Hoffenheim – Manchester City, Champions League Prediction
ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION FOR HOFFENHEIM - MAN CITY
Hoffenheim made a draw with Shakhtar in the last round and were close to victory. For debutants they did pretty decent. A trend in Hoffenheim’s matches is to have many goals in both nets and this is unlikely to be an exception now against Manchester City. The problem for the Germans is that City must necessarily win, so a new draw here for the hosts will be accepted with great joy from them. Hoffenheim had 14 consecutive home matches without a loss before the defeat vs Leipzig by 1-2 few days ago in the Bundesliga. Nagelsman has the ambition to go through the groups and this is an achievable task seeing other competitors, but in the games against Manchester City they are the total underdog.
City lost by 1-2 from Lyon, which shocked the whole world and was a very odd result, but now this must be forgotten. Citizens have no choice, but to go extremely mobilized and extremely focused for the three points without any underestimation. Yes, they have an important match with Liverpool at the end of the week and it is even more important than this, but the skyblues have so much quality in their team and a very big squad depth, so that always helps them, when they have a busy schedule like now. City have 8 wins, 1 draw and Lyon’s loss since the start of the season, so they are still this wonderful team from the last season, which has made bookmakers put them as favorites for winning the Champions League.
Hoffenheim and City do not have matches between each other. The Germans will try to stop Guardiola’s machine, but do not lie yourself – City will not lose a second consecutive match in the groups. It is quite possible to concede a goal, but it is very likely that they will score few, too. Our prediction is City to score in both halves at 1.78. Man City to win + BTTS at 2.50 is also a good option. Last year, Hoffenheim faced another English side – Liverpool in UCL, though not in the groups, but lost both matches 1-2 and 2-4, so it is quiet possible to see another big result here.
HOFFENHEIM TEAM NEWS
Amiri and Geiger continue to be injured, and defender Hubner have concussion and also misses the game
MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS
Mendy and de Bruyne are injured. The reserves, Bravo and Mangala, are also out