Manchester Metropolis welcome Olympiacos to the Etihad Stadium tonight hoping to increase their good document on this season’s Champions League.
The Blues defeated each Porto and Marseille to take an early lead within the group with Olympiacos presently sitting in third with three factors from their opening two video games.
Will probably be the primary ever assembly between the 2 sides with the Greek champions boasting a torrid document in England, dropping 14 of their final 16 main European fixtures towards Premier League opposition.
Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola confronted tonight’s opponents twice throughout his time in command of Bayern Munich, successful each video games.
Learn how our writers assume Metropolis ought to line up under and use the interactive widget to choose your personal workforce:
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With time earlier than Liverpool, it’s arduous to know whether or not to choose the workforce towards Olympiacos that you just wish to begin on Sunday or make a couple of modifications to maintain some powder dry.
I might go for the tactic of the final two video games of some modifications that do not visibly alter the standard within the workforce. If there are nonetheless considerations over Laporte’s capability to play three video games in every week then Nathan Ake is again, whereas Aleks Zinchenko can are available for Joao Cancelo.
Gundogan can are available to provide De Bruyne a relaxation and Phil Foden for Riyad Mahrez to check out the entrance three that did so properly towards Marseille once more. Gundogan and Bernardo are most likely enjoying for the one spot alongside De Bruyne for Sunday’s recreation so this must be a helpful audition.
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Guardiola has to strike a stability tonight between fielding a workforce sturdy sufficient to safe a win that will nearly seal Metropolis’s progress on the midway stage of the group and protecting key males recent for the primary conflict with Liverpool this weekend.
That may imply a brand new partnership at centre again, with Ake alongside Garcia and Laporte and Dias saved in reserve for the weekend. Zinchenko is due a begin at left-back however Walker is in such a wealthy vein of kind he ought to proceed at right-back.
Guardiola usually likes the axis of Rodri and Gundogan on Champions League night time so they’re prone to each begin in midfield, with Bernardo Silva reverting to a central midfield position instead of De Bruyne.
This recreation is prone to come simply too quickly for Jesus, so Torres can proceed by the center, with Sterling and Foden enjoying out vast.
Metropolis prolonged their unbeaten run to seven video games in all competitions as they beat Sheffield United on Saturday.
The Blues have not tasted defeat since their 5-2 loss to Leicester in September and go into their subsequent recreation towards Olympiacos stuffed with confidence.
Metropolis have began their Champions League marketing campaign immaculately, scoring three objectives in every of their first two group video games and amassing most factors.
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The sport towards Liverpool should take precedence given Metropolis’s hectic schedule and their sturdy place within the group to date. Olympiacos are not any push overs however Guardiola can subject a weakened aspect and nonetheless go away with three factors.
There isn’t a must danger Laporte given his current health points and Dias additionally deserves a relaxation after being thrown into the motion following his summer season change from Benfica. Garcia ought to associate Ake regardless of his present contract state of affairs. Zinchenko is a pure substitute for Cancelo whereas Walker’s health should not be a difficulty.
Rodri impressed towards West Ham and will anchor a midfield of Gundogan and Bernardo, handing De Bruyne a relaxation.
Up entrance, Foden deserves to come back again into the aspect forward of Mahrez.