Champions League Football News – Manchester City vs RB Leipzig

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Champions League Football News – Manchester City vs RB Leipzig
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Manchester City will begin their quest for European success against RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening. With City keen on avenging years of UCL heartbreak, here’s some Champions League football news – Manchester City vs RB Leipzig.

Manchester City, the hosts here, lost to Chelsea in the final of the 2020-21 Champions League season (football prediction).

On the other hand, Leipzig faced elimination sooner, they were out in the last 16 against Liverpool (football news).

Team News

Manchester City

  • Zack Steffen recently tested positive for COVID-19 and he will thus not play here.
  • Benjamin Mendy has been remanded in police custody, and so, he is out too.
  • John Stones and Oleksandr Zinchenko, who have yet to start a competitive City game this season, may benefit from defensive rotation here.
  • For the visitors, finally, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, and Riyad Mahrez are all in contention.

Manchester City possible starting lineup: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, Silva; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling

RB Leipzig

  • Because they’re both suffering from injuries, Marcelo Saracchi and Marcel Halstenberg will miss the trip to Manchester.
  • Angelino played 58 minutes of his injury comeback last weekend, but he will look to start here.
  • Head coach Jesse Marsch may also start Lukas Klostermann in place of Nordi Mukiele at right-back.
  • Tyler Adams, Amadou Haidara, and Emil Forsberg were among the substitutes in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Bayern Munich. And they could return to the starting lineup.

RB Leipzig possible starting lineup: Gulacsi; Klostermann, Orban, Simakan, Angelino; Laimer, Haidara; Nkunku, Olmo, Szoboszlai; Silva

Champions League Football News – Manchester City vs RB Leipzig

  • Manchester City has recovered well from their opening weekend 1-0 loss to Tottenham. They won the next three league matches, all the while scoring 11 goals and conceding none. They’ll need a winning start to their European campaign on Wednesday after losing in the Champions League final in May.
  • On the other hand, RB Leipzig have struggled under Jesse Marsch, losing three of their last four league games. Most recently, on Saturday Bayern humiliated them in Leipzig. And as for their Champions League record, last season, Manchester United destroyed them 5-0 in the group stages. So, perhaps all they’ll be hoping for is to avoid a repeat like that this week.
  • All in all, City has the greater depth and is on a three-game winning streak.

Despite their struggles, Leipzig have a lot of attacking talent. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if Marsch’s team managed to break the Premier League champions’ defensive resistance.

City, however, has had a far superior start to the season and are more determined to be champions this season.

So, finally, we can only back Pep Guardiola’s men to win convincingly.

Our Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 RB Leipzig

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