Manchester City vs. RB Leipzig Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

15 September 2021

Etihad Stadium – Champions League

Jack Grealish in action for Manchester City

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Jack Grealish is set to make his Champions League debut for Manchester City

Manchester City restart their hunt for an elusive Champions League trophy as they welcome RB Leipzig to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. The Bundesliga team have had a surprisingly poor start to the season and are 1.13 to lose according to Spin Sports’ football betting online.

Past Meetings

These teams have not met in competitive football before, with both clubs relatively new players on the European stage. Of the two, City have the greater pedigree on the continent having reached last season’s Champions League final.

Team News

Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne have both struggled with injuries in recent weeks but may be available following the international break. Gabriel Jesus has been utilised in a wide position in recent weeks, but is likely to be dropped for a conventional winger such as Raheem Sterling or Riyad Mahrez.

Jesse Marsch has settled quickly on his preferred starting XI, but may look to make changes ahead of Wednesday’s game. The pace of Yussuf Poulsen or Brian Brobbey could be useful over André Silva up front, while Kevin Kampl could be used to add bodies in midfield.

Manchester City vs. RB Leipzig Preview and Predictions

Manchester City welcome RB Leipzig to the Etihad on Wednesday, with both teams looking to get their Champions League campaigns off to a good start. Pep Guardiola’s side got to the final of the competition last season and will be intent on going one step further this time.

RB Leipzig’s rapid ascent saw the club reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in August 2020, however manager Julian Nagelsmann’s departure over the summer has disrupted progress. Not to be perturbed, Leipzig invested heavily in the transfer market, bringing in eight new players.

A trip to the Etihad is one of the hardest tests in modern football and new manager Jesse Marsch has had little time to integrate new players while making the step up from RB Salzburg. Guardiola, on the other hand, has enjoyed nothing but consistency in recent years and is one of the longest-serving managers in the Premier League.

Man City were uncharacteristically quiet in the transfer window, although captured their one of their main targets in Jack Grealish. The hosts’ dominance of possession should allow the attacking midfielder plenty of time to work his magic on Wednesday, with Grealish unlikely to have to shoulder much defensive responsibility.

The hosts are undoubtedly heavy favourites but showed their vulnerability on the counter-attack last season. If Leipzig can soak up the pressure, they have plenty of pace on the counter-attack to cause problems for the Premier League champions.

Recommended Bets

RB Leipzig to win at 9.25

Manchester City have been prone to lapses in concentration in Europe and RB Leipzig are not to be underestimated.

Over 2.5 goals scored at 1.60

City put five past Arsenal in their last outing before the international break and should be full of confidence on Wednesday.

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