Leipzig Seeking Revenge Over Manchester City
RB Leipzig and Manchester City met earlier this year in the Champions League round of 16. Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Man City destroyed Leipzig 7-0 as Erling Haaland put on a remarkable five-goal performance. Former Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol joined Man City in the Summer, strengthening the defending UCL champions. Still, Leipzig will seek revenge when the two sides meet in the group stage on Wednesday. Ahead of the match, let’s preview the RB Leipzig vs Man City odds and team news.
RB Leipzig and Manchester City were in the same Champions League group in 2021-22. City won 6-3 at home but lost 2-1 on the road at Red Bull Arena. Regardless, City finished first in the UCL standings, and Leipzig finished third behind PSG. Last season, Leipzig managed to pull off a 1-1 draw with City at home in the round of 16. However, Erling Haaland found the net five times in the second leg as City picked up a resounding 7-0 victory. City are still searching for their first win at Red Bull Arena.
RB Leipzig Draw vs Bayern Munich
RB Leipzig has already played the Bundesliga’s current top three teams so far and are just three points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen. Leipzig has been one of the better soccer picks today, as they’ve scored at least two goals in eight of their nine matches in all competitions. Over the weekend, Leipzig hosted Bayern Munich and took a 2-0 first-half lead.
Lois Openda scored Leipzig’s opener, which was already his fourth of the season since joining from Lens over the Summer. Castello Lukeba found the net in the 26th minute for Leipzig’s second, but Bayern didn’t fold. Harry Kane converted a penalty in the 56th minute, and Leroy Sane scored an equalizer on a devastating counterattack. Leipzig has impressively avoided defeat in two matches vs. Bayern Munich this season, Leipzig has impressively avoided defeat in both.
With a 3-1 win in their Champions League opener, Leipzig are joint-top of the Group G standings. Mohamed Simakan, Xaver Schlager, and Benjamin Sesko all found the net vs. Swiss side BSC Young Boys. For Leipzig’s second UCL match, the RB Leipzig vs Man City odds price the hosts as +345 underdogs. Marco Rose has a few injuries to contend with here, as Kevin Kampl, Willi Orban, Timo Werner, Dani Olmo, and El Chadaille Bitshiabu are out.
Rough Week for Manchester City
Last week, Manchester City lost two games in a row for the first time since January. Midweek, Manchester City went on the road to Newcastle in the third round of the EFL Cup. In a game where Erling Haaland, Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker, and Ederson didn’t play, City fell 1-0 at St. James’ Park. Then, Manchester City went on the road to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Pedro Neto’s cross at the end of a solo run forced a Dias own goal as Wolves went up 1-0. City’s Julian Alvarez equalized on a brilliantly taken free kick. However, Wolves’ Hwang Hee-chan scored the winner as Pep Guardiola served a touchline ban. Midfielder Rodri also missed both matches as he was serving the first two matches of a three-game red card suspension. City are still on top the the EPL table and the Champions League table in Group G. Alvarez scored twice in City’s opening 3-1 win vs. Red Star Belgrade.
Rodri is available to play in the match on Wednesday, and his presence figures to be a boost for the Citizens. Guardiola will be without Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne on Wednesday, while John Stones is doubtful. This is an essential match for City to right the ship ahead of Sunday’s game at Arsenal.
Match Analysis & Odds
Heading into Wednesday’s match, the RB Leipzig vs Man City odds imply that the visitors have the best chance to win. City are -135 favorites, and before last week’s slip-ups, they were on a six-game winning streak. Having Rodri back should better balance Man City’s midfield, and Haaland should be motivated to get on the scoresheet after Wolves shut him down.
Leipzig is unbeaten at home so far this season, and RB Leipzig +0.5, +1 shows -110 odds for this one. The hosts are +345 underdogs and have averaged 2.4 goals per game over their last five. They’re also on a seven-game unbeaten streak, in all competitions. City -0.5, -1 is priced at -105 odds, but Leipzig was the last team to defeat them in the Champions League group stage, back in November 2021.
Bettors can take a draw at +315 odds for this one, and the last time the teams met at the Red Bull Arena, it finished all square. Over 2.5 goals come in at -165 odds in a match between two high-powered offenses.