Manchester City vs TSG Hoffenheim Preview

Manchester City vs TSG Hoffenheim

Competition – UEFA Champions League

Stadium – Etihad Stadium

Date: 12th December 2018

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

Manchester City were beaten for the first time in the Premier League this season by Chelsea at the weekend, but they should have no problems bouncing straight back here to top their Champions League group.

With just a point needed for Pep Guardiola’s men to top the group, it is hard to think of them falling to an unlikely defeat here, but the situation is different for their other group members.

Hoffenheim may have just three points at the bottom of this group, but they can reach the Europa League playoffs if they beat Manchester City, while the match between Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk is a straight shootout for who finishes in the second available Champions League place.

The Ukrainians need to win to reach the next round ahead of Lyon, while a Lyon win would open space for Hoffenheim to enter the Europa League.

When these teams met in the reverse fixture, the Germans raced to an early lead but were pegged back by a Sergio Aguero strike before David Silva sealed the win with a late strike for the Premier League champions.

Manchester City will be out to show that their loss at Stamford Bridge was a one-off with another win here.

Bookmakers have priced Manchester City up as though defeat is out of the question as they are currently trading long odds-on to win.

Goal markets point to an extremely high-scoring tie as over 3.5 goals is currently trading odds-on.

Gabriel Jesus is favourite to score the first goal closely followed by Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Manchester City

W Watford 1-2 Manchester City 4 Dec, 2018 English Premier League
W Manchester City 3-1 AFC Bournemouth 1 Dec, 2018 English Premier League
D Lyon 2-2 Manchester City 27 Nov, 2018 UEFA Champions League
W West Ham United 0-4 Manchester City 24 Nov, 2018 English Premier League
W Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United 11 Nov, 2018 English Premier League

TSG Hoffenheim

D TSG Hoffenheim 1-1 Schalke 04 1 Dec, 2018 German Bundesliga
L TSG Hoffenheim 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk 27 Nov, 2018 UEFA Champions League
D Hertha Berlin 3-3 TSG Hoffenheim 24 Nov, 2018 German Bundesliga
W TSG Hoffenheim 2-1 FC Augsburg 10 Nov, 2018 German Bundesliga
D Lyon 2-2 TSG Hoffenheim 7 Nov, 2018 UEFA Champions League


TSG Hoffenheim 1-2 Manchester City 2 Oct, 2018 UEFA Champions League

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