Champions League Free Play: Manchester City vs Gladbach

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Manchester City holds a 2-0 lead over Borussia Monchengladbach as the two teams prepare for their second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 matchup. WagerTalk soccer handicapper Nick Borrman offers his thoughts on Tuesday’s neutral site matchup.

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Manchester City looks focused after seeing their 21-game winning streak snapped at the hands of their cross-town rivals, Manchester United. In all honesty, that loss is a good thing long-term for them so they can stop talking about the streak and just focus on what they need to do. Another good thing for them here is that they have the Premier League wrapped up at this point and all attention can be on finally getting over that Champions League hump. Pep will have these boys focused and ready to go and not allow Gladbach to even get a sliver of hope with a goal.

Gladbach are reeling and have now lost six-straight games which is pretty remarkable considering how good this team could be. Most of that can be attributed to their manager Marco Rose announcing he was leaving the club to go to their rivals Dortmund. Why he would think it was a good idea to announce that midseason is beyond me, but nevertheless, he did, and the players were not happy and their performances have been uninspiring to say the least. I don’t see them even getting on the board here much like that first meeting.

Pep will push his boys to come our early and put this aggregate away in the first half.

TAKE MANCHESTER CITY -0.75 FIRST HALF

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Meet the Capper: Nick Borrman

Nick Borrman fell in love with professional โ€˜footballโ€™ (as anyone outside of the United States would refer to it) the first time he attended an MLS game seven years ago. Now, he uses statistical analysis as well as current trends to successfully find value on soccer matches across the globe. Borrman focuses much of his attention on the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Bundesliga and Serie A, as well as the most prestigious tournament of them all, the Champions League. Of course, you canโ€™t forget the fast-growing MLS which finishes the year-round soccer schedule through the summer months in North America. Borrman derives many of his plays from his model forecasts and releases plays several days ahead of time to consistently beat line moves.

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