Manchester City are on the road in the Champions League tonight as they attempt to register their first win of the season in the competition.
A disappointing defeat to Lyon at the Etihad a fortnight ago put City bottom of Group F, but a win at Hoffenheim would put Pep Guardiola’s men back on track.
City travel to Germany boosted by the inclusion of Sergio Aguero, who had been a doubt after Guardiola revealed he was playing with a foot injury for the past few fixtures. Kevin De Bruyne has returned to training, but was never expected to be involved so soon after his knee injury that he picked up at the beginning of the season.
First-choice left-back Benjamin Mendy and back-up Fabian Delph are out, so Oleksandr Zinchenko will continue to fill in.
How Man City should line up against Hoffenheim in the Champions League
What TV channel is Hoffenheim vs Man City on?
Hoffenheim vs Man City will be broadcast live on BT Sport 3.
Kick off at the Rhein-Necker-Arena is at the new time of 17.55, as the Champions League has introduced staggered kick-off times for this season’s competition.
Alternatively, follow our live blog here on the Manchester Evening News.
Team news for Hoffenheim vs Man City
With Sergio Aguero’s inclusion, City have taken a strong squad to Germany.
Only Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph miss out, giving Oleks Zinchenko the chance to impress again at left-back. Fellow full-back Danilo could get more game time after returning from his long-term injury last week at Oxford.
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Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane have experience of German football so Pep Guardiola could call upon the duo against Hoffenheim.
The hosts will be without captain Kevin Vogt, manager Julian Nagelsmann confirmed yesterday.
Odds for Hoffenheim vs Man City
City are clear favourites for the tie, and are expected to come away with three important points.
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