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Odds and preview for the late afternoon kick off:

Manchester City will given a shock when Lyon managed to turn them over at the Etihad in their opening group game.

A 2-1 defeat was a harsh reminder that where they are not to be taken lightly in the Premier League, but they are yet to place themselves among Europes elite.

With Bayern Munich dominating the Bundesliga teams have been unable to compete for i top spot and have been left to settle for vying for Champions League spots, and it has seen the quality of German football gradually slip.

Hoffenheim claimed their Champions League place on the final day of the season reserving their spot on goal difference as they were one of three teams ending to finish on 55 points. Their began their campaign with a respectable 2-2 draw away to Shakter.

Match Betting:

City go into this game as huge favourites, with 3/8 the best price out there for the win. Whilst the loss to Lyon may have come as a huge shock, the bookmakers see it as a temporary blip and that City’s quality will shine through.

If City had managed to take all 3 points on the opening day then this would have been a huge opportunity for Hoffenheim, if they could have held out for a draw then there would have been genuine belief that they could sneak through the group.

As it stands they will need to play for the win, and in turn should be ruthlessly carved open. If they can hold out then the Double Chance Hoffenheim or Draw looks huge at 11/5. But it would be a brave man who see’s anything other than a City victory.

Goalscorers:

The question is who does Pep Guardiola start with. Aguero has been playing 60 minutes per game, so will Pep see this as an opportunity to give Gabriel Jesus a go?

We do think Raheem Sterling will start the game. And with his impressive start to the season he can be found at 6/5 to score anytime.

Expect City to create plenty of chances. For last goalscorer Riyad Mahrez can be found as big as 8/1. We don’t expect him to start, but a late entrance would make hard work for tiring legs.

Where to watch:

Kick off: 18:55 (Gibraltar)

Channel: BT Sports

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All prices checked against OddsChecker at the time of writing.

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