Champions League Preview: Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Manchester City

LAST MEETING

March 20, 1979 (UEFA Cup) : Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 Manchester City

KEY STATS

  • Borussia Mönchengladbach knocked out Manchester City in their only previous European encounter. It was in the 1978/79 UEFA Cup quarter finals (1-1 in England, 3-1 in Germany). Gladbach went on to win the trophy later that season
  • No English club has ever beaten Gladbach in the German team’s own stadium (D1 L4). In fact, Gladbach have won their last four home games against English teams in European competition
  • Only one of City’s 14 Champions League games away from home has ended in a draw (2-2 vs CSKA Moscow last season)
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach conceded three penalites and saw their woodwork struck twice on the opening matchday of this season’s Champions League (a 3-0 defeat v Sevilla), more than any other team
  • Sergio Agüero has scored 14 goals in his last 14 starts with Manchester City in the Champions League

TEAM NEWS

Manchester City’s midfield powerhouse Yaya Toure suffered a hamstring injury while keeper Joe Hart sat out last weekend’s fixture against Tottenham with an injury and both are doubts for the clash in the Rhineland. Manuel Pellegrini is also likely to be without captain Vincent Kompany who is nursing a calf problem. Gladbach will be without club captain Martin Stranzl who is expected to be out until mid-November as he recovers from a fractured eye socket. However they will be delighted with the return of Tony Jantschke from a leg injury and Josip Drmic from illness.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH XI: Sommer; Jantschke, Nordtveit, Wendnt, Korb; Xhaka, Dahoud, Herrmann, Johnson, Hazard; Raffael

MANCHESTER CITY XI: Hart; Sagna, Demichelis, Otamendi, Kolarov; Fernando, Fernandinho; De Bruyne, Navas, Nasri; Agüero

PREDICTION: Manchester City WIN

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