Bayern Munich will return from the winter break as 4/11 favourites to beat Borussia Monchengadbach on Friday night as Borussia Dortmund restart their campaign with victory against Augsburg on Saturday afternoon.
2013 was certainly the year of Bayern Munich and the defending champions will look to get 2014 off to a good start with victory over high-flying Borussia Monchengladbach.
Bayern are still unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season and they now have a seven point lea over second placed Bayer Leverkusen in the table.
The good news continues for Pep Guardiola as he has a full squad to choose from meaning that both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery return to provide more troubles for the home side on Friday night.
Their return, plus the sight of a defence with the likes of Phillip Lahm and David Alaba will mean that the defending champions will look to continue their domestic winning streak that began back in October.
However, Borussia Monchengladbach are proving themselves to be a real handful this season and currently are third in the standings eleven points behind the league leaders.
For Gladbach, they will hope that their attacking duo of Max Kruse and Raffael will continue their good form in front
of the net with the latter having scored in Gladbach’s last three consecutive games.
The home side have been on a good run of form in the past year or so winning 10 times this season making them one of
the more formidable opponents in the Bundesliga.
Elsewhere this weekend, Borussia Dortmund will look to move back into the top three with a win against FC Augsburg on Saturday.
Dortmund’s stuttering inconsistency at the end of 2013 saw them drop to fourth in the table but a win at home will put them back in the top three at the end of the weekend.
Following on from their injury crisis last year, Dortmund are still without Mats Hummel, Ilkay Gundogan and Neven Subotic although Lukasz Piszczek and Marco Reus will return on Saturday afternoon.
Augsburg have surprised many people since gaining promotion at the start of the season and the Bavarian side themselves in eighth place at the start of 2014.
For the visitors, defender Jan Moravek could make his return from injury at Signal Iduna Park whilst Halil Altintop will look to provide an attacking nuisance to Dortmund defenders for much of the game.
With the Bundesliga back underway in 2014, Bayern will look to make sure that the Bundesliga knows that nothing is change going into a new year.