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Manchester City vs RB Leipzig match preview
Manchester City have won every game in the Champions League so far, scoring exactly three goals each time, so will they rubber stamp top spot in Group G?
Pep Guardiola’s team could literally have not began their title defence any better, enjoying three successive 3-1 wins before steamrollering BSC Young Boys 3-0 three weeks ago.
The most-impressive of these victories came at Red Bull Arena, with Phil Foden, Julián Álvarez and Jérémy Doku scoring in early-October.
So now, just a point from this one would rubber stamp first place, thereby making their trip to the Marakana next month a dead-rubber.
This could be important ahead of the busy festive fixture list, especially after the Sky Blues’ relinquished the Premier League’s summit on Saturday.
Despite taking the lead through Erling Braut Håland, the Citizens were unable to beat Liverpool at the Etihad, drawing 1-1, the first time they’ve failed to win at home in any competition since New Year’s’ Eve.
This ended a sequence of 23 consecutive home wins, one short of Sunderland’s English top-flight record, set in 1895.
So, ahead of Tottenham’s visit on Sunday, will Man City cruise to victory here?
As for RB Leipzig, they’re also already through to the round of 16, following a 2-1 win in Belgrade last time out, with goals from Xavi Simons and Loïs Openda downing Crvena zvezda.
Marco Rose’s side have won all three matches in this competition against teams other than Man City, so Leipzig will feature in the knockout phase for the fourth time in five seasons.
Domestically though, die Roten Bullen are struggling for consistency, with Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Wolfsburg their second away defeat on the bounce.
Having won just three of their last seven in the Bundesliga, they’ve slipped out of the top four although, on their day, this team can cause anyone problems.
259 days ago, RB Leipzig were smashed 7-0 at the Etihad, by far the heaviest defeat of the club’s admittedly short history.
While this one is unlikely to be quite as one-sided, we still expect Man City to cruise to victory.
Manchester City team news
John Stones, Mateo Kovačić, Matheus Nunes and Kevin De Bruyne are injured, while Jack Grealish missed the weekend draw with Liverpool due to illness.
Here, Joško Gvardiol is likely to come in to face his former side, with Pep Guardiola surely set to rotate, having not made any substitutions at all on Saturday.
If he’s feeling that his team are very comfortable in this group, you never know, Kalvin Phillips might even get a run-out.
RB Leipzig team news
Willi Orbán, Dani Olmo and Timo Werner are sidelined, but they do have Benjamin Šeško who, alongside Loïs Openda, could form a very formidable attacking partnership.
Of the side smashed 7-0 at the Etihad earlier this year, only Janis Blaswich, Benjamin Henrichs, David Raum and Amadou Haidara are likely to start here too.