Hoffenheim v Man City Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 02/10/18
Sam Langston (@Samlan98) previews Hoffenheim v Man City and provides us with his best bets for Tuesday’s Champions League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Hoffenheim v Man City Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 02/10/2018
- Time: 17:55
- Venue: Rhein-Neckar-Arena
- Channel: BT Sport
Two free-scoring sides clash at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena this Tuesday, as the Champions League continues into Gameweek 2 of the group stage.
The first round of fixtures saw hosts Hoffenheim earn an excellent point on their travels, after playing out a 2-2 stalemate with the ever-competitive Shakhtar Donetsk.
Conversely, following Lyon’s shock 2-1 victory at The Etihad two weeks ago, this feels like a must win match for visitors Man City. Pep Guardiola’s men have in fact lost their last four European fixtures, so they will be desperate to return from Germany with a valuable three points.
With City under pressure to deliver a victory, this could make for an open spectacle. This term, matches involving The Sky Blues are averaging 3.33 goals, whilst their opponents’ games have produced a substantial 3.88 per-fixture.
However, with Over 2.5 Goals priced at a miserly 4/9, punters should explore alternative markets to seek out value.
Hoffenheim captain Kevin Vogt has overcome the thigh strain which ruled him out of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Leipzig. Defensive colleagues Ermin Bičakčić and Håvard Nordtveit are still side-lined through injury.
Man City face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, so Pep Guardiola may rotate his side here. After being rested at the weekend, Fabian Delph is expected to replace Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back. Notably, Sergio Aguero is a doubt for City with a foot injury, which means that Gabriel Jesus is likely to start up-front.
Potential Hoffenheim Starting XI: Baumann, Posch, Vogt, Akpoguma, Schulz, Grillitsch, Bittencourt, Kadeřábek, Kramarić, Joelinton, Szalai.
Potential Man City Starting XI: Ederson, Delph, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Fernandinho, D. Silva, Gündoğan, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus.
Head To Head
- This will be the first ever meeting between the pair.
Key Stats & Facts
- Both teams have scored in each of Hoffenheim’s eight fixtures this season. Betfair offer 4/6 for this trend to continue.
- Hoffenheim – 37/5
- Draw – 24/5
- Man City – 2/5
As mentioned, after losing their Group F opener to Lyon, it is pivotal that City pick up three points here. Therefore, we can expect Guardiola’s side to come out all guns blazing this Tuesday and have plenty of shots, leading to opportunities for corners. Over 6.5 team corners has landed in each of their four away games this season, so at 21/20, that is my preferred play.