Manchester City return to Champions League action on Wednesday evening with a trip to Germany to face RB Leipzig. The Sky Blues kicked off their group stage campaign with a 3-1 win over Crvena zvezda to go joint top of Group G along with Leipzig.
The German outfit are Manchester City’s toughest opponent in Group G by some distance but they are still favourites for the match.
Manchester City are expected to be without three key players for Wednesday’s trip to the Red Bull Arena.
Kevin De Bruyne is a long-term absentee and could be out until around Christmas time. Elsewhere, Bernardo Silva is touch and go for the Leipzig clash and John Stones does not look set to recover in time for the Champions League outing but could return vs Arsenal at the weekend.
Speaking about Stones recently, Pep Guardiola said: “John is better, much better. He feels really good. He is training alone, but maybe next week or after Leipzig he will start.”
Alvarez steps up
With Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva dealing with injuries, much of City’s attacking burden has fallen upon Julian Alvarez.
The Argentine has not disappointed so far, though, providing four assists and three goals in seven Premier League games.
Alvarez has also shown in Europe, netting a brace in City’s opening Champions League game and earning high praise from Pep Guardiola in the process.
“He is so young,” the City boss said after Alvarez’s brace against Crvena zvezda last month. “What a signing the club have done. He has everything - fighting and goals and assists. Incredible, lovely guy. Playing behind Erling he is an incredible threat. Really pleased for him, he deserves it.”
The 23-year-old is once again expected to start on Wednesday and can be backed at 15/8 with bet365 to score anytime.