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September 17, 2013 7:45 PM BST
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Viktoria Plzen - Manchester City Preview: Kompany could return in European opener

Manuel Pellegrini will take charge of his first Champions League game since joining the away side, with several key players set to be recalled after a rest on Saturday

By Pete Marshall

Manchester City travel to the Czech Republic to face Viktoria Plzen in their opening Champions League fixture.

The Premier League side's two previous ventures into Europe's elite club competition saw them crash out in the group stages, finishing third in 2011-12 and bottom last season.

Manuel Pellegrini takes charge of his first Champions League match since replacing Roberto Mancini at the helm at the Etihad Stadium.

His side have hardly enjoyed ideal preparation for their first foray into Europe this season, however, after being held to a 0-0 draw by Stoke City on Saturday.

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After resting several of his stars at the Britannia Stadium, Pellegrini is likely to return to a more familiar line-up against Plzen, with Sergio Aguero, Jesus Navas and Fernandinho all in line to play from the start, and he could also be boosted by the return of captain Vincent Kompany, who has been battling a groin problem and has travelled with the squad.

For their part, Plzen head into the competition in superb form, having won all six of their qualifying matches.
They also top their domestic league table after an unbeaten start consisting of six victories and two draws.

The hosts - who will likely look to their top scorer in qualifying, Marian Cisovsky, to provide their goal threat - will undoubtedly start as underdogs.

With City picking up just the one away win in six in the Champions League to date, coupled with the fact that Plzen have only failed to triumph in one of their previous 11 home matches in Europe, they will retain some hope of an upset.


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