Arsenal vs Coventry (FA Cup) and Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich (Bundesliga): Open Thread

Arsenal and Bayern Munich play this afternoon, although not against each other. We’ll have to wait until February 19th for those two European powerhouses to meet.

Today, though, we have two important matches. Arsenal plays Coventry City in the FA Cup 4th Round, while roughly at the same time we have Borussia Monchengladbach against Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

FA Cup matches have been played on Friday nights before, but not that frequently. But this is the first FA Cup match on a Friday night that I remember where there’s a top side involved.

Here’s today’s TV/Internet schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

• Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich (Bundesliga), 2:30pm, GolTV

• Arsenal vs Coventry City (FA Cup), 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Arsenal: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Gnabry, Podolski, Bendtner

Subs: Viviano, Sagna, Monreal, Zelalem, Flamini, Cazorla, Giroud

Coventry City: Murphy (GK), Christie, Webster, Seaborne, Adams, Baker (C), Thomas, Fleck, Daniels, Moussa, L. Clarke.

Subs: Burge (GK), Willis, J. Clarke, Haynes, Phillips, Barton, Slager.


Borussia Monchengladbach: ter Stegen – basket, Stranzl, Dominguez, Wendt – Kramer, Xhaka – Herrmann, Arango – Raphael, Kruse

Bayern Munich: Neuer – Dante, Thiago, Shaqiri, Rafinha, Boateng, Götze, Lahm (c), Müller, Alaba, Kroos

Subs: Robben, Pizarro, Weiser, Contento, Hojbjerg, Sallahi

Here’s what World Soccer Talk’s Matt Jones says about today’s Bundesliga match:

The Bundesliga resumes after a month long hiatus, and what a game we have to get things kick started again.

Monchengladbach probably represent the toughest test in the Bundesliga at the moment. Prior to the break they had won five games consecutively and will relish taking on the league leaders on their own patch.

But despite their stellar form heading into this one, Monchengladbach remain underdogs. Bayern are an imperious outfit under new boss Pep Guardiola and are romping to their second consecutive Bundesliga title. They lost a friendly to Red Bull Salzburg last weekend, but expect them to be totally refocused when the serious stuff gets going.

Nonetheless, you can get some strange results after the winter break. Monchengladbach will fancy their chances, and that should make for a thoroughly entertaining spectacle.

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

9 thoughts on “Arsenal vs Coventry (FA Cup) and Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich (Bundesliga): Open Thread”

  1. Interesting xi from arsenal.

    4-1-3-2, or barcelona style 4-1-2-3? Not sure what to make of it, but theyr going for it.
    Could be an opportunity for Coventry to hit them on the break though.

  2. Bayern Munich look like a side that is very difficult to beat. Even missing, Ribery, Robben and Manducik (sp) they are still beating M’Gladbach. Cannot see them losing out on the Bundesliga title and they have to be favorites in the Champions League as well.

  3. I’m DVRing the match while I’m at work but I won’t be able to watch it till saturday so I fire up Sirius radio to listen to the match. nope, they’re only airing Rennes v Lille.

    any other way to listen to the talksport stream?

    1. If you live in the US or outside the UK, you can listen to the talksport stream via You’ll have to register (for free). Should take just a couple of minutes and then you can listen to it.

  4. What a pass from Ozil to his Herman teammate Podolski for the first goal. He is definitely one of the best passes in the game. Brilliant. Arsenal should go on and win this very easily. Could be 4 or 5 goals in it for them.

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