Having dropped out of the Champions League group stages, Borussia Monchengladbach will be hoping to get their Europa League campaign off to a strong start when they welcome Fiorentina to Borussia Park for Thursday’s last-32 first leg.
Die Fohlen won just one of their six Champions League group stage matches but are even money (2.00) favourites with Paddy Power to bolster their chances of progressing in this competition by coming out on top here.
Meanwhile, Paulo Sousa’s men made it through to this stage as group winners after four victories and just one defeat in six matches, and can be backed at 12/5 (3.40) to take control of the tie with a priceless away victory in Germany.
The hosts were held to draws in their last two European matches on home turf and are on offer at 23/10 (3.30) to play out another stalemate in this one.
While finishing third in a Champions League group behind Barcelona and Manchester City was by no means a bad accomplishment for Andre Schubert, the team’s poor domestic form led to his dismissal just before the winter break.
Appointed as the new boss in December, Dieter Hecking appears to have already turned things around after four wins from his first five matches in charge.
In contrast, opposite number Sousa has been struggling all season to win over fans who refuse to forget his playing career at arch rivals Juventus and are suspicious of speculation touting him as Massimiliano Allegri’s successor.
Recent form – particularly on the road - has not helped the Portuguese manager, who has seen his side lose five of their last eight away games, most recently a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Roma.
With Gladbach currently enjoying a four-match winning streak, those even money (2.00) quotes offer strong value on Fiorentina suffering more woe on their travels and heading back to Italy on the back of another defeat.
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