Borussia Monchengladbach enjoy home advantage over Spanish La Liga champions Real Madrid in Germany on Tuesday evening as Champions League football returns to our screens. The Bundesliga side face the unenviable task of taking on Zinedine Zidane’s stars, but they are a point better off than their guests after a game played and know all the pressure is on their opponents.
The history books show Borussia Monchengladbach and Real Madrid have met only twice before in competitive action with both meetings coming in the European Cup 44 years ago. Interestingly, both games ended level with a 2-2 draw in Germany followed by a 1-1 finish a fortnight later in Spain. The home team were held to a draw in their opening Group B match and may see the value in another against world-famous opponents.
Borussia Monchengladbach got their campaign off to a decent start when holding Inter Milan to a draw on the opening day of the UEFA Champions League group stages. It was a match many pundits picks the Serie A giants to win but the Bundesliga outfit held firm and grabbed a point following an entertaining 90 minutes which produced four goals in total.
That group B share in Milan was followed with another high-scoring affair as Borussia beat Mainz 3-2 in the league on Saturday. Hofmann netted against Inter and was again on the scoresheet at Mainz, the other strikes coming from Stindl and Ginter. The latter was scored with 83 minutes on the clock to eventually win what had been a competitive contest.
Madrid hammer Barca
Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday one which left them bottom of Group B with their conquerors racing into pole position. It’s unlikely both teams will hold their current positions as pressure builds on Madrid to fire themselves up the pecking order. A convincing win here would help them achieve that.
Real lost to Cadiz at home and Donetsk away in a painful double but responded emphatically when winning El Classico on Saturday afternoon, beating Barcelona 3-1 at the Camp Nou. That was a result and performance that caught the attention of the world’s media and showed just what Zidane’s troops are capable of when playing their best football.
Monchengladbach vs Real Madrid prediction
Borussia will take heart from their recent performances and Madrid’s defeat last midweek but the must improve their defence if they are to stand any chance against the visitors. Real are high on confidence following that stunning derby win over Barcelona at the weekend and will be eager to get their Champions League campaign moving in the right direction.
Champions League odds
The pre-match betting available at 22bet on this fixture has Borussia Monchengladbach trading at 3.74 for the win with odds of 1.855 attached to Real Madrid getting all three points in Germany. Those who prefer the draw can take their chances on the 4.04 about a level finish.
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