Manchester City vs Lyon preview: Arteta fills in for suspended Guardiola

By Ric Turner, Sat 15 September 2018 13:36


Manchester City vs Lyon preview: Arteta fills in for suspended GuardiolaCity boss serves touchline ban following red card against Liverpool last season

Manchester City vs Lyon

Competition: UEFA Champions League

Date: 8.00pm, Wednesday 18th September 2018

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Daniele Orsato Assistants: L Manganelli, F Preti Fourth Official: G Peretti

Odds: City 1/5, Draw 7/1, Lyon 14/1. For more Champions League odds, see 888sport.

Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Bravo, De Bruyne, Mangala

Doubtful: Danilo, Aguero, Mendy

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDWW

Lyon

Manager: Bruno Génésio

Squad (from): Lopes, Racioppi, Gorgelin, Yanga-Mbiwa, Rafael, Denayer, Marcelo, Dubois, Morel, Mendy, Tete, Solet, Terrier, Aouar, Ferri, Cheikh, Caqueret, Ndombele, Tousart, Ndiaye, Traore, Depay, N Fekir, Cornet, Y Fekir, Kitala

Injured: Marcal, Gouiri

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLWLD

Pep Guardiola serves a touchline ban, having been sent to the stands during City's 2-1 defeat against Liverpool in the quarter finals of last seasons Champions League. His assistant Mikel Arteta will deputise in his absence, and faced the media at Tuesday's press conference.

When asked about possible injuries for Benjamin Mendy and Sergio Aguero, Arteta said: “We will have [a] training session now and [we'll]see how they react in the next 24 hours, then make a decision.”

He added that he would do everything he could to minimise any disruption caused by Guardiola's absence:

“Up to now, the preparation has been normal, the same process we normally do. Tomorrow, we cannot have any communication (with Pep). I will be on the touchline and I will try to make the right decisions.”

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Jesus

Score prediction: Manchester City 3 Fulham 1

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