Man City vs Borussia MonchengladbachEnglish Premier League, KO: 20:00 Mar 16, 2021, Puskas Arena
MANCHESTER CITY seized control of their Champions League last-16 tie with Borussia Monchengladbach after securing a 2-0 win in Budapest and the sides will reconvene at the same venue on Tuesday night to settle a place in the quarter-finals.
The Citizens have their sights firmly fixed on an unprecedented quadruple this year and the Champions League trophy remains the club's holy grail.
Man City's defensive frailty has been continuously exposed when dining a Europe's top table in recent seasons but it would appear that Pep Guardiola has cured City's weak spot as they look to finally crack the continent.
Borussia Monchengladbach, meanwhile, are in the midst of a real period of turmoil, a slump that has coincided with the announcement that manager Marco Rose (above) is departing at the end of the season to take over at Borussia Dortmund.
The Foals form has fallen off a cliff and Friday's 3-1 reverse at lowly Augsburg now means that Gladbach have now lost each of their last six matches across all competitions.
Man City have won six of their last seven Champions League matches and the Citizens are a lowly 2/9 (Bet 365) to triumph on Tuesday night.
Borussia Monchengladbach have lost each of their last three Champions League games and the out-of-sorts Germans are the big outsiders here at 13/1 with UniBet, while the draw is priced up at 11/2 with the same firm.
There is little value in siding with Man City at the above-mentioned odds, however, backing the hosts to overcome a -1.75 start on the asian handicap looks like a nice way in at 24/25 with Bet 365.
Here we would land a half win if Man City win by two or more goals whereas a City triumph by three clear goals would deliver a full pay out.
The above-mentioned betting angle would have banked profit in nine of Man City's last 12 matches across all competitions and I'm happy to side with the same approach here when confidence-stricken Borussia Monchengladbach come calling.
Pep Guardiola named a much-changed side at Fulham on Saturday night and the Man City chief is expected to recall his big hitters at the Puskas Arena this midweek.
That does not bode well for a Gladbach side who are enduring a real period of woe, not to mention Man City have won an eye-watering 23 of their last 24 matches across all competitions.
With that in mind, coupled with the fact that Rose's ropey rearguard have recorded just one clean sheet in their last 11 matches, I'll gladly back the star-studded sky blue juggernaut to overcome a -1.75 start on the asian handicap in Budapest on Tuesday night.
I'll also dip into the team corner market and take the 5/6 on offer with Bet 365 for Borussia Monchengladbach to hit over two corners during this contest.
Indeed, the Foals have all to do if they are to turn this tie around, but they will more than likely try to stay in the game before throwing caution to the wind in the latter stages.
Fulham and Southampton hit four and five corners respectively during recent tussles with the Citizens, so I reckon 3+ Gladbach flag kicks represents a bit of value here at 5/6.
This English Premier League match between Man City and Borussia Monchengladbach will be played on Mar 16, 2021 and kick off at 20:00. Check below for our tipsters best Man City vs Borussia Monchengladbach prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.
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