Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Prediction Today Champions
- Mar 13, 2023, 8:24:17 PM
Manchester City and RB Leipzig face off in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Etihad Stadium. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw, and both teams will be looking to secure a spot in the quarter-finals. In this preview, we will analyze both teams, betting trends, injuries, and provide our prediction for the match.
Manchester City is seeking to avoid a first last-16 exit since 2016-17 when they went down to Monaco. They are on a four-game winning streak since the first leg and have a place in the quarter-finals and a slice of history on the line this week. Manchester City could equal Arsenal's 14-year record for the longest Champions League unbeaten home run by an English team if they win or avoid defeat against Leipzig.
In the Premier League, Manchester City's current winning streak at the Etihad across all tournaments stands at six matches since their New Year's Eve draw with Everton. They have remarkably not lost in 23 home matches in Europe's premier competition, winning 21 of them. They are the favorites to win this match and progress to the quarter-finals.
RB Leipzig managed to hold Manchester City to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, and they will be looking to repeat that feat at the Etihad Stadium. They have a five-game unbeaten run in the Champions League, and it should stand them in good stead as they seek to inflict more European misery on Manchester City. They are still fighting for success on three fronts this season.
In their last match, they eased to a 3-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga. However, they suffered a 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund earlier this month, ending a nine-game unbeaten run on the road in all competitions.
Manchester City is the favorite to win this match, with odds of -279. RB Leipzig has odds of +900 to win, while a draw is at +460. The over/under for total goals is set at 3.
Public Betting Data:
According to KingPin.pro, 73% of the public bets are on Manchester City to win the match. 15% of the public bets are on RB Leipzig to win, while 12% of the public bets are on a draw.
Manchester City is set to be working with a fully-fit squad for the second leg. Kevin De Bruyne should force his way back into the first XI, while Riyad Mahrez and Kyle Walker can also expect recalls.
RB Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku is expected to miss out due to a fresh hamstring problem. He joins Xaver Schlager, Peter Gulacsi, and Abdou Diallo on the sidelines.
We predict that Manchester City will win this match 2-1 and progress to the quarter-finals. Home advantage and injuries to integral Leipzig players will work in Manchester City's favor, and they should prevail by a narrow margin to keep their Champions League dream alive. Defenses do not usually come out on top when Manchester City and Leipzig lock horns, and we can see a similar theme continuing here, even with the absent Nkunku unable to replicate his terrific treble from 18 months ago.