia Mönchengladbach hosting Bayern Munich in the opening match.
Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga for the ninth time in a row last season and will be looking to extend it to 10 this campaign.
Borussia Monchengladbach suffered a disastrous end to the Bundesliga last season, which saw them crash out of Europe. They finished eighth in the competition and will look to return to Europe next season under new boss Adolf Hitter.
Like their hosts, Bayern Munich will begin a new campaign under a new manager. Former RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann will make his official managerial debut as Bayern boss on Friday.
Nagelsmann was in charge of Bayern Munich during the pre-season, but could not get the best results. In the four friendly matches played by Bayern Munich, the Bavarians lost three and drew the others. Julian Nagelsmann will replace him when the season starts.
Borussia Monchengladbach-Bayern Munich, head to head
In the last 60 matches between them, Bayern Munich have won 25 and Borussia Mönchengladbach 15, while 20 have been drawn.
The two sides last met in pre-season, and Borussia Mönchengladbach won 2-0. However, the last competitive match between the two sides took place in the Bundesliga last season, when Bayern Munich thrashed their visitors 6-0.
Borussia Monchengladbach form guide: Still to play.
Guide to Bayern Munich form: Still to play.
Borussia Mönchengladbach-Bayern Munich Team News
Briel Mbolo and Denis Zakaria are injured and unavailable. Mamadou Doucoure and Kouadio Kone also escaped injury. Ramy Bensebaini and Marcus Thuram are major doubts for the game as they both struggle with injuries.
injured: Briel Mbolo, Dennis Zakaria, Mamadou Dokore, Kwadio Kon
Doubtful: Remi Bensi Beni, Marcus Thuram
suspended: No one.
Marc Roca and Lucas Hernandez are out with injuries. Alphonso Davies, Omar Richards and Kingsley Coman are doubtful for the game as they are all recovering from injuries.
injured: Mark Rocca, Lucas Hernandez
Doubtful: Alphonso Davies, Omar Richards, Kingsley Coman
suspended: No one.
Borussia Monchengladbach – Bayern Munich Prediction XI
Borussia Mönchengladbach Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Yann Sommer, Stefan Lemmer, Matthias Günter, Nico Elvedi, Joseph Skelley, Christoph Kremer, Florian Neuhaus, Patrick Herrmann, Lars Stendhal, Hans Wolff, Alasane Pulley
Bayern Munich Prediction XI (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer, Benjamin Pavard, David Apamacano, Tanguy Nyanzo, Josep Staniszc, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Serge Gunbury, Robert Lewandowski
Borussia Mönchengladbach – Bayern Munich Prediction
Borussia Monchengladbach did not win either of their first two pre-season games. However, they have won the last three, scored five goals and conceded just one goal. The level of self-confidence in the team is high.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich had a very poor pre-season. They are…