Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Borussia M’gladbach play host to Manchester City at their Puskas Arena in the Champions League last 16, first leg. Die Fohlen did well to make it to the knockout stages of the elite competition, but they face an uphill task in the double-header against the star-studded Premier League side. Since the Bundesliga team failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Mainz, we are not tempted to put our money on the underdogs.
The Citizens, on the other hand, look unstoppable at the moment, with the team extending their winning run in all competitions to 18 games at the weekend. Considering that the game will be played behind closed doors, we predict that the in-form visitors are going to get their job done in the first leg. Defender Ake should be the only absentee in the away team as both Aguero and De Bruyne are back to contention. Doucoure is injured for the hosts, while both Zakaria and Thuram are rated doubtful for the match.
Highlighted Player (Christoph Kramer):
Christoph Kramer is a German midfielder born in Solingen on 19 February 1991, and he is most famous for helping Germany lift the 2014 World Cup trophy. The defensive midfielder came to prominence after signing for Bayer Leverkusen, but it was the loan spells with VFL Bochum and Borussia M’gladbach that seriously aided his development.
Kramer received a surprise call up to Joachim Low’s World Cup squad, and he made a total of three appearances in Brazil, even starting the final against Argentina. The midfielder, however, suffered a concussion just after the half hour mark and he later confessed that he couldn’t remember anything from the most important game in his career.
Kramer remained a member of the Germany national team, making three appearances in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, and there is plenty of time for him to represent the country at another major tournament, playing a more important role than the one he had at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Highlighted Team (Man City):
Manchester City are the lest famous of the two major clubs based in Manchester. The club was founded in 1880, but they have been struggling in the English Premier League in the past. Nonetheless, ever since the club was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, the Citizens have been playing an important role in the English top flight.
Manchester City won two Premier League trophies under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini (2011/2012 and 2013/2014), but both managers eventually paid the price for some disappointing results. Man City play their home games at the Etihad Stadium and the stadium capacity is 55,097.
Manchester United are regarded as Manchester City’s biggest rivals and the likes of Kun Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Uwe Rosler, Yaya Toure, Sylvain Distin are some of the most remarkable players that played for the Etihad Stadium outfit. Manchester City have won four Premier League titles and five FA Cup trophies and it has to be noted that they made it to the Champions League semis in the 2015/2016 season.