man city champions league

Man City are the form team in Europe and comfortably beat Borussia Monchengladbach in the first leg of the champions league knockout stage.

Manchester City are in sensational form, winning 23 of their last 24 matches. They are beating everything in front of them with the only blip a recent 2-0 defeat against Manchester United. Pep Guardiola’s side bounced back with a 5-2 home win against Southampton. Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez bagged braces with Ilkay Gündogan on target. Man City’s last match was a 3-0 win at Fulham. It was another comfortable victory with 2.73-0.45 expected goals, John Stones, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Agüero on the score sheet. Manchester City are close to full strength, only missing second choice centre back Nathan Aké. Guardiola has a lot of options with Kyle Walker, Phil Foden, Ilkay Gündogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez options to come back into the starting side.

Borussia Monchengladbach are really struggling after losing their last six matches in all competitions. The announcement that Marco Rose would coach Borussia Dortmund next season looks to have had a negative impact. Rose’s side blew a 2-0 lead at Leipzig in a 3-2 defeat. They were then knocked out of the German Cup in a 1-0 home defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Gladbach returned to the Bundesliga with a 1-0 home loss against Bayer Leverkusen and 3-1 defeat at Augsburg. They had 65% possession and 26-10 shots in Augsburg, Lars Stindl missing a penalty in the first half. Left back Ramy Bensebaini and midfielder Christoph Kramer are doubtful. Denis Zakaria could return to the starting side here.

Manchester City have a 4-1 advantage against Borussia Monchengladbach with 2 draws in 7 matches. Man City won the first champions league leg with a 2-0 scoreline, bossing the game with 61% possession and 4-1 shots on target. Manchester City are flying and dominated Gladbach in the first leg. There is no reason to expect anything different in Budapest.