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How Lyon could line up against Manchester City

Ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash between Manchester City and Lyon, Sports Mole looks at how the visitors could line up at the Etihad Stadium.

Ligue 1 giants Lyon will travel to Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday night looking to pull off an early surprise in Group F.

City are the overwhelming favourites to top a section which also includes Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk, but tricky French outfit Lyon will fancy their chances of causing some problems this week.

Bruno Genesio's side is full of talent, but they will not enter this match in the best form, having won just one of their last four in the league, suffering two defeats in the process.

A slow start has left them down in seventh position in Ligue 1, but they won away at Everton in the Europa League last season, and will be eyeing another three points in England on Wednesday night.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Lyon could line up at the Etihad Stadium.



Possible Lyon XI vs. MNC
Out: Amine Gouiri (knee), Fernando Marcal (calf)
Doubtful: None

Lyon boss Genesio will take a strong squad to the Etihad Stadium, with Amine Gouiri and Fernando Marcal currently the only two first-team players on the sidelines for the French outfit.

Jason Denayer left City during the summer to link up with Lyon, and the central defender is expected to face his former club at the Etihad Stadium.

Former Manchester United pair Rafael and Memphis Depay should also both start for Lyon, and they will be fired up to get one over on the other team from Manchester on Wednesday night.

Nabil Fekir was strongly linked with a move to Liverpool during the summer, but the Frenchman remained with Lyon, and he will also start alongside former Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore in the final third.

Moussa Dembele made his Lyon debut against Caen at the weekend following a summer move from Celtic, and the 22-year-old should lead the away side's line.

There will also be plenty of eyes on Lyon's 21-year-old midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, who is widely regarded as one of the best young talents in European football, and is said to be on the radar of a number of clubs.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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