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Man City vs Hoffenheim: Depleted Blues to still wrap up top spot

Kick-off: 2000, 12/12/2018

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

TV: BT Sport

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What Trueform says for Man City vs Hoffenheim

Manchester City have already qualified for the Champions League knockout rounds but still need something from their clash with Hoffenheim to make sure of top spot in Group F.

That should be enough of an incentive for Pep Guardiola to field a strong enough side against opponents who must win and hope Shakhtar lose at home to Lyon in order to earn a Europa League place.

Goals have certainly flowed in this pool, so we’re going with 13/10 for a home win and both teams to score as our first Man City vs Hoffenheim prediction.

A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds

City haven’t been totally convincing in this competition and had to come through another tough test when drawing 2-2 at Lyon, who prevailed 2-1 at Etihad Stadium on Matchday 1.

The Blues twice came from behind to scramble a point in France, with Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Aguero on the scoresheet.

Laporte said: “What we learn from this is there are a lot of strong teams and if you want to fight for this European trophy, you need to fight very hard.”

Guardiola’s men also had to overcome an early setback when scraping a 2-1 success at Hoffenheim, so it hasn’t been plain sailing up to this point.

However, 3-0 and 6-0 victories against Shakhtar showed what they are capable of and this is a chance to make a further statement of intent.

Looking at the Man City vs Hoffenheim odds, it is hard to resist 87/100 for a home win and over 3.5 goals in the game.

Guardiola says he only has 15 fit senior players available, as defender Danilo and midfielders David Silva and Fernandinho are the latest additions to an injury list that includes Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo.

Right-back Kyle Walker is expected to overcome a minor illness but numbers could be made up with youngsters.

A Look At Hoffenheim’s Betting Odds

Hoffenheim fell to the bottom of Group F when beaten 3-2 by Shakhtar in Germany in heart-breaking fashion.

Andrej Kramaric and Stephen Zuber helped the Bundesliga outfit to twice draw level, but then Adam Szalai was dismissed on the hour mark and there was no coming back from Taison’s stoppage-time sickener.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side had previously shared the spoils in two games versus Lyon and when visiting the Ukraine, with those matches producing 14 goals.

It has been a similar story on the domestic front, with Hoffenheim catching the eye going forward, but proving fragile in defence.

There are obvious concerns over how much ambition they have left ahead of this tie, but we’re taking note of the fact that they are the highest scorers away from home in Germany’s top flight.

That suggests the visitors can grab a consolation goal here, so let’s add 19/2 for a 3-1 home win to our Man City vs Hoffenheim betting tips.

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Last Champions League result:

Lyon 2-2 MAN CITY – Aymeric Laporte, Sergio Aguero

HOFFENHEIM 2-3 Shakhtar – Andrej Kramaric, Steven Zuber

Head-to-head: Hoffenheim 1-2 Man City

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