Hoffenheim vs Manchester City: Champions League match preview, live commentary, team news and predicted line-ups
Pep Guardiola's side will hope to claim their first European win of the season after last month's shock defeat to Lyon
Manchester City hope to win their first Champions League points of the season on Tuesday evening when they visit Hoffenheim of Germany’s Bundesliga.
Pep Guardiola’s side suffered one of the shocks of the season when they were defeated by Lyon on matchday one, leaving them at the bottom of Group F.
However, City remain favourites to progress to the knockout stage as group winners, and they take on Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim, who could only draw with Shakhtar last month to begin their European campaign.
On the domestic front City are flying as they remain undefeated to top the Premier League table on goal difference, while Hoffenheim sit in the bottom half of the Bundesliga having won just two of their six matches so far.
What the managers are saying
Julian Nagelsmann (Hoffenheim): “I’m looking forward to my first Champions League home game! Until now I haven’t felt too different, we just need to focus on training.
“Manchester City will be expecting to win the game but we have a very brave plan. Our strength is our football. Everyone who plays tomorrow will be brave on the ball.”
Pep Guardiola (Man City): “In the Champions League we don’t have time to lose a lot of games and we lost the first one. We have five finals and tomorrow is the first one.”
Where can you listen?
talkSPORT has full match commentary of Hoffenheim vs Man City, live from 17:55. Click here to listen online
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Man City remain without injured trio Kevin De Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo.
Meanwhile, Lukas Rupp, Dennis Geiger, Nadiem Amiri, Kevin Vogt and Kasim Adams miss out for the hosts. Benjamin Hubner and Kerem Demirbay face late fitness tests ahead of the match.
Hoffenheim: Baumann; Akpoguma, Hoogma, Posch; Kaderabek, Bittencourt, Grillitsch, Kramaric, Schulz; Belfodil, Szalai
Man City: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Bernardo, David Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sane
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