Preview - Hoffenheim vs Manchester City 03 October 18

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Champions' League Group F
Hoffenheim vs. Manchester City
Wednessday, October 3rd 2018
01:55am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena

Last five matches form: L D D W L
Average goals per match: 1.67
Average goals against per match: 1.67
Top Scorer: Ádám Szalai (3)

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 3.00
Average goals against per match: 0.43
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (5)

Manchester City bid to get their Champions League campaign back on track this week following that surprise opening night loss to Lyon at home. Germany is the destination as Pep Guardiola's men travel to take on Hoffenheim.

Hoffenheim started Group F in positive enough style when coming away from Shakhtar Donetsk with a point. Should they come out on top here they will have a very real chance of escaping what had looked a difficult group for Julian Nagelsmann's men.

This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides.

The injuries are really mounting up for Hoffenheim. The hosts must make do without Benjamin Hübner, Lukas Ropp, Kasim Adams, Dennis Geiger and Nadiem Amiri, with a further three players facing late fitness tests.

No major new injury concerns for City, although Sergio Agüero is carrying a slight knock and isn't certain to start.

In all honesty there is nothing in Hoffenheim's recent form to suggest they will be able to match Manchester City here. A defeat to RB Leipzig at the weekend being just the latest in a string of performances which haven't come close to reaching the heights of last season.

City have responded well to that Lyon loss, winning all three Premier League games since; scoring 10 and conceding 0.
Like Hoffenheim, City perhaps haven't been quite at their ruthless best - at least not consistently - this season. They do nevertheless still sit top of the Premier League and are likely to have too many guns for their hosts.

Prediction: Hoffenheim 1 - 4 Manchester City


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  5 - 14
Shots on target: 2 - 6
Corner Kicks: 1 - 8
Possession: 33% - 67%
Karem Bemirbay was booked for tee home side, with referee Damir Skomina also taking the names of Nicolas Otamendi, Fernandinho, Kyle Walker and Sergio Aguero of Manchester City.

Manchester City desperately needed a win in this game to partly offset the disappointment of that opening night defeat to Lyon. In they end they got it, and deservedly so. Pep Guardiola's men did have to come from behind though and did leave it pretty late.

A dream start for the home side who struck in the very first minute of the game. Ishak Belfodil springing the offside trap and being played in by Kerem Demirbay. Smart finish into the bottom right past the outrushing Ederson from Belfodil.

The lead was short lived though with City's equaliser coming just seven minutes later. Lovely spin and through ball from David Silva in midfield to play in Leroy Sané in the left side of the 18-yard area. Sané doing well to draw the keeper before teeing up Sergio Agüero to finish from around six yards.

City nearly took the lead in the 15th minute. Raheem Sterling being sent scampering clear by Silva but seeing his effort blocked wide by Oliver Baumann. The visitors had further chances through Agüero but we headed into the break on level terms.

City were then denied what looked a clear penalty in the 73d minute when Sané was brought down in the area by Baumann.

The winner came in the 87th minute. Silva pouncing on hesitancy in the Hoffenheim back line to steal the ball and finish into the bottom right from the left side of the area. 1-2 final score.

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