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  • October 24, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
  • Referee: S. Moen
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Ajax - Manchester City Preview: Both teams looking for first Group Stage win

Ajax - Manchester City Preview: Both teams looking for first Group Stage win

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Roberto Mancini's side have taken one point from their opening two games, and will be hoping to add another three in Amsterdam against Frank de Boer's winless squad

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
AJAX

Vermeer
Van Rhijn, Alderweireld, Moisander, Blind
Poulsen, Eriksen
Sana, De Jong, Boerrigter
Babel
MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Milner, Yaya Toure, Barry, Nasri
Dzeko, Aguero

There are no fresh injury worries for Ajax boss Frank de Boer following the 3-3 draw away to Heracles on Saturday, so unless he feels the need to change personnel, he could be set to name an unchanged lineup.

For Roberto Mancini, David Silva (hamstring) looks set to miss out. A possible return had been mooted for the game, and he could make the bench, but a more likely return for the Spaniard would be the weekend clash with Swansea.

Elsewhere, Javi Garcia (thigh) and Maicon (ankle) will also probably miss out, despite stepping up their exertions in training in the past week, while Jack Rodwell's hamstring injury, sustained on international duty, makes him unavailable.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester City had 15 players away on duty for their countries in the international break, compared to Ajax's six.
  • Roberto Mancini's side have lost three of their four away games in the Champions League, having been in the competition the past two years.
  • The two clubs have never met in a competitive game.
  • Ajax's last victory over English opposition at home was in 1980 against Nottingham Forest, though they did beat City's rivals United at Old Trafford last season.
  • The two bosses have faced each other before as players, with Mancini coming on as a sub in Italy's 1-0 win over the Netherlands in 1990 - the game where Frank de Boer made his international debut.
  • Denis Bergkamp, the current Ajax assistant manager and former Arsenal striker, faced City nine times as a player, winning every game.
  • Christian Eriksen has run the furthest of any player in the Champions League group stages, clocking up 26.075 kilometres.

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28Christian PoulsenMidfielder
23Christian EriksenMidfielder
10Siem de JongMidfielder
17Daley BlindDefender
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2Micah RichardsDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
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8Samir NasriMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
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16Sergio AgüeroStriker
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