Manchester City vs RB Leipzig
UEFA Champions League,
Date: Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Kick-off 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City begin their new quest for the much-wanted UEFA Champions League trophy on Wednesday evening with the home fixture against RB Leipzig.
Manchester City get back to the Champions League football for the first time since losing the last season’s final to Chelsea (0-1).
Pep Guardiola has guided this team to all possible domestic trophies but he is yet to take the Citizens towards the continental glory and the first-ever Champions League trophy.
While they failed to complete the Harry Kane move from Spurs this summer, Manchester City still look stronger than last year with the addition of Aston Villa’s talisman Jack Grealish on the left flank.
Guardiola usually uses Ferran Torres as a false nine at the start of the new Premier League season and the in-form Spanish midfielder (scored a brace in a 5-0 drubbing of Arsenal before the international break) should be the biggest threat to Leipzig’s goal on Wednesday.
The hosts will fancy their chances of producing in the final third given Leipzig’s poor defensive shape in the last several weeks.
The Germans will travel to the Etihad off the back of consecutive losses in Bundesliga. They’ve just shipped four goals at home to Bayern Munich after the international break.
It is certainly not the kind of form you want to have going face to face with one of the deadliest teams in the world.
Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Head-to-head
These two sides did not have an opportunity to lock horns in the past.
Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Prediction
Manchester City come into this as heavy form favorites. The home court advantage might also play a significant part here if we know that RB Leipzig lost three of the last four Champions League games on the road without scoring a single goal in these defeats (to PSG, Manchester United, and Liverpool).
The Citizens have conceded only one goal in four Premier League outings this term. The home win to nil is the way to go here at the odds of 2.10