Manchester City Opposition Watch: RB Leipzig

Following on from the 1-all draw with Liverpool at the weekends, Manchester City are in UEFA Champions League action next. They will host a familiar opponent in RB Leipzig at the Etihad. Up next in Manchester City opposition watch is RB Leipzig.

The DFB Pokal winners currently sit fifth in the Bundesliga table. They are currently 11 points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen. They will come into their clash with the European champions off the back of a 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga at the weekend. Despite the fact they have fallen behind Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen they have booked their ticket for the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League. RB Leipzig have won three of their four group-stage games to qualify with ease. The only blemish of their group stage campaign was the 3-1 defeat at the Red Bull Arena to the treble winners.

On the injury front the visitors will be without Dani Olmo, Willi Orban and Timo Werner. There were also concerns over Benjamin Sesko, Kevin Kampl and Peter Gulacsi have all returned to training and will be available as reported on the official RB Leipzig website.

One player Manchester City will have to contain is midfielder Xavi Simons. The young Dutch midfielder has arguably been RB Leipzig’s best player this season. He has scored 6 goals and added 8 assists in 19 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit. Simons has thrived during his loan spell with the club. Striker Lois Openda will provide a threat with his pace and finishing. The young Belgian has scored 11 goals in 19 appearances so far this season.

While RB Leipzig has been a familiar opponent for Manchester City, they will be keen to upset Pep Guardiola’s side. A draw will be enough for City to clinch Group G but RB Leipzig will be out to cause an upset.

Tags Bayer Leverkusen Benjamin Sesko Bundesliga Dani Olmo DFB Pokal Etihad Stadium Kevin Kampl Lois Manchester City Peter Gulacsi RB Leipzig Red Bull Arena Timo Werner UEFA Champions League Willi Orban Wolfsburg Xavi Simons