Manchester City will take off to Budapest for the First Leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 when they take on Borussia Monchengladbach this Wednesday night.
In form City have won their last 18 matches in all competitions, their victory at Emirate stadium 1-0 was their 12 straight wins in Premier League
Following their 2-1 defeat to Mainz at the weekend, Borussia Mönchengladbach don’t bring the best of form (W1, D2, L2) into their first-ever UEFA Champions League (UCL) knockout tie.
Furthermore, they haven’t won any of the four previous head-to-head in this competition against one of Europe’s most in-form outfits, conceding an average of 2.75 goals per match (D1, L3).
Although Gladbach are the designated home side, the game will be played in Budapest, where they’ve only previously traveled once for UEFA competition action, beating SC Vasas way back in 1977/78.
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Their only previous experience against an English club on neutral territory was their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in the 1976/77 European Cup final. Manchester City, meanwhile, have won each of their last 18 competitive matches, and amazingly, they haven’t trailed at all during their last 17 Premier League fixtures.
City also enter this tie after four straight wins against German sides in this competition, with the English champions-elect banging in an average of 3.5 goals per game therein.
Pep Guardiola’s team are also unbeaten in 11 UCL matches played outside of England (W8, D3), scoring exactly once after the 80th minute in three (60%) of their last five such games.
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They’ve also won each of their last three UEL away fixtures at this stage of the competition, all in matches that featured over 2.5 goals, with four of City’s last five strikes therein arriving after the 75th minute.
Players to watch: Gladbach captain Lars Stindl netted two UCL goals earlier this season during victories against Shakhtar Donetsk, and his last four competitive strikes all came between the 25th-40th minute. Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling, who bagged City’s winner against Arsenal, scored twice against Gladbach in 2015.
Monchengladbach 1 : 1 Man City
Man City 4 : 0 Monchengladbach
Man City 4 : 2 Monchengladbach
Monchengladbach 1 : 2 Man City
Monchengladbach 3 : 1 Man City
Borussia Monchenglabach XI: Bensebaini, Elvedi, Ginter M, Hofmann, Kramer, Lainer, Lazaro, Neuhaus, Plea, Sommer, Stindl L. (C)
Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Laporte, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling, Foden.
City haven’t conceded a UCL goal for 526 minutes since their opening group stage game against FC Porto.
Score Prediction: Monchenglabach 1 vs 3 City