Manchester City begin their quest for European success against RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening. As City plans avenging years of Champions League heartbreak, here’s our Champions League football prediction – Manchester City vs RB Leipzig.
The hosts lost to Chelsea in the final of the 2020-21 season, which was not what our football prediction anticipated.
Meanwhile, RB Leipzig suffered elimination much earlier than that in the last 16 by Liverpool (the football news).
- Zack Steffen recently tested positive for COVID-19 and will remain disqualified, whereas Benjamin Mendy has been remanded in police custody.
- Meanwhile, John Stones and Oleksandr Zinchenko have yet to start a competitive game for City this season. So, here, they will be hoping for some defensive rotation that allows them to start.
- For the visitors, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, and Riyad Mahrez are all in contention to start.
Manchester City possible starting lineup: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, Silva; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling
- Due to injuries, Marcelo Saracchi and Marcel Halstenberg will both certainly miss the trip to Manchester.
- Angelino played for 58 minutes upon his injury comeback last weekend, but he may get to start here. Jesse Marsch may also start Lukas Klostermann in place of Nordi Mukiele at right-back.
- Tyler Adams, Amadou Haidara, and Emil Forsberg were among the substitutes in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Bayern Munich. Now, all three could return to the starting lineup.
RB Leipzig possible starting lineup: Gulacsi; Klostermann, Orban, Simakan, Angelino; Laimer, Haidara; Nkunku, Olmo, Szoboszlai; Silva
Champions League Football Prediction – Manchester City vs RB Leipzig
- Manchester City has recovered well from their opening weekend 1-0 loss to Tottenham by winning the next three league matches. They have, since that opener, scored 11 goals and conceded none. They’ll want a winning start to their European campaign on Wednesday after losing in the Champions League final in May.
- RB Leipzig has struggled under Jesse Marsch, losing three of their last four Bundesliga games. Most recently, they lost to Bayern Munich, at home in Leipzig, as further humiliation, on Saturday. As for their Champions League history, last season, Manchester United thrashed them 5-0 by the group stages. So, we can safely estimate that they’ll only be hoping to avoid a repeat of that score this week.
- It’s clear that City has greater depth and is on a three-game winning streak.
Despite their struggles, Leipzig have a lot of attacking talent. And we wouldn’t be surprised if Marsch’s team managed to break the Premier League champions’ defensive resistance.
City, meanwhile, has enjoyed a far superior start to the season and their sights are firmly set on the prize.
Thus, this time around in the Champions League, we can only back Guardiola’s men to win convincingly.