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Gladbach vs. Real Madrid Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
26 October 2020
Tuesday 27 October
Borussia Park – Champions League
Real Madrid look to bounce back following Champions League defeat as they travel to Germany on Tuesday to face Gladbach. Los Blancos were shocked in their first group game by Shakhtar Donetsk, raising questions about Zinedine Zidane and his players.
The sides have not met in competitive football.
Marco Rose may be able to welcome back Denis Zakaria after the midfielder continues his return from a knee injury. Andreas Poulson is almost certain to miss out, meaning that Nico Elvedi is set to continue at centre-back for Gladbach.
Sergio Ramos is set to return for Real Madrid at the weekend, meaning that the captain will likely feature on Tuesday. Eden Hazard’s absence continues however, with Martin Odegaard an injury doubt. Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozorla are both out injured causing a right-back problem for Zinedine Zidane.
Gladbach vs. Real Madrid Predictions, Preview and Predictions
Gladbach welcome Real Madrid to Borussia Park on Tuesday as they host Champions League football again after four years on the outside. The home side are 3.80 to win, the visitors priced at 1.95 and a draw is available at 3.90.
Marco Rose’s side were highly impressive in the Bundesliga last season but ran out of steam as their campaign wore on, and eventually had to settle for fourth place. They were only four points off Dortmund in second, but a whopping 17 adrift of champions Bayern Munich. Gladbach have started fast once again and are unbeaten in the league since their heavy defeat to Dortmund on the opening day.
Real Madrid face a similar prospect to BVB with their host of young, fast attacking players. Karim Benzema may be the mainstay centre-forward, but will have Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior or Rodrygo operating around him. Even so, Borussia may well be better placed to face their super-power opponents than on matchday one.
Marco Rose’s side are well set-up to operate on the counter-attack, with Alessane Plea and Marcus Thuram fast and direct forwards. To further improve their chances, Real Madrid have to face Barcelona before they welcome their German opponents, meaning that Zinedine Zidane will have to either rotate his strongest XI or risk a fatigued side.
Real Madrid go into Tuesday’s game as heavy favourites but have recently shown their vulnerability against Shakhtar in the opening fixture. If Borussia can stick to their game plan they may well be in with a chance of a result.
Both teams to score at 1.48
Real Madrid may be vulnerable to the counter-attack but should score themselves too. Certainly, Gladbach will know they need to maintain a threat on the break, and not let Madrid pen them into their own half.
Madrid to win and over 3.5 goals scored at 3.75
With Madrid potentially fatiguing later on in the game the match could see a number of late goals. The running in the Gladbach forward line will be crucial.