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UEFA Champions League Rhein-Neckar-Arena Tuesday, October 2, 2018 5:55 PM

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Man City 2-1 Hoffenheim, 12/12/18
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Everything you need to know ahead of City's Champions League Group F clash against Hoffenheim...

When and where

City travel to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena to take on Hoffenheim in their second group stage clash of the European competition.

The match will be shown live in the UK on BT Sport 3, while fans around the world can find out where they can watch the match with our TV listings.

If you can't tune in, you can follow the match live through updates on our Match Day Centre or our Twitter: @ManCity.

READ: Which TV channel is Hoffenheim v City on?

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Team news

City

Pep Guardiola revealed he will decide which of Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus will start, with the Argentine having played with a foot injury since City's triumph over Newcastle.

Kevin De Bruyne (lateral collateral ligament) recently trained ahead of the Hoffenheim game and looks to be making good progress while Benjamin Mendy (foot) is still working on his recovery back from injury. Fabian Delph is also unavailable.

Claudio Bravo is also unavailable, having sustained an Achilles tendon injury. The Chilean 'keeper underwent scans, which confirmed a rupture in the tendon of his left foot.

Hoffenheim

The home side are expected to be without captain Kevin Vogt (thigh), plus defenders Ermin Bicakcic and Havard Nordtveit.

Lukas Rupp (knee), Dennis Geiger (hamstring), Nadiem Amiri (foot), Benjamin Hubner (concussion), Kerem Demirbay (thigh) and Kasim Adams (ankle) remain doubtful for our Champions League meeting.

Head-to-head

This will be the first time the two sides have met.

Competition so far

City

The Blues started their European campaign with a defeat to Lyon at the Etihad. City conceded twice before the break on a rare off-night for the Premier League champions.

Though the hosts were much-improved in the second period, an impressive Lyon held out for the win.

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Highlights

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Hoffenheim

Our upcoming opponents clinched a 2-2 draw against fellow Group F side Shakhtar Donetsk in the opening group match.

Press conferences

Pep Guardiola:

“We have five finals ahead in the group stages. In the Champions League, we don’t have time to lose a lot of games. Tomorrow is the first final.

“I’ve already played (Hoffenheim) two or three times. Villarreal is a small town but they go far in the competition. It doesn’t matter how big the town is – it’s about how you play on the pitch.”

Julian Nagelsmann:

"Man City expect to win the game and I'm expecting them to focus on their strengths, but we've come up with a very brave plan.

"There will not be a battle of tactics. Our main strength is our style of play and everyone who takes the field for us will be brave in possession. We will look forward with anticipation and courage."

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