- Red Bull Leipzig faces Manchester City in the UCL knockout stages on Wednesday
- The Premier League giants are a clear -130 favorite in the first leg in the RB Leipzig vs Manchester City prediction
- Read on for the RB Leipzig vs Manchester City odds, preview, and prediction for this fixture below
Wednesday brings an intriguing affair in the Champions League Round of 16 as Red Bull Leipzig welcomes Manchester City to Red Bull Arena for the first leg. The kick-off is scheduled for 3:00 PM ET. Keep reading for the RB Leipzig vs Manchester City prediction and odds.
The Bundesliga side finished as runners-up behind Real Madrid in Group F to book their spot in the knockout rounds, while City comfortably won Group G ahead of Borussia Dortmund. This is the third meeting ever between the two sides, notching one victory apiece in the 2021-22 group stages.
RB Leipzig vs Manchester City Odds
The visitors are a -130 favorite to win in Germany, while Leipzig comes back at -130 Champions League odds. That gives City an implied probability to win of 56.52%. A draw is priced at +295. Odds as of February 20th at DraftKings. Use this DraftKings Sportsbook promo code to bet on all Champions League matches.
RB Leipzig vs Manchester United Over/Under and Spread
The over 2.5 goals at -145 odds are screaming value considering the past two encounters both comfortably hit. The under meanwhile sits at +120.
RB Leipzig vs Manchester City Preview
For the third time in the last four seasons, Leipzig is into the last 16 of Europe’s most prized competition, even making the semifinals back in 2019-20 before losing to PSG. However, they’re not having the best campaign domestically.
Finally @ChampionsLeague! 🌟
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) February 20, 2023
The Red Bulls are currently fifth in the Bundesliga table, trailing fourth-place Freiburg by a point. The side is playing a lot better as of late though, tasting defeat just once in six outings since the World Cup break. Also, Christopher Nkunku just returned from a lengthy absence, but it remains to be seen if he’s fit enough to start Wednesday. The Frenchman is a massive piece of their attack.
On the weekend, Leipzig secured a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg, the perfect result before a tough clash with City, where they will need to bring their absolute best to win in the RB Leipzig vs Man City picks. Knowing their lone victory against the EPL giants came on home soil is a positive sign, too.
Although another Premier League title is very much in reach, Man City is undoubtedly focused on finally winning the Champions League, a trophy they’ve yet to capture. Pep Guardiola’s men soared through the group stages with little problems, going unbeaten with a 4-2-0 record. When it comes to current form, the Cityzens are inconsistent as of late, however.
After a crucial 3-1 win against Arsenal last week to take a one-point lead at the top, City slipped up on Saturday with a dismal draw at Nottingham Forest. With the Gunners collecting three points, the reigning EPL champs are now chasing the North Londoners again.
We return to UCL action 🔜 pic.twitter.com/0sKL8keZqo
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 20, 2023
Nevertheless, the UCL is a competition Guardiola and Co. believe is finally theirs for the taking despite what happens in the Premier League, especially with Erling Haaland leading the line. He’s already bagged five goals in four Champions League appearances this term.
RB Leipzig vs Man City Projected Lineups & Injuries
RB Leipzig Projected Lineup: Blaswich; Klostermann, Orban, Gvardiol, Raum; Schlager, Laimer; Szoboszlai, Forsberg, Werner; Silva
Injuries & Absences: Gulacsi, Olmo, Diallo
Man City Projected Lineup: Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Ake; Rodri, Bernardo; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish; Haaland
Injuries & Absences: Stones
RB Leipzig vs Man City Stats
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RB Leipzig vs Manchester City Prediction
City has a real difference-maker in Haaland, who shines brightest in the Champions League. I expect him to do his part on Wednesday with a goal as part of my RB Leipzig vs Manchester City picks as the visitors notch a very important first-leg victory before heading back to the Etihad. But given their vulnerability at the back this season, I figure both teams will find the back of the net and Leipzig to make it interesting.
RB Leipzig vs Machester City Picks: Man City to win & both teams to score (+200), Erling Haaland to score (-145)