RB Leipzig will host Group A leaders Manchester City in the final group stage match of the UEFA Champions League 2021-22 season. The two teams met in the first round of the competition and played a nine-goal thriller which Manchester City won by a scoreline of 6-3.
Manchester City and RB Leipzig met for the first time in history. Manchester City had 53% of the ball possession and attempted 15 shots in the match. The above viz shows the shots attempted by players, the expected threat timeline and the expected goal timeline. RB Leipzig attempted three shots in the first half and six in the second half. Christopher Nkunku was the top performer for the away side, and the team created the highest threat towards the end of the first half. Manchester City created a lot of threats in the first half and towards the end of the second half. Jack Grealish scored his first Champions League goal in this match.
RB Leipzig is third in the group table with four points in five games. The German club has scored 13 goals and conceded the same number of goals. The xG rate of the team is 11.02 and is the fifth-highest goal-scoring team in the Champions League. One of the biggest concerns for the team is their defense. Leipzig have conceded the third-highest number of goals in the competition.
Tyler Adams returns from suspension and will straight away return to the starting XI. RB Leipzig have several injury problems and this sidelines a lot of their senior players. Ilaix Moriba, Amadou Haidara, Dani Olmo, Marcel Halstenberg, and Marcelo Saracchi will miss the match due to injury. Willi Orban and Hugo Novoa are infected with the coronavirus.
Manchester City leads the group table and will finish as the group leaders. The English club is the second-highest goal-scoring team in the competition with 17 goals. They have the highest xG rate of 13.21. Pep’s men have attempted the highest number of positional attacks in the competition. They also have the same record in the English Premier League. City have conceded eight goals, with three against the same opponents.
Kevin De Bruyne returned in the weekend match against Watford after recovering from coronavirus. He is expected to start the match for the visitors. The last year’s Champions League finalists have a few injury concerns as of now, and Ferran Torres remains the only long-time absentee.
Manchester City have won their last five league games and are now leading the English Premier League table. They will take the momentum into this game and Pep will expect all three points from his side. RB Leipzig is in the bottom half of the German Bundesliga table and have lost their last three league games. Manchester City will be the favorites to win all three points.