Barcelona come into this encounter already sitting pretty at the top of their group and will know that they have a great chance to take the group lead ahead of Manchester City with a solid victory tonight. Barcelona have relied a lot of their scoring in recent times on Luis Suarez and Neymar who come into this game with 3 goals combined on the weekend. That should help elevate tensions of the Barca faithful who think that the team needs to depend sorely on Messi, who is injured for this encounter. Barcelona will also rely on the creativity of players like Turan, Iniesta and Rakitic along with the full backs Alba and Roberto to create enough chances for the front two to score. Defensively Barcelona have been struggling especially in recent times since Bravo has left them, conceding in 3 out of their last 5 games. There could be an opportunity to be exposed, which Barcelona will have to outscore Gladbach to win the tie then.
Gladbach come into this game after a good run of form by winning 2 and drawing 1 after they lost out by a 4-0 margin to Manchester City. Gladbach will be hoping that their home fans will help them through the game as they have now scored 6 goals in their last 2 home games led by Stindl, Hazard and Rafael. A lot of reliance will be on Gladbach opening the scoring to steal the tie for that Stindl, Hazard and Hahn need to step up given the absences to key players in Raffael, Hermann, Drmic and Strobl. Gladbach have been struggling defensively however, shipping out goals in 8 out of the 10 games that they have played this season, and that will be their achilles heel especially when the free scoring Barcelona come to town.
Barcelona will look to take advantage of the struggling Gladbach and push a lot of goals past them and I am backing Barcelona to win and over 2.5 goals; given the fact that 7 out of 10 Gladbach games have been over 2.5 goals and 6 out of 9 Barcelona games have been over 2.5 goals.