Manchester City to end defense struggles

Manchester City to end defense struggles

Manchester City and Bayern Munich are two teams who are struggling defensively, despite being one of the top teams domestically. This season, these two teams are actually almost faultless, making it surprising that they struggle defensively. Due to this, it looks like they are struggling to defend their respective titles in their domestic leagues. Nonetheless, they are aiming for a victory in their first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals series. As this is a crucial match for both squads, they look to address their issues to win this series. Man City is set to host Bayern for this match on April 12, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8).

Prior to this match, these two teams already shared six meetings in the tournament, where no draw was made. From those six meetings, the two squads have win three matches each, which brings them to an even footing here. Moreover, it looks like the host is at the advantaged in this match, playing at home. From their last three home games against the visitors, they were able to score two victories. The visitors on the other hand had a run of four defeats against English opponents in the contest. Fortunately, they were able to bounce back, and now only lost to two of their last 10 such matches.

Manchester City

Champions League: Manchester City
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Man City is currently at the second spot of the Premier League league table, which is the result of their excellent run. So far this season, this squad is actually doing pretty well, especially their form. Although they struggle defensively, their attacking have been excellent, making them retain their spot in the league table. This squad is coming into a 4-1 victory against Southampton on their previous match. This win gives them more confidence to win coming into this match. When it comes to the Champions League, this squad faced a lot of doubts and criticisms. However, these comments just made this squad more motivated to prove their doubters wrong. From their win in their previous match, they are aiming for the same result here.

Man City is coming into this match with only one absentee, Phil Foden, as he is still recovering from this appendix removed. Other than that, Man City will be having a full fit squad for this match, and show their opponents their impressive squad.

Bayern Munich

Champions League: Bayern Munich
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Bayern on the other hand is at the top spot of the Bundesliga league table. However, despite being at the top of the league table, they failed to be as impressive this season. Luckily for them, they were able to record another win on their last match. They won over SC Freiburg on their last match in an important 1-0 win. Under the leadership of their current manager, Bayern have shown notable improvements. However, considering how eager their opponents here, they need to be at their best in this match. Going against Man City is indeed a difficult task for Bayern, which is why they need to take it up a notch in this match. Moreover, they want to retain their record of losing just two to their last 10 matches against English opponents.

For Bayern, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting remains to be unavailable due to his knee issue. Leon Goretzka on the other hand is likely to return in this match, an additional power for Bayern.

Prediction:

Manchester City (1.0)
Odds: -0.92

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