Manchester City and RB Leipzig meet at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night, in their first UEFA Champions League game this season. The Citizens are in excellent shape at the moment, posting some very convincing performances and wins. Meanwhile, the team from Leipzig is in the process of a rebuild, and things haven’t been that well for them. It seems that all the talented players signed this offseason need more time to adapt and create chemistry. That is the reason for all the mixed results RB had in the recent few weeks.
Manchester City (-300) didn’t concede a single goal in the past three games, while on the other side, they’ve scored 11. After trashing Norwich and Arsenal at home, 5-0, the Citizens came back victorious from Leicester this Saturday, defeating the hosts with a minimal result, 0-1.
Jack Grealish blended in solidly, and the English midfielder already started making some impact on the game. Overall, City didn’t change its style of play compared to the previous seasons. They will love to control the ball and set the pace on the field.
When it comes to efficiency, if you noticed, all five competitive matches this season were with just one side netting. And interestingly, when playing on the road, we still didn’t see a game with more than one goal.
RB Leipzig (+750) suffered a huge blow this weekend, losing at home to their biggest rival, Bayern Munich. Now, that wasn’t just a loss, but a humiliation as Bayern posted a 1-4 triumph, with Julian Nagelsmann not having any sympathy for his former team.
This was the first match following four straight with both teams to score. Previously, RB won two events, in Sandhauzen (DFB Pokal) and at home to Stuttgart (Bundesliga) with the same result, 4-0. On the other side, two losses came away from Leipzig, in Mainz and Wolfsburg, 1-0.
Jesse Marsch is still searching for the best formation and is trying to adapt to the new circumstances himself, which is why RB’s game still looks undefined. But overall, they should be playing like in the past, relying upon fast counter-attacks with strong defense.
All the important players are going to be ready for City’s match on Wednesday night.
On the other side, Halstenberg, Raebiger and Saracchi are all out for the guests.
Head to Head Games
Manchester City and RB Leipzig never met before this game.
This should be a routine game for the home side, who is much better than its rival in all the positions. We expect to see the Bulls pretty tight in the backline, possibly with a player more in the defense or two defensive midfielders. Marsch knows that waiting for counter-attacks might be the only way for him to stay unbeaten in Manchester. Still, in our opinion, that won’t save the guests, because City knows how to behave in such situations. Our pick here would be City to win, -300, and even though it is not a big winning, for us, it is the safest choice at the moment.
Pick: City to win -300
Here are the previews for more UEFA Champions League games:
- Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich
- Besiktas vs. Borussia Dortmund
- Club Brugge vs. PSG
- Chelsea vs. Zenit
- Inter Milan vs. Real Madrid
- Liverpool vs. Inter Milan
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