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Hoffenheim host Manchester City in a crucial group F clash in the Champions League, kicking off at 6:55pm local time. Manchester City, favourites to win the Champions League after the group stage draw, have a lot of work to do to ensure they don’t become one of the major shock exits in this year’s Champions’ League group stage.

Hoffenheim will host their first ever Champions’ League group game in their history, so it promises to be a special occasion for the home side.

Home Team: Hoffenheim

It’s been an incredible rise to the top for German club Hoffenheim, who are playing in Europe for only their second time in their history. It wasn’t too long since they were in the 5th tier of German, back in 2000, but their owner has invested in the club, as they have continued to surge up the ranks. Last season, they were unfortunate enough to face Liverpool in the Champions League play-off, but a 3rd place finish last season put them straight into the group stage this time round, and after a draw away at Shakhtar Donetsk, they will fancy an outside chance of progressing even further.

The Champions’ League may have been a distraction for the side, as their domestic form has failed to live up to last season’s standards, as they have amassed 7 points from a possible 18, losing this weekend to RB Leipzig. This is undoubtedly the biggest game in their history, and if they can replicate Lyon’s impressive performance at the Etihad stadium, then there is some belief that they can defeat England’s greatest side at the moment, and give themselves a huge chance of progression.

Away Team: Manchester City

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manchester city fc betting footballManchester City have been winning on all fronts domestically this season, barring one slip up at Wolves at the beginning of the month. However, with an opening day home defeat to Lyon in this group, they have made it hard for themselves to progress into the next round. It was Manchester City’s most disappointing performance so far this season, and they cannot afford to produce a similar type of display here.

Since that home defeat, Manchester City have hit back like true champions, winning three matches, scoring 10 goals and conceding none in the process. Champions’ always bounce back from tough setbacks, and Pep Guardiola will expect another win here to put their Champions League campaign back on track. After all, this side is expected to go as far as the semi-finals, and remain England’s most likely contenders to lift up the trophy.

Head to Head

The two teams have never met before, so this will be the first competitive game in their history against each other.

My Predictions and Betting Tips

Manchester City are strong favourites at 4/11 to get the win here, with the home side Hoffenheim at 13/2. A draw is priced at 17/4. After their dismal performance in their Champions League opener, it would be hard not to back Manchester City to react in a professional way to make sure the job is done tonight. I think that they can win 3-0 tonight, which is at 9/1. To boost your winnings, you can get Sergio Aguero to score first added to that score line at 20/1.

Bernando Silva and Raheem Sterling have managed to contribute many goals so far this season, so for them both to score on this evening, it is priced at 9/2, fairly reasonable odds considering their goal scoring form.

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Hoffenheim will be in party mood when they host Manchester City, and all the pressure will be on the visitors, if you think that Hoffenheim can get a surprise victory, you’ll be rewarded excellently for predicting it, as even a 1-0 score line is priced at 28/1.

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