Kick-off: 1800, 02/10/2018
Stadium: Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena
TV: BT Sport
Manchester City will be looking for maximum points when visiting Hoffenheim in the Champions League after losing at home to Lyon on Matchday 1.
The German outfit secured a decent 2-2 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukraine when looking like a useful team going forward.
However, they are prone to defensive lapses, so 27/20 for an away win and both teams to score seems the way to go with our initial Hoffenheim vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Hoffenheim’s Betting Odds
Hoffenheim twice hit the front in their Group F opener, with Florian Grillitsch and Havard Nordtveit on target and Leo Bittencourt the main creative spark before going off after 64 minutes.
Dos Santos Ismaily first brought the Ukrainian champions level, though, before substitute Barberan Maycon earned the hosts a point with nine minutes left.
Youthful coach Julian Nagelsmann, just 31, thought his side could have kicked on when ahead but declared: “The result is a fair reflection of the game.
“We could have scored the third goal but maybe the team was tired in the end. We’ve learnt some useful tactical aspects in this game which will help us in future.”
That bet would have been landed when Hoffenheim were beaten 2-1 here by RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City were accused of being complacent when going down 2-1 at home to Lyon, with Pep Guardiola sat in the stands at the Etihad Stadium due to a touchline ban.
The Blues lacked their usual dynamism as they gifted first-half goals to Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir.
Bernardo Silva pulled one back as City rallied after the break but the ante-post favourites for outright glory could not force an equaliser in an underwhelming start to their campaign.
Assistant coach Mikel Arteta said: “We started a bit slow, we weren’t consistent in the way we tried to play.
“We gave the ball away in the build-up in difficult circumstances and they took advantage and scored twice. At this level, it’s not good enough.”
However, they have since secured clinical Premier League wins over Cardiff and Brighton to suggest lessons were learnt.
City showed their true worth when netting four times at both Shakhtar and Feyenoord during last season’s group stage, while they also won 4-0 at Basel in the first knockout round.
Guardiola enjoyed five wins and a draw from six meetings with Hoffenheim when Bayern Munich boss in Germany, so he will not be daunted by this trip.
It is also worth remembering that the hosts were beaten 6-3 on aggregate by Liverpool in a qualifying round last term.
That all makes 14/1 for a 4-1 away victory worth adding to our Hoffenheim vs Man City betting tips.
Sergio Aguero is expected to be fit, despite playing just over an hour against Brighton because of the foot problem that has hampered him in recent games.
Left-back Benjamin Mendy (foot) is still missing and usual deputy Fabian Delph also has a knock, meaning Oleksandr Zinchenko is again likely to feature.
Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne (knee) is back in training but not yet ready to return, while goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (Achilles) is out long term.
Last Champions League result:
Shakhtar 2-2 HOFFENHEIM – Florian Grillitsch, Havard Nordtveit
MAN CITY 1-2 Lyon – Bernardo Silva
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