Manchester City vs Hoffenheim Champions League Predictions

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Manchester City vs Hoffenheim Champions League

The match is over.
Score: 2-1.

The Champions League group stage concludes this week with an important Group F clash between Manchester City and Hoffenheim on Wednesday evening in a game the hosts – who have already qualified through the group – are strong favourites to win.

Predictions

City have already progressed through to the last 16 of the competition but require a point to clinch top spot in the group.
Pep Guardiola’s side have collected 10 points from five games despite just collecting one point from their two games with Olympique Lyonnais, who currently sit second in the group.

Hoffenheim have endured an underwhelming campaign, they sit bottom of the group with just three points and need a victory here to be in with a chance of qualifying for the Europa League.

There have been suggestions that City will look to prioritise this competition this season after disappointiing performances in recent seasons compared to their domestic form.

The hosts will be favourites to collect three points and top the group due to possessing home advantage, superior form and quality over Hoffenheim.

The home side are favourites to win this game and in reality it should be a comfortable victory – a 3-0 triumph for Pep Guardiola’s side would appear a likely outcome from it.

Betting Tips

These are long odds for a bet that may at first appear a little far-fetched, but the goalscoring prowess of the German side suggests otherwise. They have hit 10 goals in five group games and have scored three more Bundesliga goals than Bayern Munich this campaign. City conceded four goals in two games against Lyon and there are still concerns over their defensive talent at the elite European level.

This is one of the best football bets in this Champions League matchday because these two teams guarantee goals. They have scored 24 goals combined in this year’s group stage and have shipped a combined total of 17. City’s last Champions League home game was a 6-0 home victory over Shakhtar Donestk while the Bundesliga side’s last group game was a 3-2 loss at home to the Ukrainian side.

Statistics

Head to Head

A goal three minutes from time from David Silva earned City a late 2-1 victory away to Hoffenheim back in October. It was a dramatic end to a match which had a pulsating start with Ishak Belfodil giving the hosts a first-minute lead before Sergio Aguero equalised six minutes later.

Stats

  • Manchester City have never won the Champions League, with their 2016 semi-final defeat to Real Madrid their best ever finish in the tournament.
  • This is the first ever season Hoffenheim have played in the Champions League group stage.
  • Hoffenheim currently lie in sixth position in the Bundesliga with six wins in their 13 league outings to date, sitting 12 points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund.
  • City are dominant once more in this season’s Premier League, dropping just four points through their opening 15 league games to date, and playing some brilliant football.
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