Manchester City v Lyon – Etihad Stadium at 20:00 (UTC/GMT)

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City is set to resume their pursuit for European glory by accommodating the Ligue 1 side Lyon for the Champions League on Wednesday, September 19, at the Etihad Stadium. This match will be the first ever head to head of both teams. Lyon has been consistent in the Champions League in recent years during previous Champions League, qualifying for the group stage matches in three of the last four seasons. However, they were unsuccessful in progressing further in their last two performances in the competition. Manchester City, on the other hand, is in the top spot for the competition’s group stage draw.

Lyon is one of the top ranked teams in the Ligue 1 division, but so is Manchester City in the English Premier League. The match between these two teams is surely one of the most anticipated ones in this seasons Champions League.

LATEST NEWS:                           

–          Man City may probably be without Sergio Aguero and Benjamin Mendy for their Champions League opener against Lyon.

–          Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo will miss the match as well as they are both long-term absentees.

–          Leroy Sane took advantage of his return to the first team squad by netting a game opener against the Cottagers.

–          Riyad Mahrez could be brought back in.

–          Nabil Fekir remains a Lyon player after a move to Liverpool collapsed at the eleventh hour during the summer window.

–          Lyon Striker Amine Gouiri is sidelined for the long term due to a ruptured cruciate ligament injury.

–          Lyon’s new signing Moussa Dembele made his debut playing as a substitute in their last game, and is present for the match against Man City.

PROBABLE STARTING XI:

Manchester City: Ederson, Delph, Stones, Laporte, Walker, David Silva, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Raheem Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez

Lyon: Lopes, Rafael, Marcelo, Denayer, Mendy, Tousart, Ndombele, Aouar, Traore, Fekir, Dembele

KEY PLAYERS:

Manchester City

David Silva is well-known for being one Premier League’s most consistent performers. He is notable for being a ‘club legend’ for Man City, being an integral part of their three title victories since 2012. He has a record of 345 appearances for the club to in all competitions.

Raheem Sterling was one of the key players who helped secure the win for Man City during their match against Fulham.  He is one of the most versatile players in football history. He has the ability to play anywhere across the front three. He is able to play in multiple positions consistently through the course of a single game.

Fernandinho is ranked as one of the best three midfielders in the world, according to Man City manager Pep Guardiola. His marvelous form has been a vital part to Man City’s victories.


Lyon

Nabil Fekir has been one of the most important players for Lyon this season. He also played in six of France’s seven games during their triumphant FIFA World Cup season last summer. Like Man City’s Sterling, he is also lauded for his versatility.

Ferland Mendy is considered as one of the best players in Lyon. He has been a regular player ever since he joined Lyon, making 22 starts in Ligue 1 during his debut campaign. His ball handling skills have helped Lyon in securing a place in the Champions League.

Moussa Dembele is a recent transfer of Lyon. He is one of Europe’s top striker. The French outfit will surely consider him as one of the most important players for their match against the English club.

MATCH BETTING PREDICTION:

Manchester City v Lyon: 2-1

The English outfit won seven of their last eight home competitions in the Champions League. Pep Guardiola will see this match as a chance to backup the clubs victories, but the French team is not the team who backs away without a challenge.

MATCH BETTING ODDS:*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

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