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Manchester City v Juventus: Match Preview

  • Manchester City v Juventus: Match Preview
Manchester City host Champions League finalists Juventus in their opening group game.

Two sides with two very contrasting starts to their domestic leagues. City have won five games out of five and already sit 11 points clear of Champions Chelsea and 5 points clear of 2nd place and local rivals Manchester United.

Juventus on the other hand have started terribly, losing their opening two games to Udinese and Roma then drawing their third at home to Chievo. The sales of Alexander Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal look to have left a gaping hole in the middle of Juve's starting XI. 

Massimilliano Allegri did however bolster his squad, signing 6 players worth over 10m euros. The new arrivals include strikers Pablo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Simone Zaza, attacking midfielders Roberto Pereyra, Hernanes and Juan Cuadrado (on loan from Chelsea) and left-back Alex Sandro.

Like any side making wholesale changes to their first team, they need time to gel. It's the best time to play Juventus who are likely to be City's main threat in the group, although Sevilla will certainly fancy their chances if they can maintain their fantastic home record.

Team News

Sergio Aguero is the biggest miss of the game. The Argentine hitman was clattered by Scott Dann early in City's win over Palace. Silva & Sterling missed the trip to Selhurst Park but should return. I think Pellegrini will still stick with Navas as he'll want to go at the shaky Juve side from the off with pace. 

Claudio Marchisio will be a big miss in the heart of Juventus's midfield after he came off at half-time in the 1-0 defeat to Chievo. Sami Khedira & Kwadwo Asamoah also look set to miss out, although Georgio Chiellini may return, however that will depend whether Allegri goes for a three or four man back four.

Predicted Teams

Manchester City: Hart; Sagna, Mangala, Kompany (c), Kolarov; Toure, Fernandinho; Navas, Silva, Sterling; Bony

Juventus: Buffon; C├íceres, Barzagli, Bonnuci, Sandro; Pereyra, Pogba, Hernanes; Cuadrado, Dybala, Morata 
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