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STAR PREVIEW: Man City v Hoffenheim

Manchester City suffered their first defeat of the season against Chelsea on Saturday but they should be able to bounce back against Hoffenheim and provide a positive ending to their Champions League group campaign.

City are already through, and it would take a shocking swing in goal difference for them not to go through top with a goal difference of +9 (despite the fact they’ve dropped points on two occasions) – and just avoiding defeat means that they should go through in first.

They were actually lucky not to lose to Lyon for the second time in the group stages a fortnight ago, as Lyon battered them in the first half and probably should have had more than just Maxwell Cornet’s double before equalisers from Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Aguero earned a point.

Hoffenheim have taken a big step up to the Champions League but they have conducted themselves well, making City work all the way for a 2-1 win back in October whilst drawing twice with Lyon and going down by just a goal to Shakhtar Donetsk. Julian Nagelsmann has a talented young squad who are in the thick of a fearsome European battle in the Bundesliga, where they lie seventh, but it is hard to imagine them taking something from this encounter.

Man City v Hoffenheim
UEFA Champions League Group Stage
20:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
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OCT 2018 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Hoffenheim 1-2 Manchester City

There have been plenty of goals in this Champions League group. Hoffenheim’s Champions League games have finished 1-2, 3-3, 2-2, 3-3 and 2-3. City will be likely to make a change or two but their bench on Saturday had the likes of Danilo, Mahrez, Foden, Otamendi, and Gündogan, and even if Sergio Aguero misses out then Gabriel Jesus can deputise effectively. City have been vulnerable at the back against Lyon and perhaps they might find themselves breached again – Over 3.5 goals can be a runner.

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