Prediction Manchester City vs RB Leipzig, Champions League Group Phase, Thursday 16 September 2021 – 1NEWS

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Prediction Manchester City vs RB Leipzig, Champions League Group Phase, Thursday 16 September 2021


Crazybola.com – Manchester City will once again be fighting for their first Champions League trophy of the season with a home match against RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium on the first week of their group A phase on Thursday (16/9).

Manchester City were actually very close to claiming the first European trophy in their history last season, unfortunately that despite acting as favourites, they lost 1-0 to Chelsea, as well as Pep Guardiola’s hat-trick against Thomas Tuchel.

Match Preview

Traveling to Porto with label favourites, Manchester City get the biggest chance to end their Champions League wait, sadly that Kai Havertz’s lone goal once again dashed hopes The Citizens, and gave Chelsea a second title.

Pep Guardiola may have guided Manchester City to many domestic trophies over the last few years, but Champions League success remains elusive as they prepare to play in the group stage for the 11th successive season.

Manchester City are now set to restart their campaign by hosting RB Leipzig at the Etihad having won their last three Premier League games without conceding a goal and scoring a total of 11 goals, including a 0-1 win over Leicester City over the weekend.

A manager admitting that his team may not be ready for the next game is not a good sign, but those were the words spoken by RB Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch after his side’s poor start to the new season continued against Bayern Munich.

Under the tutelage of the old boss Die Bullen Julian Nagelsmann, Bayern Munich stormed RB Leipzig’s goal with four goals through goals from Robert Lewandowski, Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala and Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting in a match that ended in a 1-4 win for the Bavarian giants.

After finishing as runners-up last season, RB Leipzig have now lost three of their opening four Bundesliga matches, stranded 12th in the table which suggests they are far from ideal ahead of a difficult trip to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Meeting Record

Manchester City have never faced RB Leipzig in a competitive match, so this will be the first meeting between the two teams.

Team News

Zack Steffen has tested positive for the corona virus and must be absent here. Benjamin Mendy was suspended by the club for being a criminal defendant.

Marcelo Saracchi and Marcel Halstenberg missed RB Leipzig’s trip to Manchester through injury.

Player Estimate

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson Moraes; Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Kyle Walker; Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne; Riyad Mahrez, Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling

RB Leipzig XI (4-2-3-1): Peter Gulacsi; Angelino, Mohamed Sisian, Willi Orban, Lukas Klostermann; Amadou Haidara, Tyler Adams; Emil Forsberg, Christopher Nkunku, Dominik Szoboszlai; Andre Silva

Prediction

RB Leipzig have a poor record in their last experience in this competition, having conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches in the Champions League. While they have also lost 3 of their 4 games in the Bundesliga, these are far from ideal conditions against Manchester City.

The hosts have been in great form, having won all of their last three Premier League games, keeping three clean sheets and scoring a total of 11 goals in the process. So Manchester City are the better team at the moment and should be able to win this game.

Score Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 RB Leipzig

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