Manchester City will look to make it six wins from six in the Champions League group stages when they face a Red Star Belgrade side guaranteed to finish bottom of Group G.
Manchester City to win and both teams to score - 7/4
Manchester City have already secured top spot in Champions League Group G but even a heavily-rotated team should have what it takes to ease past a Red Star Belgrade side with nothing but pride to play for.
The Serbian side have picked up just one point from five group games so far and are guaranteed to finish bottom of the group. They have not won a Champions League group game since 2019 and that run is unlikely to come to an end on Wednesday evening.
Despite their poor showing, Barak Bakhar’s side have been relatively threatening going forward. They have scored in four of their five games and even took the lead at the Etihad back in September, eventually succumbing to a 3-1 defeat after an inspired second-half performance from Manchester City.
With this attacking record, they could trouble what is likely to be an inexperienced visiting backline, although the Citizens have plenty of bite of their own.
The visitors have won all five Champions League games this season and are unbeaten in 18 fixtures in this competition, winning 13 of them.
They ended an uncharacteristic rough patch with a comeback win over Luton on Sunday despite the absence of the injured Erling Haaland, and those given a chance by Pep Guardiola on Wednesday will be eager to impress their manager.
That being said, they are without a clean sheet in six competitive games and have conceded in four of their five Champions League outings this term. They have only kept five clean sheets in 24 outings this term so, while an away win is likely, a shutout could be beyond them.
Manchester City to win 3-1 - 10/1
Manchester City beat Red Star Belgrade 3-1 back in September as they got the defence of their Champions League trophy up and running, and that marked the start of what has become a pattern in their continental fixtures this season.
They have scored exactly three goals in all five Champions League ties this season and in nine of their 24 fixtures in all competitions, with four of those nine games ending in a 3-1 win for Manchester City and three of those coming in the Champions League.
With Red Star Belgrade losing by this scoreline in two of their Champions League outings this term and scoring exactly once in three of them, a 3-1 win for the visitors looks a likely final scoreline on Wednesday.
Barak Bakhar has a clean bill of health ahead of this tie, with Peter Olayinka set to lead the line for Red Star Belgrade.
Erling Haaland missed out at the weekend through injury and is almost certain not to be risked for this tie, with Pep Guardiola expected to make a raft of changes for the trip to Belgrade.
Stefan Ortega, Rico Lewis, Sergio Gomez and Kalvin Phillips could all be given a chance to impress, while Kevin De Bruyne is still ruled out and Jeremy Doku is a doubt.
Manchester City are unbeaten in 18 Champions League games, winning 13 of them.
Red Star Belgrade have not won a Champions League group-stage game since October 2019.
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