Manchester City would be hoping to prove their critics wrong by topping Champions League Group D as they come up against Juventus in Turin on Wednesday night.
Manuel Pellegrin’s side suffered a 4-1 heavy defeat to Liverpool at home last Saturday but Man City’s form in the Champions League as compared to Premier League sounds different as they have win three CL matches with eight goals and conceded three.
In other for Man City to avoid pairing with top form Clubs such as Barcelona or Bayern Munich in Europe, Man City must soar past Juventus tonight but it looks like Juventus are also in desperate need of the maximum points to edge them escape these clubs.
Head to Head – Juventus vs Manchester City
Juventus have clash three times against Man City with two draws and one win on their favour (which the Septmber 1-2 win at away)
Current Form in Champions League
Juventus are unbeaten in the league with two wins and two draws with five goals to their name are are second in Group D with 8 points.
Manchester City are at top of the table with 9 points and have won their last three games since their loss to Juventus in September.
Current Domestic Form
Both clubs last five domestic matches have recorded three wins, one lost and one draw. Juventus are coming into this match on the back of two straight wins in Serie A, while City has failed to win their last 2 matches. The Citizens would be keen to erase the 4-1 thumbing by Liverpool in the weekend by raising their game on Wednesday night
Juventus : Team News
Roberto Pereyra, Kwadwo Asamoah, Simone Padoin, Hernanes, Sami Khedira and Martín Cáceres will all miss tonight’s game through injury.
But there is some good news for the Old Lady as Patrice Evra is back in the team after recovering from injury.
Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli will man the defence, Sandro and Cuadrado taking the flanks with Pogba, Marchisio and Sturaro at midfield where as Manzukic and Dybala pair up front.
Juventus : Predicted Line-Up (3-5-2 Formation)
Buffon – Chiellini, Bonucci, Barzagli- Sandro, Cuadrado, Pogba, Marchisio, Sturaro – Manzukic, Dybala.
Manchester City : Team News
Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and
Eliaquim Mangala are sidelined due to injury.
Demichelis will still partner Otamindi in the center of the defense with Kolarov and Sagna patrolling the wings.
Fernandinho will pair with Delph, Yaya Toure will take the number 10 position with De Bruyne and Sterling will using the flanks unleashing Aguero as the lone-striker.
Manchester City : Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1 Formation)
Joe Hart – Kolarov, Sagna, Demichelis,Otamindi – Fernandinho, Delph – Yaya Toure, De Bruyne, Sterlling – Aquero
What to Expect !
Manuel Pellegrini would want his side to respond after a disappointing display against Liverpool in the weekend. Even with the key players missing out, the side still has enough fire power to do.
Juventus are unbeaten at home in 15 Champions League matches, but their form is no where near what it used to be in the previous two season. Their last two Champions League matches finished in a draw and City can take a lot of confidence from their 3-1 dribbling of Sevilla in their last European outing.
Juventus has to find consistency to stay in the context, otherwise City may be out end the Italian’s unbeaten run and to their own satisfaction silence their critics.