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It seems as though Man City are unbeatable at the minute. A 1-0 victory over Arsenal at the weekend takes them to 18 victories on the bounce dating back to December and it’ll take a serious performance in order to derail their current momentum.
B. M’gladbach currently sit in eighth place in Bundesliga and with their coach Marco Rose recently signing for rivals Dortmund come the end of the current campaign, it seems their hopes this season are quickly diminishing.
They did take advantage of the slow starts in Europe from both Inter Milan and Real Madrid though, securing 2-2 draws in both their opening two groups games before putting Shakhtar Donetsk to the sword by a 10-0 aggregate across both matches.
However, that momentum came to a halt when losing to both Madrid and Inter in their final two games, but thankfully for them, the Italians drew against the Ukrainians to ensure they had a place in the knockouts for the first time ever.
For all the Citizen’s dominance domestically, they have come up short in this competition under Pep Guardiola.
One last-16 and three quarter-finals in Pep’s four campaigns is certainly not what they’d have been hoping for, while losing to Monaco, Liverpool, Spurs, and Lyon respectively, all teams they’d expect to beat makes it all the more disappointing.
That said, all of those sides have been weaker than this Gladbach outfit, not to mention that when they met twice in the group stages in 2015/16 and 2016/17, Man City won three of four unbeaten outings by an aggregate scoreline of 10-3 across those victories.
Man City -1 Handicap
The Citizens’ defence has been exceptional with both John Stones and Ruben Dias. They’ve conceded just six goals on their current 18-game winning run and what has been even more impressive, is that they’ve visited all of Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, Man Utd and Arsenal and kept top quality strikers Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Timo Werner, Son Heung-Min, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexander Lacazette to just four shots on target between them.
By contrast, the German outfit have lost two of their last three winless outings, although they have scored in all but one of their last 14 outings dating back to early December, including netting seven in their two fixtures with the ‘Big Two’ in Bundesliga – Bayern and Dortmund. With that in mind, we’d rather stick to the handicap, with City winning 14 of their last 17 by two or more goals and the ‘hosts’ in a poor vein of form.