RB Leipzig short-handed vs Man City

RB Leipzig short-handed vs Man City

RB Leipzig and Manchester City meets in a decider match as they lock horns for the second leg of their Round-of-16 series in the Champions League. Their first leg ended in a 1-1 draw, so their second leg results decide who will advance. Both teams are looking to address the issues they had when they were held draw in their first leg. While Man City is in a four-game winning run, Leipzig just won three of their last seven games. Winners of this match will advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. This meeting will be on March 15, 2023, at 4:00 AM (GMT+8), with Man City as hosts.

From the three meeting these two teams shared, they are on an equal footing, winning one apiece. Additionally, these two teams have mixed results coming into this game. The hosts only managed to win one from their last four games against German opponents. On the other hand, the visitors lost their last three away games against an English opponent in the contest. However, despite of these results, the hosts won each of their last nine home games against German opponents in the contest. As for the visitors, they are unbeaten in their last five games in the Champions League.

RB Leipzig

Champions League: RB Leipzig
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In their domestic league, Leipzig is at the third spot in the league table, proving that they are a team capable of upsetting anyone. This is not surprising though as they have been fairly impressive this season. In fact, they are coming in this game after they held Borussia Monchengladbach scoreless on their last match. They took home the 3-0 victory in that match, showing their dominance against their opponents. Coming into this crucial match, they are hoping to achieve the same result. On their last match, Man City took the lead, but Leipzig came out more powerful after that, scoring a goal for them. Considering that this squad is in an unbeaten run, they have a good momentum coming into this game.

However, it is just unfortunate that they have plenty of absences coming into this game. Just after coming back from a knee injury, Nkunku will once again be absent here due to a hamstring injury. He will join Xaver Schlager, Peter Gulacsi, and Abdou Diallo on the sidelines. Moreover, Laimer, Szoboszlai, and Kolsetermann are also not playing as they have been feeling under the weather.

Manchester City

Champions League: Manchester City
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Man City on the other hand is doing well in their domestic league as well, as they are currently at the second of the Premier League. Just like their opponents, they have been fairly impressive this season. In fact, they have the chance of bagging the title, only if they can retain their current form. They are also coming from a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace in their previous meeting. For this important clash, they are hoping for a better result, as they want to avoid an early exit in the Champions League. Additionally, Man City is looking to get their first Champions League title this season. Erling Haaland is expected to lead his squad, but other members need to contribute as well.

Unlike their opponents, Man City is fortunate as they are expecting a full fit squad for this squad. Phil Foden managed to recover from his foot injury, which is why it is expected him to play in this match.


Manchester City (2.5)
Odds: -0.84
Manchester City to win on aggregate (3-2)

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