Man Utd 1-2 Man City (Kevin De Bruyne, Kelechi Iheanacho)
Freiburg 3-1 Borussia Monchengladbach (Thorgan Hazard)
Kick Off: 19.45, 14/09/2016
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Head-to-head: Man City 4-2 Borussia Monchengladbach, Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 Man City, Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 Man City, Man City 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
* Manchester City (-1) to win @ 5/4
* Over 2.5 second-half goals @ 2/1
* Kevin De Bruyne to score first (check prices)
* Pep Guardiola led Bayern Munich to three group-stage home wins last season at a combined score of 14-1
* Three strikes were registered after the break in both of this pair’s matches against each other last season
* Kevin De Bruyne was the last Man City player to score a Champions League opener in 2015/16 and broke the deadlock in the Premier League over the weekend
A look at Man City’s betting odds
The most frightening thing about Manchester City’s first half destruction of neighbours Manchester United in their own back yard was the fact that Pep Guardiola clearly hasn’t finished tinkering yet.
Ilkay Gundogan, an oft-injured yet supremely-rated midfielder bought for £20m from Borussia Dortmund during the summer, could make his long-awaited debut at the Etihad, after Leroy Sane was given half an hour to stretch his legs at Old Trafford.
Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made things interesting just before half time when spilling a catch, allowing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to pull one back for the hosts, and could have been sent off for a tackle on Wayne Rooney, but the Champions League-winning former Barcelona man is forgiven his shaky start.
At 5/4 odds to win with a one-goal handicap, City look a banker in the betting.
A look at Borussia Monchengladbach’s betting odds
Being pitted against City at the group stage for the second season on the bounce can’t have been music to the ears of Andre Schubert’s men, who went down 4-2 at the Etihad last December, having been beaten by then-boss Manuel Pellegrini’s charges 2-1 at home.
Pellegrini coaxed those performances out of his players directly after damaging 4-1 and 2-0 away defeats against Tottenham and Stoke respectively, so Guardiola’s improved, in-form outfit ought to be an even worse proposition.
Add in Gladbach coming off the back of a 3-1 defeat at Freiburg last time out and it’s not hard to see why their all the way back at 11/2 in the betting, with those odds still showing little value.