Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, left, scores his side’s first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium in London, England on Sunday February 21, 2021 (Julian Finney / Pool via AP)
- Fugitive EPL leaders meet stuttering Germans at 3:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday
- City enjoys 18-game winning race as it hunts down four possible trophies
- Check the odds and best bets for this Champions League Borussia Monchengladbach vs Manchester City game below.
Manchester City are aiming to extend their extraordinary 18-game winning streak when they return to the Champions League fight against Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday.
The game is being played at the Puskas Arena in the Hungarian capital of Budapest due to health restrictions from COVID-19.
Mönchengladbach’s Germany are classified at home in the last 16 first leg, which starts at 3 p.m. ET.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Manchester City odds
|Borussia Monchegladbach v Manchester City||BOR +2.5 (-275) | MAN -2.5 (+220)||BOR +750 | MAN -315 | DRAW + 480||Ov 2.5 (-210) | A 2.5 (+165)|
Odds taken from DraftKings on February 22
While English Premier League leaders City are in superb form, the German side have failed to win in their last four Bundesliga games.
These contrasting fortunes are reflected in DraftKings’ odds, with City the favorite at -315 for a win.
Against this, Monchengladbach is rated as huge underdogs at +750. The draw is also widely valued at +480.
In addition, DraftKings punters now rank City as the favorite to take the trophy at +275 ahead of Bayern Munich holder who is at +375.
The search for value lies elsewhere here with the price of +220 for City currently endemic to win by three or more goals in Budapest an attractive (Asian Handicap -2.5).
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City Hunt Down Clean Sweep
Pep Guardiola’s City team are in contention for top honors in all four of the major competitions they have competed in this season.
Their 1-0 away win at Arsenal on Sunday was their 18e successive victory in all competitions. In the Premier League, it was their 13e successive triumph.
This gave them a 10-point lead at the top of the EPL ahead of second-placed Manchester United.
Meanwhile, they will compete in the EFL Carabao Cup Final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on April 25. And they will visit EPL rival Everton in the FA Cup quarter-final on March 20.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Manchester City statistics
One of the main factors currently highlighted in the analysis of City’s renewed dominance is the defensive pair of John Stones and Portugal’s Ruben Dias.
The clean sheet against Arsenal was 11e in 13 matches together for pairing.
Strength at the back allowed Guardiola’s side to reestablish possession-based dominance higher up the pitch, which has been their hallmark.
In total, City have conceded just 15 EPL goals – 10 short of fifth-best Chelsea, who have the second-best defensive record.
This strength at the back has allowed Guardiola’s side to reestablish possession-based dominance higher up the pitch which has been their hallmark during their most successful seasons under the coach. Spanish.
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– RouteOneFootball (@ Route1futbol) February 18, 2021
They have scored 50 times in the EPL, although it is three less than second-placed United, whose stats are inflated by their recent 9-0 victory over Southampton.
In the UCL group stage, City dominated their section ahead of Porto with five wins and one draw while scoring 13 times and conceding just one goal.
After a 2-1 home loss to Mainz last weekend, Mönchengladbach is in eighth place in the Bundesliga, with coach Marco Rose announcing he will join Borussia Dortmund next season.
It was the team’s second straight loss at home in their current four-game winless streak – FC Koln winning 2-1 at Borussia HQ on February 6.
However, Mönchengladbach recorded a 2-1 away victory over compatriot Bundesliga Stuttgart in the DFB Pokal Cup on February 3.
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Narrow scratch in the last 16
There was a narrow lead for Mönchengladbach in the last 16 at UCL.
They finished second in their section behind Real Madrid and edged third Shakhtar Donetsk thanks to a much greater goal difference and a head-to-head record.
Man City have collected more Premier League points in 2021 (33) than Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal combined (31) 🤯 pic.twitter.com/aokYgY8v1W
– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 21, 2021
Borussia beat Shakhtar 6-0 in Ukraine and won 4-0 at home.
The Germans also had notable 2-2 draws at Inter Milan and at home against Real Madrid in the opening two group matches.
Striker Lars Stindl is Borussia’s top scorer with 13 goals in all competitions – although his goal against Mainz last weekend was his first in six Bundesliga appearances.
It seems highly unlikely that Borussia will pose a great danger ahead of City’s currently resolute backline.
He has scored twice in the UCL campaign with one each in Shakhtar Donestk’s two beatings.
With the next two top scorers – Jonas Hofman and Florian Neuhaus – having scored just four apiece, it seems highly unlikely that Borussia will pose great danger ahead of City’s resolute backline.
Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling are City’s top scorers with 13 apiece in all competitions.
– Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan) February 21, 2021
These two teams met in the group stage in 2016-17. There was a 4-0 win for City before a 1-1 draw on the return trip to Germany.
In total, City have won three times in six games against the Germans with two draws.
Mönchengladbach’s only success was a 3-1 victory in the former UEFA Cup in 1979.
Choice: Manchester City +220 (Asian Handicap -2.5)
John Dillon is a prominent member of the British sports media, having spent three decades as editor, broadcaster and author in a national football and sports newspaper. He has covered five World Cups, six European Championships and was sports editor-in-chief at The Daily Express for 14 years.