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Lyon
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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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2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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