Celtic vs Manchester City preview: De Bruyne, Kompany and Delph ruled out through injury

By Ric Turner, Wed 28 September 2016 10:58


Celtic vs Manchester City preview: De Bruyne, Kompany and Delph ruled out through injuryGuadiola aims for club record-equalling eleventh straight victory

Celtic vs Manchester City

Competition: UEFA Champions League, Group Stage

Date: 7.45pm, Wednesday 28th September 2016

Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Assistants: E Di Liberatore, M Tonolini Fourth Official: R Di Fiore

Odds: Celtic 8/1, Draw 4/1, City 4/11

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BT Sport

Celtic

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Squad (from): Gordon, de Vries, Toure, Izaguirre, Simunovic, Boyata, Lustig, Sviatchenko, Bitton, Brown, Sinclair, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Rogic, McGregor, Forrest, Ciftci, Griffiths, Dembele, Christie, Roberts

Injured: None

Doubtful: de Vries

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDLWW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Caballero, O'Brien, Adarabioyo, Angelino, Clichy, Kolarov, Maffeo, Otamendi, Sagna, Stones, Zabaleta, Fernando, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Navas, Nolito, Sane, Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Iheanacho

Injured: Kompany, Delph, De Bruyne, Gunn

Doubtful: Sane

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

City's back-to-back victories at Swansea in the EFL Cup and Premier League were soured by injuries to Belgian pair Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne. Manager Pep Guardiola allayed fears regarding the length of their lay-offs, however, stating that he expected both to return in "two and a half or three weeks". Fabian Delph misses out once, and Angus Gunn is replaced in the squad by Billy O'Brien after suffering a hip injury. Nolito is available again despite currently serving a domestic three game ban.

Guardiola is on the verge of a club record equalling 11th straight victory, but is expcting a difficult game against Brendan Rodgers' side.

"It's my first time here in Glasgow to play against Celtic. Everybody talks to me about the atmosphere and I am looking forward to the experience.

"I was happy with our performance against Borussia Mönchengladbach and this is an opportunity to take a big step forward.

"I saw the game here against Rangers and saw how intense Celtic were, unlike the game in Barcelona. There was lots of high pressing, they were aggressive and that's the kind of game I expect tomorrow."

Prediction: Celtic 1 City 2

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