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?Manchester City vs Dinamo Zagreb: match preview & lineups

Tue 01 October 2019 | 6:50

Manchester City will return to Champions League action on Tuesday hosting Dinamo Zagreb in Group C.

Pep Guardiola’s side began their latest campaign to win the European Cup by defeating Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0.

Meanwhile, Dinamo Zagreb ruthlessly crashed newcomers Atalanta 4-0 in their last UEFA Champions League match.

Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, and Leroy Sané are injured and will not feature in this match, which means Fernandinho will continue playing in central defence against Nicolás Otamendi.

Nenad Bjelica is only missing attacking midfielder Lovro Majer from his squad.

Teams’ background

Looking back through the history we will figure out that this will be Manchester City’s first encounter with Dinamo Zagreb in European competition and their first-ever such meeting with a Croatian side.

Dinamo Zagreb have never won away from home against English teams in all competitions in Europe, losing five of their seven trips to England.

Manchester City have won their last four Champions League home games by an aggregate score of 19-4. Indeed, City have lost only one of their last 11 home group stage matches, with nine wins and one draw.

Dinamo Zagreb are winless in their last 15 Champions League away matches, losing each of the last 12 and with 2 draws. No side has ever lost 13 consecutive away games in the Champions League.

Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk was Pep Guardiola’s 30th managerial UEFA Champions League win by three or more goals.

Dinamo Zagreb ended a run of 11 consecutive Champions League losses with victory over Atalanta on MD1, only once have they won in successive games in the competition.

It is interesting to know that Pep Guardiola has won both of his Champions League matches against Dinamo Zagreb as manager, winning 5-0 and 2-0 with Bayern Munich in the 2015-16 group stage.

Possible lineups

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy, De Bruyne, Rodri, D. Silva, Bernardo Silva, Agüero, Sterling.

Dinamo Zagreb: Livaković, Théophile-Catherine, Dilaver, Perić, Stojanović, Moro, Ademi, Leovac, Oršić, Petković, Olmo.

Match info

Date: Tuesday, 01 October

​Time: 22:00 CET

Venue: Etihad Stadium

​Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük


source: SportMob
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