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Real Madrid vs Borussia Monchengladbach: Go for goals

Kick-off: 2000, 09/12/2020

Stadium: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano

TV: BT Sport

Everything is still to play for in Champions League Group B when Real Madrid entertain Borussia Monchengladbach at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

The Spanish giants could still finish anywhere from top to bottom, while first to third remains possible for their German opponents.

In what could prove a thrilling, end-to-end contest, we’re going to avoid predicting a match result and go with 6/5 for over 3.5 goals as our initial Real Madrid vs Borussia Monchengladbach prediction.

That bet would have paid out in all five of Borussia’s previous matches in this fascinating pool and the attack-minded visitors only know one way to play.

A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds

When these teams met at Borussia-Park back on Matchday 2, Monchengladbach took control through Marcus Thuram’s double.

The 23-year-old finished off a neat counter-attack with a clinical strike on 38 minutes and then tapped in a rebound just before the hour mark.

Real hit the bar in between and bounced back via an 87th-minute poacher’s goal from Karim Benzema and another close-range finish by Casemiro in stoppage time.

Both sides had other chances, so it’s reasonable to expect plenty of goalmouth action again in the return fixture, even with so much at stake.

The Whites did well to beat Inter Milan 3-2 at home and 2-0 away but let themselves down badly in 3-2 and 2-0 defeats by Shakhtar.

Saturday’s 1-0 La Liga win at Sevilla was a boost to morale, though, and Zinedine Zidane remains upbeat about his side’s chances of advancing.

“I’m an optimist,” he declared. “This is a complicated moment but we have to draw on our character and pride. Now it’s time to believe.”

Scoring first would help to settle any nerves and 16/5 for old warhorse Benzema to break the deadlock appeals from the Real Madrid vs Borussia Monchengladbach odds.

The 32-year-old has scored 55 times in 105 European appearances for the 13-time champions.

A Look At Borussia Monchengladbach’s Betting Odds

Monchengladbach go into this contest at the top of the table on eight points, one ahead of Shakhtar and Real, with Inter a further two adrift.

Marco Rose’s side picked up the vast majority of their tally from two huge wins over Shakhtar, prevailing 6-0 and 4-0 against the Ukrainian outfit.

Alassane Plea hit a hat-trick in the first of those fixtures and also bagged a brace in last week’s home clash with Inter.

However, Romelu Lukaku was on fire in both that 3-2 triumph for the Nerazzurri and when they drew 2-2 in Milan.

Midfielder Christoph Kramer remains in a defiant mood, declaring: “We’re ready for what Real have to throw at us in the final game.

“At the start of the groups, if you’d had offered us being top of the group with one game to spare and our fate in our own hands, we’d have all signed the dotted line.

“We’ve proven our quality and shown that we can pick up a result against Real. We have to believe in ourselves and play with more conviction than we did at times versus Inter.”

Plea warmed up for this clash by grabbing the final goal in his side’s 2-2 Bundesliga draw at Freiburg on Saturday.

We think 23/10 for the French forward to score at any time in Spain is worth backing for our final Real Madrid vs Borussia Monchengladbach prediction.

Additional stats

Last Champions League result:

Shakhtar 2-0 REAL MADRID

BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH 2-3 Inter Milan – Alassane Plea

Head-to-head: Monchengladbach 2-2 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 1-1 Monchengladbach, Monchengladbach 2-2 Real Madrid

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