Dynamo Kiev vs Manchester City preview

By Ric Turner, Wed 24 February 2016 10:31

Dynamo Kiev vs Manchester City previewEliaquim Mangala available again, with Manu Garcia and Brandon Barker also included in squad

Dynamo Kiev vs Manchester City

Competition: UEFA Champions League

Date: 7.45pm, Wednesday 24th February 2016

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Kiev

Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Assistants: P Devis, R Palomar Fourth Official: R Martinez

Odds: Kiev 3/1, Draw 12/5, City 11/10

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BT Sport

Dynamo Kiev

Manager: Serhiy Rebrov

Squad (from): Shovkovskiy, Rybka, Bushchan, Danilo Silva, Khacheridi, Dragovic, Vida, Burda, Makarenko, Veloso, Petrovic, Sydorchuk, Rybalka, Garmash, Gusev, Kranjcar, Buyalskiy, González, Yarmolenko, Moraes, Kravets, Teodorczyk

Injured: Morozyuk

Doubtful: Yarmolenko, Rybka, Sydorchuk

Suspended: Antunes

Form guide: WWWWWW

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Otamendi, Zabaleta, Barker, Fernandinho, Fernando, Garcia, Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Iheanacho

Injured: Nasri, Bony, Delph, De Bruyne, Navas

Doubtful: Sagna

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLLWWW

Eliaquim Mangala is available for selection for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury against Everton. Bacary Sagna also travelled with the squad, but is unlikely to start, whilst Fabian Delph, Samir Nasri, Kevin De Bruyne and Jesus Navas remain sidelined. Manu Garcia and Brandon Barker, who both played in the defeat at Stamford Bridge, are included in the squad. Manager Manuel Pellegrini again defended his decision to play a weakened team against Chelsea, but insists that game will have no bearing on tonight's encounter.

Pellegrini said: “We have similar squad that we played in the last Premier League game. The only player that has recovered is Mangala.

“We had to make a difficult decision against Chelsea but it was the only choice we could make in this moment. We had just 13 players so it was our intention to continue in all competitions and we couldn’t do that.

“This is absolutely different – we will try to continue knowing we have a difficult game tomorrow.

“The important thing is the performance of our important players tomorrow. It’s the first 90 minutes of a 180 minute match, no matter what happens, it’s not over tomorrow.”

City's last away game in Kiev ended in a 2-0 defeat, with Mario Balotelli being substituted after suffering an allergic reaction to the grass. Overall City have won 1 and lost 1 of the 2 games played against Kiev.

Prediction: Dynamo Kiev 1 City 1