MX23RW : Thursday, October 18 03:39:30
Oct 2, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Etihad Stadium
Man CityManchester City
1-3
Bayern Munich
Negredo (80')
Aguero (42'), Nasri (70'), Milner (75')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Ribery (7'), Muller (56'), Robben (60')
Kroos (45')
Boateng (86')

Preview: Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich

Sports Mole previews Wednesday night's Champions League encounter between Manchester City and Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium.

Many believe that Manchester City's current Champions League group is more favourable than the previous two that they were dealt, but this one has still paired them with last season's winners Bayern Munich.

The German giants, who City play host to on Wednesday night, were arguably the best side in Pot One, having defeated Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in May's final at Wembley.

It was probably not the draw that City's new manager Manuel Pellegrini wanted either. He has come up against Bayern coach Pep Guardiola eight times with Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga, but was never able to get the better of the 42-year-old's Barcelona side.

On the pitch, Pellegrini has a near fully fit squad to select from, with defender Martin Demichelis the only confirmed absentee. Sergio Aguero missed the weekend's defeat at Aston Villa, but he is expected to return for the European clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Meanwhile, visiting Bayern will be without Spanish midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez, as well as defender Holger Badstuber, who has a knee ligament injury.

Mario Gotze has not featured for Guardiola's side since the UEFA Super Cup last month in Prague because of an ankle injury, but reports have claimed that he will be included in the squad on Wednesday.

Bayern last travelled to Manchester in 2011 and were 2-0 losers, but they had already qualified for the knockout stages, while City were forced to settle for third place.

Recent form

Man City: DWWWWL

Bayern: DWWWWW

Possible starting lineups

Man City: Hart; Clichy, Kompany, Nastasic, Zabaleta; Fernandinho, Toure, Navas, Nasri; Negredo, Aguero

Bayern: Neuer; Alaba, Dante, Boateng, Rafinha; Lahm; Ribery, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Robben; Mandzukic

Sports Mole says: 1-1

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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