Hoffenheim vs Manchester City MatchGains Match Preview, Soccer Prediction, and Betting Tips
Hoffenheim finally reached the Champions League group stage for the first time in their history after they fell out in the qualification stage at the hands of Liverpool last season.
Finishing 3rd in the Bundesliga last season to reach this stage of the Champions League was undoubtedly a major achievement, however, qualifying as one of the top two teams from this group would be even grander.
They started their campaign in a good fashion after earning a 2-2 draw at Champions League regulars, Shakhtar Donetsk. They had taken the lead each time in that game, but couldn’t close out the game. They would be hoping to take advantage of Olympique Lyon’s win at the Etihad on Matchday 1 to get their own win over Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola would be back on the touchline for this game, unfortunately.
Pep Guardiola’s touchline ban affected his players in their first group game against Lyon as they went on to lose that game 2-1 at home, but he would be back for this game, and his players have responded well to that defeat so far.
After that defeat, they beat Cardiff City 5-0 away from home, earned a 3-0 win over Oxford in the Carabao Cup, and beat Brighton 2-0 at the weekend, so they should be full of confidence ahead of this match.
Hoffenheim have just 3 wins from their last 8 games, and they suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of RB Leipzig in their last competitive game, so they need to be at their best to get a result from this game.