Man City’s class could be the decisive factor against Borussia
Following their storming start to the season, some bookmakers were ready to stop taking bets on Manchester City in the Premier League title race. Not BetBright, we know how quickly fortunes in football can fluctuate and City’s fall from grace over the last couple of weeks is a perfect example.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team were knocked off the top of the table after their second-half collapse against Spurs on Saturday and are now under real pressure to get a positive result against Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany this week.
It’s difficult to pin down exactly what’s gone wrong at City but lynchpins Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero have both missed matches recently and Joe Hart was absent at White Hart Lane at the weekend.
Hart has a back problem and will have to be assessed before this crucial game at the Stadion im Borussia-Park – Willy Cabellero will deputise if he’s not passed fit. But Kompany will almost certainly be missing again with an ongoing calf injury and Pellegrini could also be without Yaya Toure, who has pulled a hamstring. David Silva, Eliaquim Mangala and Fabian Delph all missed the game at Spurs, as did Wilfried Bony and Gael Clichy, but all have flown to Germany.
Borussia have suffered their worst-ever start to a Bundesliga campaign, however, and coach Lucien Favre has already quit. They lost their first five matches and were also beaten 3-0 at Sevilla in their Champions League opener.
But since Favre resigned, they’ve scored seven goals in victories over Augsburg and Stuttgart and did beat City on aggregate in their only previous European tie in 1979. They’ve also got a good record against English clubs at the Stadion im Borussia-Park, having won their last four. It’s almost 20 years since they last failed to score in a European match on home soil.
Things look to be conspiring again against Man City in Europe but Monchengladbach are undoubtedly the weakest of the Bundesliga clubs in the Champions League this season and have an equally porous defence. Even with players missing, the Premier League side may have too much class for their hosts. We have City at 5/6 in our Full Time Result betting with 5/8 available for both teams to score.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday, September 30th at Stadion im Borussia-Park
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