Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat – their first in the Premier League this season.Hoffenheim are unable to reach the last 16 but could still qualify for the Europa League round of 32 with a win on Wednesday.
City have conceded in three of their five matches so far in the group stage. Back City to win with both teams to score at 5/4.Man City’s November player of the month Raheem Sterling will be looking to score his 10th goal of the campaign, and could even feature in a more advanced position than usual.
Manchester City vs Hoffenheim Champions League match previewManchester City host German side TSG Hoffenheim at the Etihad on Wednesday night for their final Group F encounter.Pep Guardiola’s side currently lead the group on 10 points, three points above Lyon.
City have already qualified for the knockout stage but will want to secure top spot in the group.If Hoffenheim win, and Lyon beat Shakhtar Donetsk in the group’s other match, then Lyon would top the group due to a superior head-to-head record over City. Any other combination of results will see City finish first.
Hoffenheim are bottom of the group on three points, without a win in any of their five matches. A shock victory on Wednesday could see them progress to the last 32 of the Europa League, provided Lyon beat Shakhtar.Man City were 2-1 winners when the sides met in Germany in matchweek two of the competition. Ishak Belfodil gave Hoffenheim an early lead before goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva turned the match around.
Hoffenheim held Wolfsburg to a 2-2 draw on Saturday.Goals from Andrej Kramaric and Ishak Belfodil extended Hoffenheim’s unbeaten run in the Bundesliga to seven matches.
The point leaves Hoffenheim in 7th place, just five points behind Bayern Munich in 3rd.Julian Nagelsmann’s side have lost just one of their last seven matches in all competitions – a 2-3 defeat to Shakhtar in the Champions League.
Man City suffered the first defeat of the Premier League season, losing 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.The result ends City’s 14-match unbeaten run across all competitions, and leaves them 2nd in the Premier League, a point behind leaders Liverpool.
Guardiola played Raheem Sterling in a false-nine position last time out but could opt for Gabriel Jesus up front on Wednesday. First choice striker Sergio Aguero remains a doubt with a groin injury.
Kevin de Bruyne could come back into contention following a knee injury.Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko will contend for a place at left back, although the latter has a minor nose injury.
David Silva is expected to recover from a hamstring problem in time, although Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden provide alternate options.Benjamin Mendy, Claudio Bravo and Eliaquim Mangala remain sidelined through injury.
Hoffenheim will be without Adam Szalai and Kerem Demirbay who will both serve a suspension.
Nadiem Amiri and Havard Nordtveit miss out with foot injuries, while Dennis Geiger has a muscle problem.Kevin Vogt picked up an injury at Wolfsburg and is a doubt.Lukas Rupp is a long-term injury absentee.Hoffenheim’s leading scorer Joelinton (8 goals) is set to lead the line.