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Manchester City vs Hoffenheim: Double up on Germans to spring surprise

Manchester City vs Hoffenheim Match Preview and Predictions

Manchester City have already qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League and just need a point against Hoffenheim to go through as Group F winners.

[All odds correct at time of publication] 

City made an awful start to their campaign with a home defeat by Lyon but three wins in a row and a 2-2 draw in France ensured they secured a place in the round of 16 with a game to spare.

Hoffenheim are bottom of the group with three points but can still qualify for the Europa League with victory in Manchester coupled with a defeat for Shakhtar Donetsk in their home clash with Lyon.

Match information

When is it? Wednesday 12th December

What time is kick-off? 20:00

Where is it being played? Etihad Stadium

Which channel is it on? BT Sport 2

Who is the referee? Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)

Manchester City vs Hoffenheim Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for the Manchester City vs Hoffenheim match for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Ishak Belfodil gave the Germans the lead after just 44 seconds in October's reverse fixture only for Sergio Aguero to level soon after and it took a smart piece of thinking from David Silva three minutes from time to ensure City avoided starting the group stage with just one point from two matches.

City's unbeaten start to the season ended on Saturday following a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, a result which also ensured Liverpool took over as Premier League leaders with a 4-0 win at Bournemouth.

Hoffenheim made their European debut last season after finishing third in the Bundesliga and have not lost a league match in two months - a run of seven games.

With City expected to field a weakened team against Hoffenheim, we are attracted to the Champions League odds of 18/5 of a win or draw for the Germans in the double chance market as the first of our Manchester City vs Hoffenheim predictions.

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First goalscorer tips

Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric has scored in eight consecutive games for club and country, breaking the deadlock in half of those matches, so he is an interesting option as a first goalscorer at boosted odds of 12/1.

Only Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Edin Dzeko have scored more than Kramaric's four Champions League goals this season and his form suggests another fruitful night at the Etihad.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Ishak Belfodil scored his fifth goal of the season in the 2-2 draw at Wolfsburg over the weekend and could add to his tally in the anytime scorer odds at 7/2.

The Algerian striker showed his awareness with a cool finish against City two months ago and has been one of Hoffenheim's best performers this season.

Where the game will be won or lost

Hoffenheim have played 13 matches in Europe in total - all over the last two years - and incredibly all of them have involved both teams scoring.

That trend is not specific to Europe either, with 13 of their 14 matches in the Bundesliga seeing goals at both ends this season.

Die Krauchgear are clearly an exciting team to watch, scoring the third highest number of goals (30) and conceding 20 times in their 14 games.

With an entertaining game in prospect, the next of our Manchester City vs Hoffenheim betting tips is both teams to score in the first half at 27/10, which has occurred in four of Hoffenheim's group matches, and we wrap up our preview by predicting a 2-2 draw at 20/1.

Hoffenheim's trips to Lyon and Shakhtar both ended that way and they would have had a third if the Ukrainian outfit had not equalised in the last minute in the reverse fixture.

Apart from their games against Shakhtar and despite qualifying with a game to spare, Citry have made hard work of the group - picking up just one point in two games against Lyon - and a draw would be a fitting end to a stuttering campaign.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football