Match Today: Manchester City vs RB Leipzig 22-02-2023 UEFA Champions League
Premier League giants Manchester City will return to the Champions League with an away match in Germany, against RB Leipzig in the round of 16 of the competition on Wednesday.
City entered this match after rising to the top of their group with 12 points, while Leipzig recorded a similar tally but finished second. Two consecutive matches without winning.
The German team achieved three victories in the last five matches, but succeeded in keeping only two clean sheets in the five matches. Both teams scored in three of the last five matches, but Leipzig failed to score in one of the last five matches, and scored two or more goals in three of the five matches.
Four of Leipzig's last five matches have scored more than one goal and in the Champions League, they have achieved four consecutive victories. The German team has scored two or more goals in each of its last four Champions League matches, after recovering from two consecutive defeats in the opening matches of the Champions League In four Champions League matches, Leipzig scored 12 goals
Manchester City vs Leipzig
Manchester City's latest trip to Leipzig did not end well for the Premier League giants. They suffered a 2-1 loss in 2021. City were not in a stable state going into this fixture.
They were held to a 1-1 draw by Nottingham Forest in their final outing and that result saw them drop off the top of the Premier League standings. City will be looking to improve their defense heading into this match having failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four matches, but just like Leipzig, they have scored. Both teams are in three of the last five matches.
Running Citizens away from home is another big concern for Pep Guardiola, with his side managing just one win from five on the road. In that period, City have failed to score twice, conceded two or five games and not kept a clean sheet, but City have yet to lose in a league game. Champions this season, winning four.
Leipzig vs Manchester City
Leipzig are still suffering from lingering injuries but will be pleased to have striker Christopher Nkunku back from injury. The Frenchman started on the bench for the last game and is likely to play a key role as the manager seeks the first-leg advantage.
But the hosts will miss three key players, Peter Gulasi, Dani Olmo and Abdou Diallo, all injured. As for City, it will be John Stones, the biggest absentee from this match, who suffers from a hamstring injury.
Guardiola has the ability to rotate in the starting squads and should have his new lads in this game. Erling Haaland has a good record against Leipzig, scoring six goals in four meetings with Leipzig.