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Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Match Preview – Prediction, Team News, Lineups



A 4-0 thrashing of Stuttgart represents the only silver lining in Leipzig’s season so far, and Marsch has admitted that Die Roten Bullen may “not be ready for such big challenges” in the form of Man City and PSG as they somehow attempt to scrape their way into the knockout rounds.

On another sour note, Leipzig have lost three of their last four Champions League games away from home without scoring a single goal, two of which saw them lose to English opposition in Manchester United and Liverpool 5-0 and 2-0 respectively.

Wednesday’s game marks the first-ever meeting between City and Leipzig in any competition, but Guardiola’s men faced German teams four times in last year’s tournament and came up trumps four times – beating Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund en route to the final.


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Preview: Man City vs. RB Leipzig - prediction, team news, lineups

Travelling to Porto with the favourites tag embroiled onto their crests, Man City manager Pep Guardiola finally set out to achieve his ultimate goal of Champions League glory with the Etihad outfit earlier this year, only for Kai Havertz to propel Chelsea to the crown and condemn City to more agony in Europe.

Guardiola may have led City to domestic silverware without so much as breaking a sweat over the past few years, but success in Europe’s premier competition still eludes them as they prepare to ply their trade in the group stage for the 11th consecutive season.

Not since the 2012-13 season have City failed to make it out of the group stage, but with 2021-22 Group A also including Lionel Messi‘s Paris Saint-Germain, top spot is far from guaranteed for Guardiola’s men this time around.

However, City at least welcome Leipzig to the Etihad having won their last three Premier League matches without shipping a single goal – while also scoring 11 at the correct end of the pitch – but only a Bernardo Silva winner could separate them from Leicester City in a narrow 1-0 win at the weekend.

Not since September 2018 have City suffered defeat in the group stages of the Champions League – winning 13 and drawing four of their 17 such games since that loss to Lyon – and Leipzig do not exactly travel to Manchester with the wind in their sails.


Preview: Man City vs. RB Leipzig - prediction, team news, lineups

A manager admitting that his side may not be ready for their next game is never a good sign, but those were the words spoken by RB Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch after his side’s woeful start to the new season continued against Bayern Munich.

With the Bavarian giants now under the tutelage of former Leipzig icon Julian Nagelsmann, goals from Robert Lewandowski, Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala and Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting condemned Marsch’s men to a dampening defeat following previous losses to Mainz 05 and early leaders Wolfsburg


Man. City 3-0 Leipzig
Man. City  3-1 Leipzig
Man. City
3-1 Leipzig
Etihad Stadium, Wednesday  (15/9/2021) at 8:00 GMT

The visitors will not be able to do much. That’s the prediction that mostly circulated before the Manchester City vs RB Leipzig match on matchday I of the Champions League. Of course because the last performance is contradictory.

Had swallowed 2 defeats at the start of the season, Man. City recorded 3 consecutive wins without conceding as well. Meanwhile, Leipzig came with two consecutive defeats. Last weekend, they were even slaughtered by Bayern Munich at home with a score of 1-4.

Given that, it’s hard to imagine Jesse Marsch’s team making a surprise at the Etihad Stadium. Moreover, Die Roten Bullen only won 1 time on English soil, while The Cityzens only lost 1 time at home to representatives of Germany.

Undeniably, it took a lot of luck for Leipzig to steal points from Man. City. The probability of losing is much greater. In fact, predictions from several well-known sites say The Cityzens will score at least 3 goals.

Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Performance Trends

  • Throughout history, this is the first time that Manchester City vs RB Leipzig has happened.
  • Man. City earned 17 wins from 27 meetings with representatives of Germany (3 draws, 7 defeats).
  • The Cityzens have not lost in the last 13 occasions against representatives of Germany (12 wins, 1 draw). They won the last 8 occasions.
  • At home, The Cityzens have only lost 1 time to a German club (10 wins, 2 draws).
  • Man. City have always scored at least 2 goals in the last 7 occasions hosting representatives of Germany.
  • Phil Foden has scored in Man’s last 2 matches. City against a German club, while Kevin De Bruyne always scored in the last opportunity to entertain representatives of Germany.
  • Leipzig have never drawn against England representatives (3 wins, 3 losses).
  • Die Roten Bullen have only won 1 time in their previous 3 visits to England.
  • Peter Gulacsi cs. always conceded at least 2 goals in the last 4 matches against English clubs.
  • Man. City have not drawn in the last 46 matches (38 wins, 8 losses).
  • There has always been a team that has kept a clean sheet in The Cityzens’ last 7 matches in all competitions.
  • Pep Guardiola’s team won their last 3 home matches with a score of 5-0.
  • Ferran Torres is the only player to score more than 1 goal for Man. City this season.
  • Leipzig have only won 2 in the last 9 matches (1 draw, 6 losses).
  • Die Roten Bullen lost by 1 goal difference in 4 of the last 5 away matches. One other game won with a score of 4-0.
  • Manchester United vs RB Leipzig will be Pep Guardiola’s first meeting with Jesse Marsch.
  • Although he had time to take part in the German League, this is the first time Guardiola has faced Leipzig.
  • For Marsch, this is the first opportunity to face The Cityzens.
  • The Manchester City vs RB Leipzig match on matchday I of the Champions League will be refereed by Serdar Gozubuyuk from the Netherlands.
  • Gozubuyuk is leading the Man fight for the first time. City vs Leipzig.
  • Gozubuyuk’s record this season: 3 times host win, 1 draw, 1 guest win.
  • This Dutch referee has led 4 matches in the Champions League and only 1 time the host lost (2 wins, 1 draw).
  • Gozubuyuk was the referee on duty when Man. City won 2-0 at home to Dinamo Zagreb in 2019-20.
  • This is the first time that Leipzig have had a match refereed by Gozubuyuk.


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Statistics in the 2021-22 Champions League according to WhoScored

  • man. City: Zack Steffen is exposed to COVID-19, while Benjamin Mendy is still in police custody.
  • Leipzig: Marcel Halstenberg and Marcelo Saracchi injured for the Man game. City vs Leipzig this time.
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