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  • 17 July 2012
  • • 18:00
  • • Tivoli Stadion Tirol, Innsbruck

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

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

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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



Jungnickel, Jungwirth, Bregerie, Schuppan
Heller, Solga, Fiel
, Trojan
Kock, Fort

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.

  • 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.

Players to watch

R. Koch

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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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.

Y. Touré

Position: Midfielder

Games: 2

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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.

Editor's 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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