UCL: Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Team news, Possible lineup and Preview

UCL: Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Team news, Possible lineup and Preview

Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Preview, Betting Tips and Match analysis ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League fixture.  City return to European action for the first time since their Champions League final defeat to Chelsea.

  • Manchester City have won each of their last three competitive home games 5-0.
  • RB Leipzig  lost 4-1 at home to Bayern at the weekend and have five defeats in their last seven away games.
  • Leipzig lost three of their four Champions League games against Premier League teams last season.

City can overpower Leipzig

Manchester City get their Champions League campaign underway with a home game against RB Leipzig as they bid to go one better after losing in the final last season.

City were perhaps suffering from a European hangover in the early stages of the season as they lost the Community Shield to Leicester and then their Premier League curtain raiser to Spurs, but they’ve responded well with three wins in a row – scoring 11 goals without reply during that run.

Leipzig have struggled to get going under new boss Jesse Marsch after Julian Nagelsmann departed for Bayern Munich at the end of last season.  The German club have lost three of their four Bundesliga games so far, winning the other, and could be in for a tough night in Manchester on Wednesday.

Expect a convincing win for the hosts

City have played two home games this season and have won both 5-0.  Pep Guardiola’s men may not win by quite that margin against their first European opponents of the new campaign but they can still win with some room to spare and my main tip for this contest is a home win with a -1 handicap.

The Premier League champions won all six of their home games in the Champions League last season and five of those successes came by at least two goals.  Leipzig were thrashed 4-1 at home by Bayern Munich at the weekend and have lost five of their last seven competitive away games stretching back into last season, including both of their Bundesliga trips this term. 

Leipzig unlikely to trouble City’s backline

Die Rotten Bullen came up against Premier League opposition twice in Europe last season, losing 5-0 at Manchester United in the group stages and then 2-0 at Liverpool in the first knock-out round, failing to score in three of their four meetings with English teams in total.

Leipzig are yet to score on the road in the Bundesliga and they are unlikely to create too many chances in Manchester.  City have managed three clean sheets in a row and are yet to concede at home this season and can keep that record intact when the German outfit visit on Wednesday, with a 4-0 home win having some appeal in the correct score market.

A Gundogan goal has potential

Ilkay Gundogan has one goal in five games for City this season but the German playmaker did have a good scoring record in the Champions League last year with three goals in 12 outings.  The midfielder also tends to enjoy playing against teams from his homeland and scored in the home leg of the knock-out tie against Borussia Monchengladbach last season and provided an assist in the following round against Borussia Dortmund when they visited the Etihad Stadium.

Team news

City have welcomed Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne back to the fold in recent days, and both men are in contention to feature this week after being named on the bench at the King Power at the weekend.

The returns of De Bruyne and Foden leaves the COVID-positive Zack Steffen as City's only absentee through illness or injury, while Benjamin Mendy has been remanded in custody after being charged with rape and sexual assault.

John Stones has seen his opportunities limited so far this term but will hope to displace Aymeric Laporte here, while Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling could be introduced in an attacking reshuffle.

Meanwhile, Leipzig defender Marcelo Saracchi continues to rehabilitate following a cruciate ligament tear, while Marcel Halstenberg is nursing an ankle problem.

Angelino was fit enough to play 58 minutes against Bayern after shaking off a muscular issue, while Lukas Klostermann is an option for change on the opposite side over Nordi Mukiele.

Marsch will certainly ponder further alterations after his side were humbled by Bayern, with Amadou Haidara and Emil Forsberg among those pushing for places.

Manchester City possible starting lineup:

Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, Silva; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling

RB Leipzig possible starting lineup:

Gulacsi; Klostermann, Orban, Simakan, Angelino; Laimer, Haidara; Nkunku, Olmo, Szoboszlai; Silva

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