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Rico Lewis to start in attacking midfield, Jack Grealish in for Jeremy Doku – Predicted XI: Manchester City vs RB Leipzig (UEFA Champions League)

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Manchester City look to cement top spot in Group G as they welcome RB Leipzig to the Etihad Stadium in their penultimate group stage game of the Champions League group.

Although a point will surely be good enough for the reigning champions, the blues will be looking to confirm their place at the top in style, with victory guaranteeing a first place finish for Pep Guardiola’s side.

These two sides are no strangers, with Tuesday’s encounter being the sixth meeting between the pair since September 2021, when Manchester City dismantled the German side 6-3, with Jack Grealish famously scoring on his UEFA Champions League debut.

The blues have won four of the six encounters, with a draw in Germany in last year’s round of 16 tie, as well as a Leipzig victory in the reverse fixture of the 2021/22 campaign.

Neither side managed to secure a win this weekend, as Manchester City hosted Liverpool at the Etihad in a heated 1-1 encounter, while RB Leipzig suffered a 2-1 away defeat to Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

Erling Haaland found himself on the scoresheet for City on Saturday, as Liverpool suffered the same fate Tuesday’s opposition did last year, as a rompant Haaland scored five goals in a historic 7-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

The striker will be hungry for more on Tuesday as he looks to extend his scoring streak in this competition, after netting four goals in his last two, sweeping BSC Young Boys aside both home and away.

Pep Guardiola gave out some crucial injury updates on Monday, with the Spaniard confirming Sergio Gomez has returned, as well as confirming that John Stones is “really close” to coming back.

With that being said, here is the side we think will start the game on Tuesday night as the blues look to cement their place at top of the group against RB Leipzig!

Predicted XI

Ederson is expected to keep his place in goal following his impressive display of distribution against Liverpool.

Kyle Walker is expected to start again, keeping his place at right back and the captain’s armband.

We think Ruben Dias will partner Manuel Akanji at the centre of defence for the blues, with John Stones still not deemed fit enough to start this one.

Josko Gvardiol should start against his former club, after the Croatian was rotated on Saturday afternoon, with Pep Guardiola preferring Nathan Ake to be tasked with handling Mohammed Salah.

A must-win match means another start for defensive midfield mainstay Rodrigo, although it would be a shock to see him play the full 90 minutes given the gruelling schedule that lies ahead.

Bernardo Silva was immense on Saturday once again. We expect the Portugal international to start alongside Rico Lewis in midfield, as Pep Guardiola confirmed the England international would “definitely feature” in this one.

Phil Foden opened the scoring in Leipzig with a tidy finish. We think the Stockport-born forward will start again on Tuesday night, giving some much-needed rest to Julian Alvarez – who returned from Argentina duties with a start against Liverpool on Saturday.

Erling Haaland should be given a start as he looks to extend his scoring streak, having contributed in six of the last seven games.

Despite being absent through illness at the weekend, we think Jack Grealish will be given a start in this one, as he battles to hold a place on the left with the electric Jeremy Doku.

Predicted XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Akanji, Gvardiol, Rodrigo, Bernardo, Lewis, Foden, Haaland, Grealish.

Substitutes: Ortega Moreno, Carson, Stones, Ake, Gomez, Phillips, Kovacic, Bobb, Doku, Alvarez.

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