Manchester City’s quest to win all four trophies this season continues on Wednesday evening, as they come up against Borussia Monchengladbach in the first leg of their round of 16 tie. But, will the out of sorts German side be able to upset the City machine?
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Manchester City Odds
City Looking To Continue Winning Run
Manchester City are on the verge on creating history, as they are six wins away from claiming the world record for consecutive wins. Pep Guardiola’s side have been faultless in all competitions since their defeat against Tottenham Hotspur back in November, and that has put them into a commanding position of doing an unlikely quadruple this season. City are already into the final of the League Cup, and are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table, but there is a sense that Guardiola will likely be judged by what he can achieve in the Champions League this season.
The European competition has been the trophy that has eluded the club throughout their recent history, as the Citizens have flopped whenever they have got through to the latter stages. Last season’s defeat against Lyon in the quarterfinals was further evidence of that, but there is no denying that they have the squad to change that this season. City are the heavy favourites to claim control of the tie in their away leg, but regardless of the result, they will be expected to progress.
Gladbach Stuttering In The Bundesliga
Judging by the way that Gladbach are performing in the Bundesliga this season, then it would seem unlikely that they will be playing Champions League football next term. They have really struggled to lay a glove on the teams in the top four, and are already nine points off the pace. The German side haven’t won in their last four, and very narrowly made it through to the knockout stages of the Champions League earlier in the season despite being in a commanding position ahead of the final two rounds of games.
However, defeats against Inter Milan and Real Madrid ensured that Gladbach needed to settle for second spot in their group, which meant for a harder game in the knockout round. There is no doubt that the German side are capable of a big performance, and that has been evident in the draws that they have achieved against Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the competition this season. However, Manchester City are a completely different animal from the sides that they have come up against previously.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Manchester City Pick
The first leg will be crucial to the chances of Gladbach’s progression in the Champions League this season. The German side must get a positive result on Wednesday to stand any chance ahead of the return leg at the Etihad in the middle of March. However, we can’t see them taking at least a draw back to Manchester, and the dominant City will win the away game comfortably.