Football Bet of the Day: Barca to dance to Schubert's tune

Gladbach don't have to deal with this man tonight
Gladbach don't have to deal with this man tonight

After a winner in Spain, Kev's taking us to one of tonight's most intriguing Champions League matches...

"Barca are obviously strong even without Lionel Messi, but this is their biggest test away from home this season. Gladbach have won 18 of their 23 home games since Andre Schubert took charge."

Back Borussia Monchengladbach +1.0 & +1.5 on the Asian Handicap at 1.910/11

Borussia Monchengladbach v Barcelona
Wednesday September 28, 19:45
Live on BT Sport

Sevilla 1 Lyon 0 last night, and we're on the board for this week. We'll stick with the Champions League tonight, switching our attentions to Germany's Rhineland, as Borussia Monchengladbach prepare for a glamourous clash with Barcelona.

Gladbach made a terrible start to their group-stage campaign, as they were shredded 4-0 at Manchester City, but life is generally rosy for the Foals. They have qualified for the Champions League group stage two seasons running, and coach Andre Schubert has just had his contract extended to 2019.

The basis of Gladbach's revival under Schubert - he replaced Lucien Favre after the team lost the first five league games of last season - has been stellar home form. BMG have won 18 of their 23 home matches in all competitions since Schubert took the reins, including a stunning 3-1 win over mighty Bayern Munich.

With exceptional Brazilian forward Raffael believed to be back from injury, and Thorgan Hazard in the form of his career, Gladbach have the tools to take on Barcelona's defence.

Obviously the main difficulty for the hosts will be how to keep Barca's incredible attack at bay. That said, Lionel Messi is out injured, which gives the hosts a boost. Obviously that Luis Suarez feller's pretty good, and I've heard Neymar's ok, but every little helps.

Barca have won all four away games this season, and in their last two they have put five past Leganes and another five past Sporting Gijon. That said, I believe this is their toughest test to date, especially without the talismanic Messi. If, buoyed by raucous home support, Gladbach play to their maximum and Barca have a bad evening, I can see the hosts causing an upset.

If we back Gladbach +1.0 & +1.5 on the Asian Handicap at 1.910/11, only a two-goal defeat sees us lose our stake, and a one-goal loss for the hosts still gives us a half-win. Gladbach have never lost by more than a goal at home under Schubert.

Recommended Bet

Back Borussia Monchengladbach +1.0 & +1.5 on the Asian Handicap at 1.910/11

2016 P/L (1 pt per bet)

Points Staked: 143

Points Returned: 144.7

P/L: +1.7 points

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