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July 17, 2012 6:00 PM BST

 

Dynamo Dresden - Manchester City Preview: Premier League giants look to get back to winning ways after defeat to Al Hilal

The Premier League champions face the German second-tier side in the second game of their pre-season tour of Austria, having been beaten by the Saudi Arabia outfit on Friday

By Joe Wright

Roberto Mancini - Manchester City
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

DYNAMO DRESDEN

Eilhoff
Jungnickel, Jungwirth, Bregerie, Schuppan
Heller, Solga, Fiel
, Trojan
Kock, Fort
MANCHESTER CITY

Pantilimon
Zabaleta, Kompany, Savic, Kolarov
Weiss, Razak, Yaya Toure, Johnson
Tevez, Aguero


Manchester City have no new injury problems ahead of the clash in Innsbruck, and will likely feature a similar mix of first-team stars and young talent to that which took to the field against Al-Hilal.

Stefan Savic, Vladimir Weiss and Abdul Razak are among those who will be hoping to force their way into Roberto Mancini's plans ahead of the new campaign after playing a full 45 minutes against the Saudi side on Friday.

Ralf Loose's side will be looking to record a victory following back-to-back successes over German non-league sides Zwickau and Meuselwitz in their first two pre-season matches.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Dynamo Dresden were won of the most successful sides of the old East German football league, winning eight league titles.
  • Goalkeeper Benjamin Kirsten is the son of former Germany striker Ulf Kirsten, who played for the club in the 1980s.
  • Dresden consolidated their place in the 2. Bundesliga last season after gaining promotion in May 2011, finishing 9th in the table.
  • Former European Footballer of the Year Matthias Sammer (pictured), now Bayern Munich sporting director, began his professional career with Dynamo in 1985.
  • Manchester City enjoyed a 100% record to their pre-season tour of 2011, but suffered defeat in their opening match of their current warm-up campaign.
  • City faced German opposition in the form of Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League group stage. Both sides recorded 2-0 home wins.
  • City were crowned champions of England in May for the first time in 44 years, pipping bitter rivals Manchester United to the title on goal difference.
  • The squad is currently based in the Austrian town of Seefeld, the same location that the Netherlands used prior to their 2010 World Cup campaign.


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Club Friendlies ‎(FRC)‎ 17 Jul 2012 Dynamo Dresden 0 - Manchester City 0
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Available Squads
13Benjamin KirstenGoalkeeper
4Cheikh Matar GueyeDefender
15Vujadin Savic Defender
5Romain BregerieGoalkeeper
27Sebastian SchuppanMidfielder
-Cüneyt KözDefender
30David SolgaMidfielder
19Yiannis PapadopoulosMidfielder
8Filip TrojanMidfielder
11Anthony LosillaMidfielder
9Mickael PotéStriker
-Muhamed SubašićDefender
40Cristian FiélMidfielder
13Florian JungwirthDefender
25Robert KochStriker
-Bjarne ThoelkeDefender
35Florian FromlowitzGoalkeeper
15Lars JungnickelStriker
37Toni LeistnerDefender
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
15Stefan SavicDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
-Nir BitonStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
2ParáDefender
64Eirik JohansenGoalkeeper
38D. BoyataDefender
44Karim RekikDefender
61Jeremy HelanMidfielder
14Omar ElabdellaouiMidfielder
62Abdul RazakMidfielder
40Vladimir WeissMidfielder
49Luca ScapuzziStriker
-Mario JelavićStriker
-George EvansMidfielder
30Andrea ManciniStriker
47Harry BunnStriker
Players to Watch
Robert Koch
Robert Koch
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The striker scored eight goals last season in his first year in the second division of German football, and also has pedigree against biger sides, displayed when he bagged two goals in a surprise win against Bayer Leverkusen in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.
Yaya Touré
Yaya Touré
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 42
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
When the midfielder gets going, it's difficult to find anyone as devastating anywhere in the world. The Ivorian carries the ball brilliantly, and if given space can be an attacking threat as well.
Probable Lineups
Benjamin Kirsten 13
Cheikh Matar Gueye 4
Vujadin Savic 15
Romain Bregerie 5
Sebastian Schuppan 27
Cüneyt Köz 0
David Solga 30
Yiannis Papadopoulos 19
Filip Trojan 8
Anthony Losilla 11
Mickael Poté 9
Costel Pantilimon 30
Stefan Savic 15
Vincent Kompany 4
Kolo Toure 4
Aleksandar Kolarov 13
Pablo Zabaleta 5
Yaya Touré 42
Nir Biton 0
Sergio Agüero 16
Carlos Tévez 10
Pará 2
Prediction
Dynamo go into this match off the back of two wins against non-league German sides, and will feel they have nothing to lose against the English champions. City, meanwhile, will want to restore a little pride following their tame showing during their defeat to Al Hilal last week.

While the Germans will likely go out all guns blazing, expect Roberto Mancini's side to have too much firepower for their opponents on Tuesday.
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