Welcome to another week full of European football delights, including the latest UEFA Champions League interest. Armchair fans are in for a double-header as AC Milan look to defend their 1-0 aggregate lead over Porto while Manchester City host RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium.
The match in England kicks off at 20:00 GMT and will be shown to a global audience thanks to television and live streaming. But which team will emerge victorious in England, the home team or the away team? The tie remains in the balance following a 1-1 draw in Germany after the first leg.
Manchester City are favorites to win this game and many respected pundits have picked the Premier League champions to pave the way for glory all the way to the final. Pep Guardiola is as experienced as they come at this level and has helped Manchester City dominate England for most of his reign, but this trophy continues to elude the team.
They have thrown millions to become the king of Europe so far without success. A runner-up finish behind Chelsea remains their best effort, but will they go one better this year? City fans know their destiny is in their own hands and couldn’t ask for more.
When trying to predict the outcome of this game, you will find all the information you need right here on this page. Our football writers preview the second leg decider, looking back at what happened in the first leg and the recent form of both sides. You’ll find our predictions and how traders anticipate Tuesday night’s blockbuster.
This will be the fourth time these teams have met in the rivalry and there is nothing between the pair in the match statistics. Both teams boast one win each with a draw to spare. It suggests we can expect another action-packed and competitive 90 minutes, with extra time and penalties available if necessary.
With both teams having to win the game, it’s dangerous to write off either side in a competition where the unexpected happens regularly. But one thing is certain. Tuesday’s showdown will give us one winner and one loser. The game may be settled in regulation time or require extra time and penalties to find the best.
The strongest team will advance to the next round, getting closer to the main prize. But who will it be, the Cityzens or the Bulls? Let’s take a closer look at this great match of the round of 16.
Manchester City won in Leipzig
Manchester City went to Germany with a goal in the first leg to avoid defeat and a draw ahead of the second leg. They wanted to maintain home advantage from a favorable position and did so thanks to a 1-1 draw.
Both teams had chances to win the game on the night, but few sides in Europe leave Leipzig with a win, so the English side had to settle for a draw. It was a great match and losing the first game would be unfair to both teams. The tie is now well set and we can expect another exciting contest from the Etihad.
Manchester City took the lead in Germany after Riyad Mahrez’s goal on 27 minutes silenced the fans. It was exactly what the Premier League side deserved and many pundits expected them to come out with a few more goals and comfortably advance to England. They did get one goal from Mahrez, but messed up their lines several times in the second half.
A miscued attack by their opponents after the break saw the Bulls level. They scored to make it 1-1 and threw themselves a lifeline thanks to Josco Guardioli, who netted in the 70th minute. Even most Manchester City fans expected RB to score at least one goal, so the result was not difficult. Only the break is in this tie.
One final charge from the Bulls.
RB Leipzig knew their best chance of progressing to the next round would be home advantage in the first leg. They failed to do so, falling behind early in the game before scoring.
A 1-1 result was not what they wanted, but no away goals rule will apply this year, meaning the game at the Etihad is a direct shoot-out. It’s a winner-takes-all, but which team will be better over the 90 minutes?
RB Leipzig travel to Manchester in strong form, with the latest Bundesliga stats showing three wins and two losses in their last five. They are third in the table and are already seven points off the pace set by Bayern Munich, while Borussia Dortmund are five behind in second place.
A league title shot remains possible, and no one associated with the Bulls will be ready to throw in the towel just yet. There is still everything to play for domestically and on the continent. They board the plane with confidence from their 3-0 win at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach at the weekend. Werner, Forsberg and Guardioli scored goals in that victory, the latter continuing his scoring streak.
“Manchester City” – “RB Leipzig” predictions
Manchester City are locked at 1-1 on aggregate, but if they perform to the best of their ability, they won’t stay that way for long. The locals have the skill, experience and prowess to go deep in this tournament and it won’t be a huge shock if they win the trophy. Manchester City’s best should be enough to get the job done and progress to the next round.
Champions League odds
The pre-match betting odds available at 22Bet have Manchester City priced at 1.368 and a draw sold at 5.1. Fancy an away win and RB Leipzig eliminate their free-spending rivals for another year? Return to the Germans at 8.
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