Real Madrid have never failed to get out of their group in the Champions League, but that’s a distinct possibility should Los Blancos fail to beat Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday night. A draw is enough for Gladbach to secure their safe passage to the last 16.
Where and when: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano – 9 December, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Gladbach: BT Sport
Last time: Real staged a dramatic late comeback to rescue a point in Monchengladbach towards the end of October.
Real Madrid v Gladbach Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid needed 87th and 93rd-minute goals from Karim Benzema and Casemiro to cancel out Marcus Thuram’s brace and salvage a 2-2 draw when these teams met earlier in this Champions League campaign. Failure to go one better and secure a victory against Borussia Monchengladbach in this game would see the 13-time European champions eliminated at the group stage for the first time ever.
Gladbach, meanwhile, have done brilliantly to lead Group B ahead of Real, Inter and Shakhtar Donetsk, heading into the final round of fixtures. Die Fohlen were a little unlucky to lose 3-2 to Inter last time out, and not to beat Madrid in the reverse fixture. However, their resounding 6-0 and 4-0 victories over Shakhtar have left them only needing a point from this Real Madrid v Gladbach preview.
Despite their hosts’ struggles, that won’t be easy. Madrid’s players and manager have vast experience of going all the way in this tournament, although they could be missing a number of key men here through injury. Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard and Dani Carvajal are all set to miss out, while Thibaut Courtois and Federico Valverde are also doubts.
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Gladbach coach Marco Rose has concerns over Nico Elvedi and Jonas Hofmann, while Ramy Bensebaini is expected to miss out due to a positive Covid-19 test. Their chances will rest on the likes of Thuram and Alassane Plea, with the latter firing in five goals in his team’s five Champions League matches so far.
Madrid’s approach to the game will also be key. If they’re too gung-ho, this game will open up and Gladbach are hugely dangerous on the break. If they aren’t aggressive enough, their defence will be put to the test and the away team will have their chances.
Despite the threat Gladbach pose, Madrid still start this game as the odds-on favourites with all of the best betting sites. They are 3/4 for the win with William Hill, while Die Borussen are 17/4 in these Real Madrid v Gladbach predictions. If you fancy the visitors to get the draw they need, that’s available at 3/1.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Los Blancos need their experienced heads to guide them through this tricky fixture, and much will rest on Karim Benzema’s performance on Wednesday night.
One to watch for Gladbach: Son of France legend Lillian, Marcus Thuram is an exciting prospect and the kind of player Madrid will be keeping a keen eye on both this week and in the future.
Long shot: Gladbach were incredibly unfortunate not to win against Madrid earlier in this group. Die Fohlen were well worth their 2-2 draw, with the same scoreline in this game priced at 13/1 and sending Madrid crashing out of the competition.