Los Galacticos must go for three points in order to secure a place in the knockout phase of the Champions League, and here is our Real Madrid vs Monchengladbach Preview for Wednesday’s match.
Real Madrid Recent Form & Team News
Real Madrid find themselves uncharacteristically out of the top two spots on UEFA Champions League matchday six, but the 13-time European champions can still save their blushes if they get a win here. That would secure a route through to the knockouts, but Madrid must improve their defensive performances after conceding nine goals (1.8 on average per match), their worst-ever tally after five UCL group stage games.
However, both of Madrid’s UCL home fixtures this season saw them concede 2+ goals (W1, L1), and form part of a five-game run of conceding at home in all competitions (W2, L3). In fact, Madrid have also conceded two goals the last four times they hosted a Bundesliga club (W2, D2), bringing up the real possibility of a repeat of this season’s 2-2 reverse fixture.
Player to watch: Karim Benzema is the only Madrid player to have scored in more than two Champions League games this term – he netted their first goal in the reverse fixture.
Hot stat: Madrid’s last nine matches against German opposition witnessed both teams score.
Zinedine Zidane will be without Mariano Diaz, Eden Hazard (knee), Luka Jovic (muscle), Martin Odegaard, and Federico Valverde (shin).
Monchengladbach Recent Form & Team News
Such a repeat would please Borussia Mönchengladbach who can guarantee progression if they secure at least a draw here. However, having scored 2+ goals in all five Champions League fixtures this term (W2, D2, L1) and subsequently netting a joint-group stage high of 3.2 goals per match, an away win isn’t outwith the realms of possibility – a victory would also guarantee them top spot.
On the verge of finishing in the UCL group stage top two for the first time ever, the visitors travel here in great scoring away form too, netting 2+ goals in six straight away games in all competitions (W3, D2, L1). History isn’t on their side though, with Gladbach winless in their last seven away matches in Spain (D2, L5).
Player to watch: Alassane Pléa has scored five goals across Gladbach’s last three UCL matches, netting three before HT.
Marco Rose cannot count on Ramy Bensebaini (illness), Jonas Hofmann (thigh), and Tony Jantschke, while Nico Elvedi is questionable to play with a muscle injury.
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