Champions League: Manchester City vs RB Leipzig predicted score, key stats and suggested bets

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Date, KO time and TV coverage

Champions League, round of 16, second leg, Tuesday, March 14, Kick-off 8pm, live on BT Sport

Predicted score

Manchester City 4-2 RB Leipzig

Suggested bets

RB Leipzig to score first vs Manchester City

Manchester City vs RB Leipzig over 3.5 goals Manchester City to win and BTTS, yes

Key stats

All three previous meetings between the sides has seen both teams score Man City have conceded just three goals in the Champions League this season Leipzig have lost just once away from home since September Man City have won 18 of their 20 home games in all competitions this season Leipzig won away at Celtic and Shakhtar in the group stages

Previous meetings

CL: RB Leipzig 1-1 Man City, February 2023 CL: RB Leipzig 2-1 Man City, December 2021 CL: Man City 6-3 RB Leipzig, September 2021

Team news

Phil Foden shook off a foot problem to play an hour in the win at Crystal Palace but he could get a rest on Tuesday, with Riyad Mahrez or Julian Alvarez the likely beneficiary. City have no injury or suspension concerns, but Kevin De Bruyne could return to the XI. Christopher Nkunku has a hamstring injury and will miss out for Leipzig. Peter Gulacsi, Abdou Diallo, Dani Olmo and Xaver Schlager are all missing. Amadou Haidara could deputise for Schlager alongside Konrad Laimer in midfield.

Recent form

Man City have won their last four games, conceding just one goal Man City have scored in their last five games Leipzig have also scored in their last five games Prior to their 2-1 defeat to Union Berlin in February, Leipzig had gone 18 games unbeaten in all competitions Leipzig have lost two of their last six games in all competitions

What has been said?

Pep Guardiola after the 1-0 win at Palace: "It's nice. You have to feel it. If you don't feel the pressure you will be in the bar drinking something, so the pressure you have to live, you have to cope to handle it. "The pressure, if you lose you lose the Premier League, if you lose on Tuesday you lose the Champions League, if you lose on Saturday you lose the FA Cup. "But that is good. That drives you to give your best." Marco Rose after the win over Borussia Monchengladbach: "It was a deserved win based on how the game went. In the context of our season, the victory is important for us. Now we'll prepare for the Man City game. "Janis saving the penalty was important for us. I feel like the team sprung into life after that and then we ended up going ahead through Timo's goal. If we had gone behind, the game could obviously have played out differently."


The first leg in Germany was a game of two halves as City dominated the first, scoring through Riyad Mahrez, but were pushed back in the second period, allowing the hosts to level. Pep Guardiola's men dominated possession over the 90 minutes, but were caught out on a number of occasions and they will have to defend balls into the box better at The Etihad. City are a different proposition at home, though, and have lost once all season - to Brentford in November. In Europe they have also brushed Dortmund, Copenhagen and Seviila aside in M11. They have won 11 of their 13 home games in the Premier League and the champions have been dominant in front of their own fans. Their 6-3 demolition of Leipzig in the group stage in 2021 demonstrates exactly what they can do when they are in the mood. And their record against the Premier League's big guns has been impressive on home soil. Liverpool, Chelsea (twice), Arsenal and Manchester United have all been swatted away by Guardiola's men at home and the 1/3 price is no surprise. Still, they should deliver another home win with a squad that is fully fit. City generally take control quickly in home games and have scored first in 10 of 13 games, but in Europe things have not quite been that way. Both Dortmund and Sevilla opened the scoring and Leipzig have enough firepower to continue that trend. Under Marco Rose, Leipzig have scored 63 times across 27 fixtures in all competitions, averaging 2.3 goals per game in the process. And they are a side that will arrive with a real plan to attack City. Even without Nkunku, Leipzig have enough talent to trouble the hosts, with Dominik Szoboszlai rejuvenated by Rose and Emil Forsberg in red-hot goalscoring form. Timo Werner has also scored 13 goals in all competitions this season and Andre Silva was a Player of the Month nominee in the Bundesliga in January.

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