Borussia Monchengladbach welcome home Manchester City for the Champions League last 16 ties in their first leg. The match schedules for Wednesday at the Puskas Arena, with a kickoff at 11 pm.
It is the first time Borussia Monchengladbach competed in the Champions League knockout stages. The side reached the final of the old European Cup in 1977, while Manchester City is looking to win the competition for the first time in its history.
After a promising start to the season, the wind seems to have eased out for the Gladbach’s campaign in recent weeks. The recent pool of poor results is another confirmation by manager Marco Rose who will be departing the club for Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
Their recent 2-1 loss to Mainz 05 leaves Monchengladbach languishing at eighth position in the Bundesliga and nine points adrift of the Champions League qualification positions. Given the current form of Manchester City, it is a bad time for Marco Rose to face against an in-form City side.
Man City’s 1-0 win over Arsenal extended their win to 18 consecutive matches in all competitions. Raheem Sterling’s early minute goal proved the difference against Mikel Arteta’s side.
It is an impressive display for City managing to keep eight clean sheets in ten Premier League matches. The Citizens have only conceded once in six matches along the way to top Group C comfortably.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Manchester City Head to Head
Both sides are yet to meet at this stage of the competition, and this marks their first time. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Borussia M’gladbach 1-2 Mainz
Wolfsburg 0-0 Borussia M’gladbach
Borussia M’gladbach 1-2 Koln
Stuttgart 1-2 M’gladbach
Union Berlin 1-1 Borussia M’glabach
Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City
Everton 1-3 Manchester City
Manchester City 3-0 Tottenham
Swansea City 1-3 Manchester City
Liverpool 1-4 Manchester City
Borussia Monchengladbach Team News
Marco Rose enters into the clash without any injury or suspension concerns to contend ahead of Budapest’s trip. Breel Embolo could start in attack to pose behind City’s defense, with Dennis Zakariaalso likely into the starting XI to bolster the midfield.
Manchester City Team News
A major boost for Pep Guardiola is Kevin De Bruyne, who started the 90 minutes against Arsenal. The side’s main injury concern includes Nathan Ake, but the likes of Sergio Aguero are back in contention.
Prediction and Odds
Given the lack of advantage for Gladbach and the contrasting form between the two sides, this envisaging a comfortable win.
Manchester City Win
Goals Over 2.5
Both Teams to Score