Champions League Preview: Manchester City v Bayern Munich
Hosts are reliant on results elsewhere to ensure progression to the knockout stages of the competition, but still need to take three points from the German side on Wednesday
By Joe Doyle
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Barry, Yaya Toure, Milner
Silva, Dzeko, Aguero
Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Contento
Luiz Gustavo, Tymoshchuk
Olic, Alaba, Usami
Samir Nasri may be the player to miss out, with Edin Dzeko looking set to return to the line-up, while Mancini has an interesting choice to make in the full-back slots, where Gael Clichy is likely to be given the nod on the left.
For Bayern Munich, Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez are suffering the flu, but both could feature, having made the trip to England. Arjen Robben and Toni Kroos have also been struck down with flu and remained in Munich to recover.
Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger remains sidelined with a fractured clavicle, and defender Daniel van Buyten is also nursing a knock. Philipp Lahm may also be given a rest, meaning Diego Contento could feature on the left of defence.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena in September is the only time the Premier League leaders have failed to score this season in their 23 matches.
- For City to progress, they will have to beat Bayern and hope that Villarreal – who have yet to take a point this season in the competition – are able to deny second-placed Napoli at home.
- Bayern's last visit to England ended in elimination for City’s neighbours Manchester United as the English side went out on away goals in the quarter-finals of the 2009-10 campaign.
- Both teams have four players nominated for the FIFPro World XI. City’s four players are Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Serio Aguero.
- Bayern’s players are Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gomez.
- Manuel Neuer won €500,000 (£427,000) for charity last month in the German version of the ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ television show.
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Top 3 Predictions
Manchester City FC 1-2 FC Bayern München
- 14.09 %
Manchester City FC 2-1 FC Bayern München
- 13.3 %
Manchester City FC 2-0 FC Bayern München
- 9.26 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Dec 10, 2013||FC Bayern München 2 - Manchester City FC 3|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Oct 2, 2013||Manchester City FC 1 - FC Bayern München 3|
|Club Friendlies (FR)||Aug 1, 2013||Manchester City FC 1 - FC Bayern München 2|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Dec 7, 2011||Manchester City FC 2 - FC Bayern München 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Sep 27, 2011||FC Bayern München 2 - Manchester City FC 0|
|Manchester City FC|
|Dec 17, 2013||Leicester 1 - Manchester City FC 3||CCUP|
|Dec 14, 2013||Manchester City FC 6 - Arsenal 3||EPL|
|Dec 10, 2013||FC Bayern München 2 - Manchester City FC 3||UCL|
|Dec 7, 2013||Southampton 1 - Manchester City FC 1||EPL|
|Dec 4, 2013||West Bromwich Albion 2 - Manchester City FC 3||EPL|
|34||Nigel De Jong||Midfielder|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
With Bayern already having qualified, they may ease off a little in this match, and with City having to get a win to have a chance of qualifying, they’ll be going gung-ho in the last 15 minutes if the result isn’t going for them.