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Manchester City are in action in the Champions League once again, as the current holders travel to Switzerland to face Young Boys in the Wankdorf Stadium at 20:00 on Wednesday evening.
Pep Guardiola’s side have started the competition strongly, imposing themselves on Group G with two wins from their opening two games.
A win tomorrow would give the treble winners total control of the group, in a fixture that could also help to rebuild their form after suffering two consecutive defeats in the Premier League prior to last weekend.
Manchester City predicted lineup vs Young Boys
- 1 Manchester City predicted lineup vs Young Boys
- 2 Manchester City key players – Our top three
- 3 Manchester City predicted lineup vs Young Boys – The Final Word
Manchester City vs Young Boys Champions League Team news
The stage is set for the first competitive meeting between Young Boys and Manchester City, in what is expected to be a challenge for the Swiss outfit in front of their home crowd.
After getting back to winning ways in the Premier League last weekend thanks to a win over Brighton, Guardiola will hope to build on the form lost thanks to defeats against Wolves and Arsenal.
Injury and suspension woes had been attributable to City’s dip in performance, however the Citizens will have a boost ahead of the Champions League outing as both John Stones and Bernardo Silva are back in contention.
Manchester City predicted lineup
Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Dias, Ake; Rodri, Kovacic; Foden, Nunes, Grealish; Haaland
Manchester City key players – Our top three
Erling Haaland – Can he finally get off the mark?
It’s unrecognisable territory for Erling Haaland in the 2023/24 Champions League, as the formidable striker is yet to open his tally from the two fixtures he’s played so far.
Last season, the 23-year-old netted 12 goals in 11 Champions League games, five of which coming in the group stages of City’s quest to the biggest prize.
The Norwegian won the UEFA Player of the Year award for 2023 for his efforts last term, with his attention firmly on tomorrow night as he looks to break his own deadlock in this season’s competition, and he certainly has the ingredients to do so.
Rodri – Guardiola’s heartbeat in midfield
After being sent off against Wolves for violent conduct, Manchester City were without their prized midfielder, Rodri, for three games in all competitions.
Without the Spaniard in their side, City are a far weaker unit, which was exposed by both Wolves and Arsenal in the Premier League, and Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup.
It’s fair to say that with Rodri on side, City can go the extra mile, making Wednesday’s contest all the more difficult for Young Boys.
Phil Foden – Can he continue his Champions League form?
City’s dark horse in the competition so far this term has undoubtedly been Phil Foden, who has scored once and assisted once in his opening two appearances in the group stage.
The Englishman scored a decisive goal last time out against RB Leipzig, and will be hoping to add to his tally against Young Boys in order to keep his spot in the team amid fierce competition.
The 23-year-old will be a handful for the opposition to maintain on Wednesday evening, as highlighted by his average of three key passes per game in the group stages, while keeping a stellar pass completion rate of 93%.
Manchester City predicted lineup vs Young Boys – The Final Word
After a difficult few weeks by City’s standards, a win on Wednesday evening is integral to them reminding everyone of their dominance, hence them being the current holders of the Champions League.
The Blues can be somewhat relaxed, as after winning their opening two games, the situation of a shock result on Wednesday would unlikely change the outcome of the group by the end of that stage.
It’s set to be an interesting affair, more so for Young Boys who will be tested by the current European Champions.
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