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UEFA Champions League

  • December 7, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: S. Lannoy
  • • Attendance: 46002

Champions League Preview: Manchester City v Bayern Munich

Champions League Preview: Manchester City v Bayern Munich

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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



Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Barry, Yaya Toure, Milner
Silva, Dzeko, Aguero


Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Contento
Luiz Gustavo, Tymoshchuk
Olic, Alaba, Usami

Manchester City have a full squad to select from, so it will come down to Roberto Mancini picking the team he feels is most suitable to stop the German side from repeating their dominant display in Munich.

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.

  • 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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Players to watch

David Silva

Position: Midfielder

Games: 5

  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
The Spaniard has been in fine form this season, and has stated his belief that City can still win the Champions League. He will need to be at his creative best in the centre, and hope for Villarreal to pick up their first points of the season in Europe, for that to materialise.

F. Ribéry

Position: Midfielder

Games: 3

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
With his side already through as group winners, the Frenchman may have artistic licence to use his unquestionable ability to attack City at will, with the pressure heaped on the home side. His trickery and ability to find team-mates in attacking positions could be the downfall of the English outfit if the winger is given time and space from which to prosper.

Editor's Prediction

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Manchester City FC MCI
Manchester City FC Manchester City
FC Bayern München FCB
FC Bayern München Bayern München

Top 3 Predictions

Manchester City FC MCI
1 - 2
FC Bayern München FCB
Manchester City FC MCI
2 - 1
FC Bayern München FCB
Manchester City FC MCI
2 - 0
FC Bayern München FCB