UEFA Champions League: Borussia Monchengladbach vs Barcelona preview

Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach will be hoping to avoid another heavy beating when they host mighty Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday. The two sides have never met before, quite understandable since the German team have not been a regular presence in the European competitions lately.

Borussia Monchengladbach have fulfilled their dream of playing in the Champions League group stage after overcoming Swiss side Young Boys in the play-off with an impressive 9-2 result on aggregate. But their dream turned into a nightmare during the first group match as they got hammered 4-0 at Manchester City. In the Bundesliga they have won three games out of five so far, with just one defeat. Mamadou Doucoure, Ãlvaro Dominguez and Josip Drmic are injured, while Raffael's presence is still in doubt.

Barcelona seem to have overcome the difficult moment following the surprising home defeat against Alaves, they reacted immediately with a 7-0 Champions League victory over Celtic. Last weekend they hammered Gijon 5-0 away from home, even without injured star Lionel Messi. The Argentinian is still sidelined, while central defender Samuel Umtiti will also miss out through injury. Barcelona have scored in all their matches so far this season, and bagged no less than 18 goals in their last four competitive matches.

Probable line-ups:

Monchengladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Christensen, Vestergaard - Traore, Dahoud, Kramer, Johnson - Stindl - T. Hazard, Hahn

Barcelona: Ter Stegen - Roberto, Masquerano, Pique, Alba - Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta - Turan, Suarez, Neymar

My prediction: Barcelona to win 3-0.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Monchengladbach win - 7.50
Draw - 5.00
Barcelona win - 1.44

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Members Comments

  • Bulgaria sharpe


    It was a tough game for Barcelona but they still managed to turn it around and winning in the second half.
    Gladbach don't have the needed experience at the moment to be competitive enough on teams like City and Barcelona but that doesn't mean they wont surprise someone of the favourites in the group in some of the games.

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