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Lyon
2-2
Man CityManchester City
Cornet (55', 81')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Laporte (62'), Aguero (83')

How Manchester City could line up against Lyon

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

English champions Manchester City require just a point from their trip to Lyon for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Citizens have won their last three matches on the continent, following a defeat to Les Gones in their opening fixture, to take control of Group F.

Despite a draw being enough to secure a qualifying spot with a game to spare, Pep Guardiola will no doubt be targeting victory to nail down first place and set up - on paper - an easier route to the final.

Here, Sports Mole looks at the selection decisions Guardiola has to make ahead of the midweek trip to France.

POSSIBLE MCI XI VS. LYN

Out: Benjamin Mendy (knee), Kevin De Bruyne (knee), Claudio Bravo (Achilles), Eliaquim Mangala (knee)
Doubtful: Bernardo Silva (muscular injury)

With 10 more games to play between now and the end of the year, Guardiola may be tempted to rotate his side on the back of the resounding 4-0 win at West Ham United.

At the same time, though, defeat to Lyon could take City's Champions League campaign down to the wire - depending on the result between Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim - so mass changes will likely be avoided.

Nicolas Otamendi came in for his first league start in two months for the trip to the London Stadium at the weekend, meaning a rest for John Stones.

England international Stones is expected to return to the fold on Tuesday, but Guardiola must decide whether to leave out Laporte for one of Vincent Kompany or Otamendi.

Bernardo is also thought to be back in contention after picking up a knock during the international break, while Phil Foden is in line for a recall to the starting lineup after performing well from the bench against West Ham.

Further forward, Gabriel Jesus netted a hat-trick against Hoffenheim on matchday four and may get the nod over Sergio Aguero for this one, and Riyad Mahrez is also raring to go after being benched in East London.

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Who will win Tuesday's Champions League tie between Lyon and Manchester City?

Lyon
Draw
Manchester City
Lyon
19.4%
Draw
6.5%
Manchester City
74.2%
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola pictured on September 29, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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