2021-22 UEFA Champions League Group Stage: Week Six – RB Leipzig vs Manchester City

RB Leipzig welcome Manchester City to RB Arena in their concluding Group A match in 2021-22 UEFA Champions League.

Despite already being eliminated from the Champions League, victory would see RB Leipzig secure qualification for the Europa League knockout stages at Club Brugge’s expense.

Man City meanwhile are already through as Group A winners but will want to finish the group on a high with a win.

 

Team News

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RB Leipzig have no fresh injury concerns to report as Tyler Adams returns after missing their last Champions League match through suspension.

Amadou Haidara (ankle), Ilaix Moriba (back), Hugo Novoa, Willi Orban (both Coronavirus), Dani Olmo (hip), Yussuf Poulsen (calf), Marcel Halstenberg and Marcelo Saracchi (knee) are ruled out.

Man City have no fresh injury concerns to report as Ferran Torres (foot), Liam Delap (ankle) and Benjamin Mendy (personal) are still ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • RB Leipzig lost their only previous meeting against Manchester City – losing 6-3 at Etihad Stadium in September 2021.
  • Man City are visiting RB Leipzig for the very first time in all competitions.
  • Christopher Nkunku has scored seven goals in five Champions League appearances this season for RB Leipzig.
  • Riyad Mahrez has netted four goals in five Champions League appearances this season for Man City.
  • This is the first match involving RB Leipzig and Manchester City to be refereed by Sandro Scharer.

 

Prediction

With Jesse Marsch having been sacked on Sunday following a run of just three wins in their last nine matches, RB Leipzig now need to quickly rediscover their focus because they clearly have the attacking quality to cause issues but their defence has constantly been poor this season.

Man City meanwhile are simply on a roll and if they continue to play with quality and discipline like they’ve done lately especially in the first half like they did at Watford on Saturday, this game could well be over by half-time if RB Leipzig’s defence isn’t fine-tuned quickly.

Add in an injury crisis for the hosts and the prohibition of fans and this game does feel like a likely one-sided game in my opinion, although City have nothing to play for so could rest some players here but I don’t see Pep Guardiola wanting to risk dropping momentum.

Prediction: RB Leipzig 1-2 Manchester City

Result: RB Leipzig 2-1 Manchester City

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