RB Leipzig vs Manchester City preview: Gabriel Jesus misses out through injury, with other senior players rested

By Ric Turner, Tue 07 December 2021 13:51

RB Leipzig vs Manchester City preview: Gabriel Jesus misses out through injury, with other senior players restedJoao Cancelo, Rodri and Bernardo Silva have not travelled to Germany with qualification already assured

RB Leipzig vs Manchester City

Competition: UEFA Champions League

Date: 5.45 pm, Tuesday 7th December 2021

Venue: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig

Referee: Sandro Scharer Assistants: S De Almeida, B Zogaj Fourth Official: A Bieri VAR: F San

Odds: Leipzig 13/5, Draw 5/2, City 10/11

TV: BT Sport

RB Leipzig

Caretaker Manager: Achim Beierlorzer

Squad (from): Gulacsi, Eutinger, Martinez, Simakan, Angelino, Orban, Klostermann, Mukiele, Madsen, Gvardiol, Henrichs, Adams, Szoboszlai, Nkunku, Moriba, Laimer, Kampl, Forsberg, Brobbey, Andre Silva

Injured: Halstenberg, Haidara, Poulsen, Olmo

Doubtful: Orban, Moriba, Novoa

Suspended: Holgate, Sigurdsson

Form guide: LLWLW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Egan-Riley, Ake, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Wilson-Esbrand, Fernandinho, Lavia, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Palmer, McAtee, Mahrez, Grealish, Sterling, Foden

Injured: Torres, Jesus

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Mendy

Form guide: WWWWW

Gabriel Jesus misses out on the trip to Leipzig with an injury sustained at Watford on Saturday, whilst Joao Cancelo, Rodri and Bernardo Silva have been given a deserved rest following their recent exertions.

Youngsters Cole Palmer, James McAtee, Romeo Lavia, Joshua Wilson-Esbrand and Conrad Egan-Riley have all made the trip, and will be hoping to feature as manager Pep Guardiola will rotate his squad with qualification already assured.

"It's an incredible experience in Europe, maybe tomorrow some can play minutes. We have five substitutions and maybe we can use them," said Guardiola.

"Of course, all the guys who play tomorrow want to win. We have respect for the competition. Every game is a good opportunity to improve and there are many things we can do better."

City won the reverse fixture at the Etihad against Leipzig 6-3, with Nathan Ake, Nordi Mukiele (og), Riyad Mahrez, Jack Grealish, Joao Cancelo and Gabriel Jesus scoring for the Blues. This is the only previous meetig between the two clubs.

Predicted line-up: Steffen, Egan-Riley, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Palmer, Mahrez, Grealish, Foden

Score prediction: RB Leipzig 1 City 2