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Sep 19, 2018 at 8pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 40,111
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How Manchester City could line up against Lyon

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

Manchester City's assault on the 2018-19 Champions League will start on Wednesday night when tricky French outfit Lyon make the trip to the Etihad Stadium.

The English side fell short in the European Cup last term but are seen by many as the favourites to lift the crown this season under the leadership of serial winner Pep Guardiola.

City and Lyon are the favourites to progress from a group which also includes Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk, and both will be looking to get off to strong starts in Manchester on Wednesday night.

It will actually be the first ever meeting between these two teams, but Lyon won on their last visit to England, with that triumph occurring against Everton in the Europa League last season.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how City could line up on home soil.



Possible MNC XI vs. Lyon
Out: Kevin De Bruyne (knee), Claudio Bravo (Achilles)
Doubtful: Sergio Aguero (ankle), Benjamin Mendy (knee)

Kevin De Bruyne has handed City a huge boost by returning to training ahead of schedule following a knee injury, but this match will come too soon for the Belgium international.

City are also expected to be without the services of Sergio Aguero, who had to be withdrawn during Saturday's 3-0 win over Fulham in the Premier League due to an ankle problem, which should see Gabriel Jesus start up top.

Benjamin Mendy missed the clash with Fulham due to a knee injury, and the Frenchman is unlikely to be risked for this match, which should see Fabian Delph continue at left-back.

Club captain Vincent Kompany should return in central defence, while Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane are also expected to keep their spots in the final third having both netted against Fulham.

Ilkay Gundogan could also return to add a layer of protection to the midfield, with David Silva and Bernardo Silva both given licence to break forward.

> Click here to see how Lyon could line up for this fixture

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Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring for Manchester City in the Community Shield on August 5, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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