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City are also expected to be without the services of Sergio Aguero, who had to be withdrawn during Saturday's 3-0 win over Fulham in the Premier League due to an ankle problem, which should see Gabriel Jesus start up top.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