It was the Bernardo Silva show at Vicarage road on the weekend as the Portuguese maestro netted twice in City’s 3-1 win over Watford, and he’s slowly becoming the most integral cog in Pep Guardiola’s side.
That result marked seven successive victories for the Manchester side, and it’s hard to see anyone getting in their way at the moment.
It’s been a poor start to the campaign by Leipzig’s standards as they sit 11th in the Bundesliga and are in danger of finishing bottom of their Champions League group and not even making the drop into the Europa League.
They’re certainly not the side they were last season, and it comes as no surprise that they’ve released manager Jesse Marsch after just 21 matches in charge in a bid to turn their fortunes around.
The only realistic hope that the hosts have here is the fact that City have already won the group, so it’s probably that the likes of Bernardo Silva will get a rest here, though with Kevin de Bruyne returning from Covid, this is the perfect match to throw him in and regain some match-fitness, and even a weakened City side is too much to handle for most outfits.
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Leipzig have hosted English clubs on three prior occasions, and have come through victorious in two of those outings and while that’s an impressive return, we’re not inclined to base out bet on that, with their two victories coming over relatively weak Spurs and Man United sides, while their defeat came 2-0 against Liverpool, which, in truth, is a much fairer reflection of what the Germans will be facing here.
The reverse fixture ended in a thrilling 6-3 win for the Citizens, and we’d be surprised if we didn’t see goals yet again here.
All 12 of Leipzig’s home fixtures this season have seen a minimum of three goals, with both teams finding the net in each of the last six, whifle their only three clean sheets from those games have come against bottom half Bundesliga sides Bochum, Hertha Berlin and Stuttgart, so we’d be surprised if they kept out the Premier League leaders.
In a similar vein, despite winning seven on the bounce, City have conceded in five of those outings including each of the last four.
They've not been as defensively sound as they might have hoped, and with the likes of Christopher Nkunku ready to pounce, we wouldn’t be surprised if Leipzig found the net, especially considering they haven’t failed to score at home since mid April.
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