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The apprentice meets the master at Rhein-Neckar-Arena this evening, as Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann readies his side to face the Manchester City team of his coaching idol Pep Guardiola. The German side are embarking on their first-ever Champions League effort, and there is no doubt that Hoffenheim vs Manchester City betting tips will have the visitors as favourites – but after a poor start to their campaign, City are facing the pressure of knowing they need to avoid losing here.

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02. October 2018 | 17:55
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City have been picking up wins routinely in the Premier League, but their European campaign is already a little more complicated. Dafabet have odds of 21/10 on the hosts complicating it further by scoring first here, which might be worth taking. The visitors’ record signing, Riyad Mahrez, has started to really make his presence felt in the side, and we like BetVictor’s odds of 11/8 on him scoring at any time in this game. Finally, we expect this game to be close, and it’s our feeling that the Hoffenheim vs Manchester City best odds of the night are offered by Unibet, who have 7/1 that the visitors will pick up three points with a 2-1 win.

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Hoffenheim vs Manchester City Betting Tips: Form Guide

Nagelsmann Looks To Sign Off In Style

The story of Julian Nagelsmann is one which will get some airing this week in the UK press, as the 31-year-old (younger than a few of the players who will be in action tonight) has worked wonders with Hoffenheim. Called upon in an emergency, he saved the club from relegation in 2016, took them to fourth place in 2017, and last season improved on that the secure automatic Champions League qualification. He will be leaving his current post at the end of this season to take over at RB Leipzig – so he’ll want to make a big impact in his final campaign with die Kraichgauer.

Hoffenheim have already started their first campaign in the premier European competition with a battling 2-2 draw at Shakhtar. Not many teams come back from Ukraine with anything but a new stamp in their passports, but Hoffenheim will feel, having led twice, that they were a mite unfortunate to fall victim to a late equaliser. Bigger names than them have gone to Shakhtar and lost, though, so in perspective it’s an impressive result. Domestically, they sit in ninth place – commanding 3-1 wins over Freiburg and at Hannover have mixed with defeats against Bayern, Fortuna Dusseldorf, and at home to Nagelsmann’s future employers Leipzig at the weekend.

Possessed of a calmness and a maturity that belies his young age, Nagelsmann is unlikely to see the Hoffenheim vs Manchester City betting tips for today as a reason his side can’t take on Guardiola’s and win. We should see a performance from achtzehn99 here that reflects a confidence gained over two seasons of solid improvement.

City Seeking Instant Rebound

Having already won the Premier League under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini, there is little doubt that the club’s intention when employing Guardiola was that he would take them that step further and win the Champions League. Now in his third season at the club, Guardiola has reached the quarter-finals twice without overturning his club’s history of falling before the final hurdle in this competition; a record that many would have backed them to end this season. However, opening night saw another disappointing display from City in Europe, as they lost 2-1 at home to Olympique Lyonnais.

There is no doubt the French side were underestimated by UK media – Nabil Fekir, who put in a man-of-the-match performance, would be a superb acquisition for any English team – but the truth is that if you intend to be a Champions League winner, you need to take on Europe’s best and beat them. Having already lost one home game, City will struggle to top this group if they can’t take three points here. It would be far from the death-knell to their chances of winning the competition, but it would represent a very uninspiring start.

There has been some good news for fans of the Manchester side in the past week, as a 2-0 win over Brighton at the weekend saw them take top spot in the Premier League ahead of main challengers Liverpool. Many Hoffenheim vs Manchester City match previews will take this as a sign that their season is clicking into gear – but a less-than-stellar result here would represent another unwelcome wobble in a season that could be pivotal for Guardiola’s Premier League future.

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The Last Five Games

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  • Hoffenheim Form1 win, 2 draws and 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Hoffenheim Goals8 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Manchester City Form4 wins and 1 loss in the last 5 matches
  • Manchester City Goals14 goals in the last 5 matches
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Hoffenheim vs Manchester City Preview: Recent Meetings

Hoffenheim’s rise to their present position in the higher echelons of German football has been a steep one. A decade ago the side had only just turned professional, and although they have been a Bundesliga side for the past ten seasons, this is just their second season in European competition. Therefore it is no surprise that these sides have never met. Last season, in the Champions League preliminaries, Hoffenheim did face Liverpool, and exited the competition 6-3 on aggregate (due in no small part to Liverpool having prised away Roberto Firmino, to that point the German side’s most important player.

City have had numerous run-ins with German sides over the years, the most recent coming in the group stages of this competition against Bayern Munich in 2013/14. The standout fixture saw Pellegrini’s side fall 2-0 behind inside 12 minutes in Munich, but goals from Silva, Kolarov and James Milner pulled out a 3-2 win for the visitors.

Hoffenheim vs Manchester City Prediction: Narrow Away Win

Both sides could really do with the three points here – it’s tricky to progress in the Champions League if you don’t take close to maximum points from your home games, while City are already playing catch-up. No result here would rule either side out of progressing – they’ll still have twelve points to play for afterwards – but one or both sides will be left with an uphill battle when the final whistle blows here. Which side will that be?

It’s a tough one to call, but Manchester City’s experience, resources and need to right the wrongs of a fortnight ago versus Lyon make them definite favourites. Hoffenheim have some fine players to call upon, but the visitors can swap out the likes of Raheem Sterling, or Bernardo Silva, and bring in Riyad Mahrez or Gabriel Jesus. For that reason, our Hoffenheim vs Manchester City prediction is that the visitors will take the three points here. It won’t be without a battle, and we wouldn’t expect the margin to be much wider than a single goal, but we can’t help feeling that this will be an away win.

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