Borussia Monchengladbach and Real Madrid come together at Borussia-Park in the Champions League on Tuesday night. The Bundesliga representatives enjoyed a strong result in their opening Group B fixture last time out, while the La Liga champions certainly did not.
Where and when: Borussia-Park – 27 October, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Gladbach vs. Real Madrid: BT Sport
Last time: This will be the first time these two teams clash, so we break new ground whatever happens in this game.
Gladbach v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid have suffered a dismal start to the new season, having ended the last one on such a positive note by reclaiming the La Liga crown for the first time in three years. Borussia Monchengladbach were in the hunt for the Bundesliga title for much of last term, and should prove stiff opposition for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Los Blancos almost recovered from the shock of going 3-0 down in the first half of their opener against Shakhtar Donetsk last week, denied a last-minute equaliser by a VAR offside call. Prior to the first Clasico of the season away to Barcelona at the weekend, Madrid had only won three of their first six games of the new season, having lost 1-0 at home to minnows Cadiz just before their Champions League defeat.
Gladbach, on the other hand, picked up an excellent point away to Europe League finalists Inter Milan. It was nearly even better for Marco Rose’s side, with Romelu Lukaku’s late equaliser denying the Foals a famous win. Die Borussen have been struggling a little bit on the domestic front though, after only winning one of their opening four Bundesliga matches, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Mainz.
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Real Madrid to win and BTTS
Real Madrid to win 3-2
Benzema to score first
The hosts here aren’t helped much by their injury list either, with five players either out or doubtful. That includes Andreas Poulsen, Denis Zakaria and Louis Beyer, as well as Valentino Lazaro and Mamadou Doucoure. Madrid, meanwhile, continue to be without Eden Hazard, while Dani Carvajal and Martin Odegaard are both injured, with Mariano Diaz and Alvaro Odriozola further doubts.
Despite their abject performance last time out in the Champions League, Madrid are the 22/25 favourites to respond with a victory here. Gladbach are priced at 3/1, while the draw in these Gladbach v Real Madrid predictions is also available at 3/1.
One to watch for Gladbach: French forward Alassane Plea usually leads the line for Gladbach. He scored 10 goals in 27 Bundesliga appearances last season, and is 15/2 to break the deadlock in this game.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Another French forward, Karim Benzema, has led the line for Madrid for some 11 seasons now. The veteran striker is searching for top form this term, and 4/1 to do so by netting the opener here.
Long shot: Madrid may have lost 3-2 in their Champions League opener, but Los Blancos won by the same scoreline away to Real Betis in La Liga the other week. Zidane’s side are 18/1 to win this one 3-2, rising to 80/1 with Benzema scoring first.