Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Tuchel’s new Chelsea, Pep Guardiola’s Man City, Real Madrid, Ciro Immobile, Gian Piero Gasperini’s ‘crazy’ Atalanta, another week full of drama and entertainment offered by the best European competition, Champions League. Both, Banker of the week and 1-unit play of the week are coming from the same game. Here’s a complete preview of the game, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
Monchengladbach vs. Manchester City
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – 03:00 PM EST at Puskás Aréna
Gladbach have looked really bad and out of form since it was announced that their manager, Marco Rose has agreed to join Borussia Dortmund as head coach at the end of the season. Under Rose, Gladbach returned to the UCL group stages after a four-year hiatus, also qualifying in the knock-out stages.
Marco Rose handed Erling Haaland his Red Bull Salzburg debut back in 2019 and there is a chance for the duo to work together once again with Haaland expressing no desire to leave Dortmund in the summer.
Gladbach qualified from a group with Real Madrid, Inter, and Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring 10 goals in 2 games against the Shakhtar, keeping both Inter and Real Madrid to 2-2 draws. Unfortunately for them and their fans, their actual form is very poor. They enter this game on the back of 4 winless Bundesliga games, losing 2 of them in the process, against teams who are fighting to avoid relegation (FC Koln and Mainz).
On the other side, Guardiola and Co enter this match on the back of 18 consecutive wins across all competitions and they look unstoppable. In their previous 12 games they were in front from half-time and in and 14 of them they covered the -1.5 spread (Asian Handicap). On top of that, they are very dangerous on the road in the UCL winning their last 3 games on the road.
They are comfortably leading the Premier League standings sitting 10 points clear at the top of the table and they have the best defense in the league with just 15 goals conceded in 25 games. Kevin De Bruyne has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since January 20 but Pep Guardiola's attacking machine has just powered on without him. He’s finally fit, ready for another Champions League game and he’s determined to show his quality and creativity and help City to finally win the most prestigious European competition.
It’s the 1st time Gladbach have qualified in the Champions League knock-out stages. They possess significant quality, and they have great potential, but Manchester City are just something else. It’s very tough to find the back of the net against the Citizens. They kept 8 clean sheets in their last 10 Premier League games. They conceded 1 goal in 6 Champions League group stage games.
This could be the year Man City go on to lift the UCL trophy and they look to be more than ready for it. Given the form between the two teams, the difference in quality but also the neutral venue (they will play the 1st leg in Budapest, Hungary), we expect Man City to solve the qualification issue from the 1st leg and teach Gladbach a lesson.
Top Soccer Picks:
1-Unit Bet: Man City Half-Time/Full-Time at -120 (1.83) at Bovada (Visit our Bovada Review)