The trophy holder is expected to start his defense appropriately. He has an easily manageable test at the start. Furthermore, City has won all five of their matches in the new season in the Premier League. At the same time, they have 19 consecutive home victories in all tournaments.
Four years ago, Red Star was last in the group stage. Back then, they suffered heavy losses against the favorites. In five out of their six matches, they didn't even score a goal. Over the weekend, Red Star lost 1-2 as guests to Cukaricki in the league, which was their second consecutive lost visit for the team.
An easy victory for City is shaping up, most likely with a goal difference of more than two. Red Star is unlikely to have many chances for a goal and probably won't be able to find the net.