Roma vs. Manchester City: An Alternative Preview

Probable Lineups…

City RomaRoma (4-3-3): Sanctis, Maicon, Astori, Yanga-Mbiwa, Cole, Pjanic, Rossi, Nainggolan, Gervinho, Totti, Ljajic

Rudi Garcia will have a reasonably fit squad going into the clash and needs a win to ensure qualification from a very competitive Group E round of fixtures. With Bayern Munich already guaranteed progression, second, third, and fourth are all equal on five points. Roma will be without Leandro Castan who will miss the entire season after surgery to release some pressure on his brain. Vasilis Torosidis is currently a doubt for the visit of Manchester City, but could still feature subject to his fitness in the build up to the match. Veteran forward Francesco Totti will lead the lines alongside former Arsenal winger Gervinho and in-form Adem Ljajic.

Manchester City (4-4-1-1): Hart, Zabaleta, Mangala, Demichelis, Clichy, Navas, Fernando, Fernandinho, Milner, Nasri, Dzeko

The biggest blow in Manchester City’s hopes of qualification into the latter stages of the Champions League is the lengthy injury to Sergio Aguero who is expected to miss a number of upcoming fixtures for Manuel Pellegrini. Elsewhere, he will be without the services of Yaya Toure who is suspended for the fixture. David Silva, Stevan Jovetic, Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic are also likely to be on the sidelines, with all four of them still doubtful. Fernandinho is also not fully fit, but may need to be forced into the action to play alongside Fernando in the defensive midfield role. Edin Dzeko is tipped to start as the lone striker supported by former Arsenal man Samir Nasri.

What the fans are saying…

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When the two met previously, it was Roma who came away with a vital away point against Manchester City courtesy of a Francesco Totti equaliser. Now, City travel to Rome in a match where Champions League qualification will be on the line. The winner most probably will take it all.

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Roma vs. Manchester City: An Alternative Preview