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Manchester City vs Monchengladbach Prediction & Match Preview

 

Manchester City vs Monchengladbach Prediction & Match Preview

Man City

M'gladbach

16 March 2021 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET Champions League Puskás Aréna

Manchester City will be looking to seal their place in the Champions League quarter-finals when they take on Borussia M’gladbach at Etihad Stadium in the return leg. 


The Citizens recorded a routine 2-0 win over Die Fohlen in Germany, and, as a result, they are with one foot in the next round. 

Pep Guardiola rested several first-team regulars in the Premier League win (3-0) over Fulham, but he is likely to field the best possible side against Borussia M’gladbach.

Kevin De Bruyne returns to the starting XI, and seeing that Guardiola has a full squad to choose from, home win should be considered. 

The likes of Kramer, Musel, Quizera, and Bensebaini, on the other hand, are sidelined with injuries for the visiting team. 

In their last home game in the Champions League Manchester City recorded a 3-0 win over Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille.


Manchester City vs Monchengladbach: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Manchester City Borussia Moenchengladbach played so far 5 matches.
Manchester City won 4 direct matches. Borussia Moenchengladbach won 0 matches. 1 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.40 goals per Match.

Manchester City vs Monchengladbach Prediction

Manchester City in actual season average scored 2.21 goals per match. In 18 (85.71%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 12 (57.14%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Borussia Moenchengladbach average scored 2.16 goals per match in season 2021. In 18 (90.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 15 (75.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

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There was one point in the season where City's absentee list stretched into double figures, but incredibly, Guardiola has a fully-fit and fearsome contingent from which to pick from this week.

The former Barcelona boss surprisingly opted to start John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias together at Craven Cottage, but with City expected to revert to a traditional four-man defence this week, Laporte may be the unlucky one to drop out after Stones demonstrated his goalscoring prowess once again at the weekend.

Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan were all given a complete rest at the weekend and should return here, while Kyle Walker and Oleksandr Zinchenko will both hope to reprise their roles in the rearguard.

Two Monchengladbach players who played the full 90 minutes in the first leg - Ramy Bensebaini and Christoph Kramer - both missed out against Augsburg and are not expected to feature this week.

There is more optimism over Bensebaini's fitness than Kramer's, but Rose will not be prepared to risk either player given the importance of their upcoming Bundesliga fixtures, so Oscar Wendt and Denis Zakaria - linked with Liverpool - should fill the voids in the visitors' lineup.

Valentino Lazaro's spot on the right-hand side of the attack is not secure, but other than that, Rose will stick with the majority of the side from Friday's dampening defeat to Augsburg.

Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

Borussia Monchengladbach possible starting lineup:
Sommer; Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Wendt; Neuhaus, Zakaria; Hofmann, Stindl, Thuram; Plea


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