AnalysisRB Leipzig vs Manchester City
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Manchester City will open their knockout stage of the Champions League with a journey to Germany, where they will play RB Leipzig in the first leg of their last-16 encounter. This will mark the beginning of Manchester City’s Champions League knockout campaign.

After suffering a defeat on their previous trip to the Red Bull Arena, in the group stage of the competition from the previous year, the Citizens will be looking for vengeance there.

Team News

RB Leipzig

  • RB Leipzig will be without Peter Gulacsi (ACL), Dani Olmo (thigh), and Abdou Diallo (knee) due to injury. However, the Germans have been given a boost regarding the fitness of Christopher Nkunku and Konrad Laimer, who both came off the bench last weekend.
  • Nkunku made his long-awaited return after three months on the sidelines with a knee injury, but it is still unknown whether he is fully fit to start on Wednesday. Therefore, Andre Silva could continue up front with support provided in the final third by Timo Werner, Emil Forsberg, and Dominik Szoboszlai.
  • Willi Orban, who had been away from the team for a week to donate stem cells, made his way back into the lineup against Wolfsburg after making a successful recovery from a thigh injury. Highly regarded center back Josko Gvardiol is expected to continue playing alongside Willi Orban. Laimer, who played despite having a thigh injury, could return to the starting XI to partner Xaver Schlager in the middle of the field.
  • Lukas Klostermann is hoping to fend off competition from Mohamed Simakan and Benjamin Henrichs for the right-back role, and Marcel Halstenberg will be pushing to start ahead of David Raum at left-back. Rose may consider making changes at full-back, with Klostermann hoping to fend off competition for the right-back role.

Manchester City

  • John Stones is still out as he makes progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury, but other than that, Pep Guardiola has a fully healthy roster at his disposal.
  • Nathan Ake, Manuel Akanji, and Rico Lewis are all hoping to make their way back into the starting XI against Leipzig. Pep Guardiola has made at least one change to his defense in each of the previous 11 matches in all competitions, and additional substitutions could be in store for the match against Leipzig.
  • It is anticipated that Bernardo Silva will remain in his makeshift left-back role, shifting into a deep-lying midfield position alongside Rodri when City are in possession. On the other hand, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan will most likely maintain their positions in the middle of the field.
  • Riyad Mahrez might be returned to the starting lineup, which would come at the expense of either Phil Foden or Jack Grealish. On the other hand, Erling Braut Haaland is expected to lead the line in place of Julian Alvarez because he has scored six goals in the four previous matches against Leipzig.

Possible Lineup

RB Leipzig: Blaswich; Klostermann, Orban, Gvardiol, Raum; Schlager, Laimer; Szoboszlai, Forsberg, Werner; Silva

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Ake; Rodri, Bernardo; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish, Haaland

Prediction Analysis

With the exception of their victory away against Arsenal, Man City have not been at their best while playing on the road in recent weeks, and another difficult matchup could be in store for them on Wednesday as Leipzig have previously demonstrated their threat moving forward against the. Citizens.

Yet, City has a history of recovering well from poor performances, and we anticipate that Guardiola’s key players will be the ones to make the difference in a tightly contested match in Germany.

Our prediction is RB Leipzig 1-2 for Manchester City.