Lucien Favre shocked Borussia Monchengladbach by tendering his resignation after losing the opening six Bundesliga of the campaign. The move hasn’t taken long to look vindicated though, with caretaker Andre Schubert gaining wins in the last two outings.
There will be a quiet confidence that a third successive triumph, and first in this season’s Champions League, can be acquired over a visiting Manchester City side themselves on a downturn.
A 4-1 mauling at the hands of Tottenham last time out was the Citizens’ third loss in four games and the absences of their paramount players raised worrying questions over their ability to compete without them.
Joe Hart, David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure all remain uncertain to play in Germany, although only the skipper missed the club’s pre-match training session on Tuesday.
It is arguably Kompany’s presence that Manuel Pellegrini’s men miss most, with the club losing twice since he suffered a calf injury against Juventus in the Champions League opener.
Seven goals have been shipped since, with even Dick Advocaat’s Sunderland rabble able to net against City’s best-available backline in the Capital One Cup.
With Gladbach scoring seven in their two victorious matches under Schubert, it seems a formality that the hosts will have something to celebrate in Borussia Park.
Their defence, however, is sadly just as certain to allow City the chance to score a goal of their own. No side has so far failed to find the back of their net in nine all-competition matches, so a forward line of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling is unlikely to struggle.
Ladbrokes rate the chances of both teams scoring at 4/6, which is a price that should be snapped up considering it has landed in all of City’s last four games as well as in both of Schubert’s.
In addition, Ladbrokes have their Sharp Shooter offer* available for the game, along with the price boost on Man City winning with both teams scoring, which is out to 3/1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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