Manchester City v Borussia Monchengladbach – City unbackable with confidence
Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach look a decent bet to overcome stuttering Citizens
December 8th, 2015
It all looked so good for Manchester City before the weekend. They had duly despatched Championship side Hull City to earn a place in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals and progressed into the knockout stages of the Champions League. Not only that, they were sitting atop the Premier League and were looking forward to cementing that position with a win against Stoke City.
The Potters had other ideas however and defeated the Citizens 2-0 at the Britannia and this clearly begs the question, ‘How can such an expensively assembled squad be so disappointing and inconsistent?’
It is hardly a surprise that the doom-mongers are now out in force and with City suffering defeat to Stoke City, Liverpool and Juventus and drawing with Aston Villa, we feel that they will struggle in a match which they don’t really need to win.
Indeed, Manchester City can afford to lose this fixture given that they have already secured a place in the Champions League knockout stages. With this in mind, Coral go just 4/6 for City to win tonight, a rather poor price if we’re honest.
Their Bundesliga opponents are unbeaten in their previous ten league matches as well as the last two European outings, therefore we feel that these odds are a huge disservice to the German outfit. Their league campaign started badly but they have since bounced back successfully and now sit third in the Bundesliga table, recently beating league leaders Bayern Munich.
Taking into account current form, the Bundesliga side deserve to be shorter odds than Bet365’s 9/2 for a win and we’ll be backing Monchengladbach to avoid defeat at 5/4 with the same bookie tonight.
City should use this game as a chance to give Wilfried Bony some European experience, however Sergio Aguero and David Silva are still recovering from injury and will likely be absent from the starting line-up. Kevin de Bruyne will also likely be rested, given that he has seen plenty action since arriving at the club. As such, City will be very vulnerable against one of Germany’s most in-form sides.
Monchengladbach are somewhat unlucky that they entered this competition at a time when they were struggling and going on recent form they should have been in amongst the top two in the group. They are now consigned to the Europa League, although they will be eager to prove a point and can overcome a City side who really don’t need to win tonight.