Previews

Wednesday 30 September 2015
7:45pm
B Monchengladbach
VS
Man City

Manchester City travel to Borussia Monchengladbach with both sides looking to get off the mark in the competition after losing their opening game.

A trip to a fashionable German city during late September sounds an enjoyable experience for most, however, City may not be as excited given their recent slump in form.

Starting with the 2-1 home defeat against Juventus a fortnight ago, three defeats in four will have the powers that be at Eastlands concerned after their early season brilliance.

Saturday’s horror show at Tottenham was more evidence that City are still somewhat short of having the complete weaponry primed for a true challenge of Europe’s elite competition, however, Wednesday night could be “the night that changed everything” in regards to their 2015/2016 European campaign.

 

 

Their hosts, Monchengladbach, have enjoyed better results in recent times after a disastrous start to the season which saw them lose their opening five league matches and Champions League opener away to Sevilla.

This poor run of results saw likeable Swiss boss Lucien Favre resign just months after guiding them to a third placed finish and the group stage proper of this competition for the first time since it was rebranded in 1992.

André Schubert, who’s stepped into the role as interim manager, has overseen two victories from two matches, meaning the Foals will come into this match full of confidence.

Captain Vincent Kompany is still sidelined with a calf problem and has been ruled out along with Gael Clichy, Fabian Delph, Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony.

In better news for the visitors, David Silva and Yaya Toure are expected to start after overcoming injuries.

Schubert will be without defender Martin Stranzl, while Tony Jantschke (thigh) is a major doubt.

Group Position: Monchengladbach – 4th, 0 pts.; Man City – 3rd, 0pts
Last Meeting: Monchengladbach 3-1 Man City, March 20, 1979
Key Men: Monchengladbach – Granit Xhaka; Man City – David Silva
Form: Monchengladbach – LLLWW; Man City – WLLWL
Shoot Says: Monchengladbach 2-2 Man City

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