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RB Leipzig vs. Manchester City preview: Team news and predicted lineups

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Here is our preview, including predicted lineups, for Wednesday's Champions League round of 16 first-leg clash between RB Leipzig and Manchester City.
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RB Leipzig have a tough task ahead of them as they face Manchester City, one of the favorites to win the Champions League, in the first of two round of 16 matches on Wednesday evening.

'Die Roten Bullen' are coming off a confidence-boosting 3-0 away win over Wolfsburg, which saw Christopher Nkunku make his long-awaited comeback from injury off the bench.

Manchester City, on the other hand, were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest, meaning they remain two points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, who have a game in hand.

Unfortunately for Leipzig, Nkunku only completed parts of the final training session after feeling a muscle injury, and he is therefore a doubt.

Besides Nkunku, Leipzig have no fresh injury concerns, but will definitely be without long-term absentees Peter Gulacsi (knee), Abdou Diallo (knee) and Dani Olmo (thigh).

Marcel Halstenberg, Mohamed Simakan and Konrad Laimer could come into the starting eleven after starting on the bench against Wolfsburg.

Manchester City will be without John Stones (hamstring) as well as Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte (illness).

Check out our predicted lineups here.

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