Bayern hoping for record Christmas

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Updated: December 14, 2012

Bayern Munich host 8th placed Borussia Monchengladbach in their final game before the winter break hoping to end the year on a record high as they go in seek of their 14th win of the season. It has been 3 long years for Bayern since they last lifted the Bundesliga title, and with an 11 point advantage they are in pole position to finally deliver their fans something they have been craving.

Dominant in the Bundesliga at the halfway point, in the last 16 of the German Cup and having reached the knock-out phase of the Uefa Champions League, Bayern are still going strong in all three competitions.

German international striker Mario Gomez has said he is happy to continue his spell on the bench, providing Bayern finish up with a few more trophies in the cabinet.

Gomez has lost his place to Mario Manduzkic, who has nine goals in 14 games, after missing three months following ankle surgery, but has still managed two league goals in four games after coming on as a substitute.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and striker Claudio Pizarro both trained on Tuesday having shaken off an upset stomach and flu respectively and are fit to face ‘Gladbach.

Second placed Bayer Leverkusen, who slumped to a 3-2 defeat at Hannover last weekend, need a home win over Hamburg on Saturday to try and exert some pressure on Bayern.

Third-placed Borussia Dortmund will have defender Marcel Schmelzer in their team for their trip to face strugglers Hoffenheim on Sunday.

After coach Markus Babbel was sacked by Hoffenheim, caretaker coach Frank Kramer looks to break the five-match losing streak with his team third from bottom and amongst the relegation places.