Manchester City vs RB Leipzig predictions and betting tips on March 14, 2023
On March 14, Etihad Stadium (Manchester) will host the second leg of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League, in which Manchester City will compete with RB Leipzig. The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
The team has been aiming for success in this tournament for a long time. There is a feeling that the constant victories at the inner arena have already become boring. Moreover, they have relaxed and practically demotivated “the Citizens”. Perhaps in other years, there would have been enough class to win the Premier League again. Nowadays, there exists a very strong and stable competitor – current London Arsenal. As a result, there is less and less time to catch up with “the Gunners” – it’s time to switch to the Champions League. Still, even there, Guardiola and his wards are not doing their best. It goes without saying that the clubs of this class always overcome the group stage, it happens “by inertia”. At the same time, it is unlikely that the fans are satisfied with the game that their favourites have shown in Germany. Having won the first half, the British grandee did not interfere into the plans of the hosts to save the match – that battle ended in a draw, however, they did not allow doing more.
The club, after a disastrous start to the season, was able to turn the tide. To tell the truth, the higher mentioned result was possible only because the replacement of the mentor – Tedesco, who failed the tasks, was replaced by Rose. And the appointment of Marco had paid off by the end of the autumn period – the things had improved both in the Bundesliga, where “the Bulls” returned to the top 4, and in the Champions League, where the German club overcame its offender, Shakhtar Donetsk. After a pause, everything was OK at first, but gradually the team lost momentum. Thus, a home 1-1 draw in the match with Manchester City is a pretty good result. But frankly speaking, neither the game with the English giant, nor the achieved result, create any special illusions about the continuation of the European way in the quarter-finals.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
The opponents have already met each other not so long ago, in 2021. Then, they formally exchanged home victories, but Manchester City made a home fun with a 6-3 score, and closer to the denouement of the group stage allowed a 1-2 defeat in Germany.
Bookmakers are arguing only about how big “the Citizens’” victory will be. We bet on the success of the hosts with “a -1.5 goal handicap” (odd: 2.13).