Real Madrid v Borussia Monchengladbach tips

When the Champions League group stage draw was made, the general feeling was that Real Madrid and Internazionale would be through to the last sixteen well before the final round of games, although things haven’t worked out that way and it’s fair to say that all four teams can go through from Group B, including Borussia Monchengladbach and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Real Madrid now face Monchengladbach and there’s a fair degree of pressure on Zinedine Zidane’s team who have only won two of their five games played thus far, with Los Merengues turned over at home to Shakhtar and they were then beaten in Ukraine last week.

Despite this wobbly form in Europe, Real are no bigger than 3/4 with the leading UK bookies to get the better of their German opponents and we’re surprised that the team from the Spanish capital are trading at such a big price considering that they are going to be facing dangerous opposition.

Can Borussia Monchengladbach Pull Off a UCL Shock?

Many football experts won’t consider it a particular shock if Borussia Monchengladbach leave the Bernabeu with a victory although the plain fact is that the visitors only need a single point in Madrid in order to go through and one would imagine that the Bundesliga outfit are more than capable of achieving that scoreline.

After all, two goals from Marcus Thuram put Marco Rose’s side in a winning position against Real in the reverse fixture only for a late comeback to salvage a point for an out-of-sorts team who don’t look like one of the favourites to win this season’s competition despite their recent La Liga title.

Monchengladbach have had a modest start to their domestic campaign, landing fifteen points from nine games played although their European participation has probably affected domestic form and the goals have been flying in during recent encounters.

The 6-0 victory away to Shakhtar was particularly eye-catching, with Alassane Plea bagging a hat-trick and the Frenchman also scored twice during his team’s recent 3-2 reverse at home to Inter.

Should Real Madrid Be Favourites for Clash?

The bookies clearly expect Zinedine Zidane’s team to produce the goods for what will be a challenging match although domestic form of seventeen points landed from ten games doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that they should be trading at a best price 8/11 to get the job done.

At the Bernabeu, there have only been six goals scored in four league matches and they were recently turned over 2-1 at home to Alaves before that reverse in the Ukraine, so the stats would suggest that we can oppose the home side with a fair degree of confidence.

Real had an air of invincibility about them when Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were running the show and the same was expected when Eden Hazard signed, although the Belgian is on the sidelines once again, with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric no longer having the players around them to make the side tick.

What Are the Best Bets For This Match?

The matches during this group phase have been high-scoring and we can’t avoid the prospect of seeing the goals rain in, with the bookies offering 8/13 about Over 2.5 Goals and that’s a price worth considering if you’re putting together an accumulator.

Borussia Monchengladbach are trading at odds as big as 4/1 to win this clash and we can’t rule out the possibility that the visitors will make amends for that late slip-up in the reverse fixture when they looked to be home and hosed before a late finale.

You could also back the visitors on the Asian Handicap betting market and Unibet have 57/50 about Rose’s team with half a goal advantage, with that meaning they only need a draw to win with this bet.

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