Manchester City continue their quest for a first Uefa Champions League title when they play Borussia Monchengladbach in the second leg of their last 16 tie on Tuesday.
The English Premier League leaders take a 2-0 lead into the second half of the contest, thanks to a routine evening in Budapest three weeks ago.
It didn’t do City any harm that the Bundesliga side were robbed of their home advantage, with Covid-19 protocols seeing the game, as well as the second leg, shifted to the Puskas Arena in the Hungarian capital.
Goals either side of half time from Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus sealed the deal, with boss Pep Guardiola bemoaning his side’s inability to further press home their dominance.
And City, who are coasting towards yet another EPL title on the domestic front, come into this one boosted by a clean bill of health in their dazzling squad, softening the blow of not being able to host the fixture at the Etihad Stadium.
Aymeric Laporte could start in the heart of defence at the expense of John Stones, with fellow defender Nathan Ake having also returned to training.
Raheem Sterling should add yet more potency to the front line, too, as the Sky Blues eye a quarter-final place.
Gladbach have Ramy Bensebaini and Chrisoph Kramer doubtful for their return to Budapest thanks to injury.
Coach Marco Rose, who is bound for German rivals Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, may opt to bring in Denis Zakaria and Oscar Wendt in place of the crocked pair.
Manchester City vs Borussia Monchengladbach: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Manchester City vs Borussia Monchengladbach: UCL starting XI prediction
Probable Manchester City Starting XI: Ederson, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Kevin de Bruyne, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling.
Probable Borussia Monchengladbach Starting XI: Yann Sommer, Steffan Lainer, Matthias Ginter, Nico Elvedi, Oscar Wendt, Denis Zakaria, Florian Neuhaus, Jonas Hofmann, Lars Stindl, Marcus Thuram, Alassane Plea.