Man City’s hopes rest in the balance

Probable Lineups:

Manchester City (4-4-1-1): Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Milner, Fernando, Lampard, Nasri, Silva, Aguero

The biggest blow for Manuel Pellegrini will be the double suspension to his holding midfielders Fernandinho as well as Yaya Toure – Frank Lampard and Fernando are most likely to be named as their replacements. Edin Dzeko, Aleksandar Kolarov, and David Silva are all still doubts, but the Manchester City boss may be forced to risk their main playmaker Silva to stand behind lone striker Sergio Aguero. Stevan Jovetic, having scored at the weekend, is also in contention to play, but Pellegrini may have to sacrifice him in hopes of reinforcing his midfield.

Bayern Munich (4-1-4-1): Neuer, Rafinha, Benatia, Dante, Bernat, Alonso, Robben, Gotze, Schweinsteiger, Ribery, Muller

Bayern Munich have a rather long list of injury concerns, but because Pep Guardiola’s side has already guaranteed their qualification into the next round, he is adequately covered by giving some of his backup players a chance to feature. David Alaba, Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm, Tom Starke, Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, and Jose Reina are all out of the match with Jerome Boateng a huge doubt after only returning back from a knock. Despite the lengthy injury list, wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are fit to play and will surely be threat along the flanks whilst Thomas Muller is tipped to lead the lines supported by the likes of both Mario Gotze and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

What the fans are saying…

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Manchester City and Bayern Munich always seem to meet each other in the group stages of the Champions League with the Bundesliga side coming out on top in their previous visit to the Etihad. Bayern proved 3-1 winners when the pair met back in 2013 as this is a must win match for City.


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