Manchester City have already secured progression to the knockout stage, but need at least one point to lock down the group win.
City tasted defeat in their first CL home match of the season, but have otherwise been brutally efficient in front of their own fans this season (W10, L1 – all competitions). They’ve scored at least two goals in all their wins here, and an average of 3.55 goals from 11 matches in total.
The English champions also have a decent ten-game record in home CL matches (W6, D1, L3). However, they’ve lost three of the last four (W1, L3) with all the defeats coming via a 2-1 scoreline.
Hoffenheim, meanwhile, have so far failed to win a single match in their debut season as a CL group stage participant (D3, L2). If nothing else, the Germans have provided ample entertainment, with all their CL group matches seeing both teams score, and four of five each producing over 3.5 total goals!
The European season is over for Hoffenheim unless they win here, and Lyon win away at Shakhtar. Overall this season, ‘Die Kraichgauer’ (HOF) have been reliably unreliable away from home (W4, D4, L3), so their chances of a safe transfer to the Europa League appear remote.
Players to watch: Gabriel Jesus has scored three goals from three CL appearances this season, whileAndrej Kramarić is making a big splash this season. He’s scored four CL goals so far, and has currently found the net in eight straight matches for club and country!
Stat attack: City have scored 64% of their CL goals in the second half.
City have conceded just 2.0 corners on average in the CL group stage, with their matches averaging 8.2 total corners overall.
Hoffenheim’s 11 away matches this season (all competitions) have produced a staggering average of 4.27 total goals.
Will not play
(Achilles Tendon Injury)
De Bruyne K.
Referee: Ekberg A. (Swe),
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
LIVE STREAMING HERE :