Manchester City vs Bayern Munich preview

By Ric Turner, Mon 24 November 2014 13:05

Manchester City vs Bayern Munich previewCity missing five first team regulars

Manchester City vs Bayern Munich

Date: 19.45pm, Tuesday 25th November 2014

Venue: The Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Pavel Královec Assistants: Roman Slyško, Martin Wilczek Fourth Official: Antonin Kordula

Odds: Manchester City 23/10, Draw 5/2, Bayern Munich 11/10 (from Paddy Power)

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Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Boyata, Clichy, Demichelis, Kompany, Mangala, Nastasic, Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernando, Lampard, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Aguero, Jovetic, Pozo.

Injured: Kolarov, Dzeko, Silva

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Fernandinho, Toure

Form guide: LDDL

Bayern Munich

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Neuer, Stark, Dante, Benatia, Rafinha, Boateng, Bernat, Weiser, Alonso, Ribery, Robben, Shaqiri, Gotze, Rose, Muller, Schweinsteiger, Lewandowski, Kurt.

Injured: Alaba, Badstuber, Martinez, Lahm, Pizarro, Reina, Thiago

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWW

City are without their first choice central midfielders, as both Yaya Toure and Fernandinho serve suspensions for their red cards against CSKA Moscow. Frank Lampard and Fernando are expected to deputise in their absence. David Silva, Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov remain absent through injury, stretching City's already reduced 21 man squad to the limit.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini, however, remains bullish about his team's prospects.

"A lot of time, the teams to have played badly in the group have won the Champions League," Pellegrini said.

"We know we must win against Bayern and must have the personality to go and be aggressive from the beginning. This is our last chance to progress.

"As a team we never think chances are gone - in the Premier League and Champions League. Maybe we are in a difficult position. I have trust in these players and sure we are going to play a good game and win the three points."

City's last home game against Bayern ended in a comprehensive 3-1 defeat, with Alvaro Negredo getting City's consolation. Overall City have won 2 of the 5 games played against Bayern, with no draws and 3 defeats.

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Prediction: Manchester City 1 Bayern Munich 3