After a long wait and a series of qualification games, the 2016-2017 Champions League is ready to begin the group stage. Although the latest trend is to consider this group stage a walk in the park for the big clubs, history has shown us quite the share of surprises. The draw of the groups took place at the end of August, and the teams are now ready to face each other.
Manchester City vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Man City starts the campaign aiming to win the title this time around, after a record semi-final appearance last year. Their signings plus the fact that they now have Guardiola to lead them makes Man City a clear contender to win the competition.
They have a perfect 100% win record so far this year, easily surpassing Steaua Bucharest in the last qualification game, 6-0 over the course of the two legs. It is very clear that they can’t afford to lose points against Borussia or Celtic, because it will be very hard to win them back against Barcelona.
On the other hand, the German side Borussia Monchengladbach are at their second consecutive participation in the biggest club competition worldwide.
They still suffer from the mid-table club became top-flight syndrome, and they clearly can’t hold their ground on multiple fronts: even though they qualified easily in the Champions League, they lost in their latest Bundesliga game against Freiburg in a bad fashion.
Manchester City vs Borussia Monchengladbach Betting Tips
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From a betting perspective, we strongly believe in Guardiola’s record and his motivation his first game in this year’s Champions League.
The German side doesn’t seem capable of putting a big challenge, so we expect Man City to win the game at the end of the 90 minutes.
The English team is sure to score, if you’re looking for safer bets, but the idea we will go with is Man City to win and over 2,5 goals.
Over 2.5 Goals: 1.44 or 4/9
Man City & Over 2.5 Goals: 1.87 or 20/23