Manchester City projected Champions League lineup against CSKA Moscow
Manchester City failed to defeat Bayern Munich in their first major showdown of the UEFA Champions League, but they did however dispatch CSKA Moscow in their first encounter with the Russian side and will hope for the same results when the Etihad plays host to their fourth round tie Tuesday evening.
Manuel Pellegrini has his club looking in fine form after they bounced back from a crushing loss at Chelsea to record a Capital One Cup victory and then obliterated Norwich City by a score line of 7-0 at the weekend.
It is safe to say that the Citizens are out to prove they have what it takes and nothing could say that more than earning another three points towards their quest of knockout stage qualification in the UCL.
SWOL's own Charles Britton touched on the Joe Hart controversy earlier on Monday afternoon with an editorial on why it could be just the dose of medicine needed by the English keeper and that could once again come into play today as Costel Pantilimon is thought to have a shot at retaining his place for a third consecutive match following comments from his manager on Monday.
Pellegrini announced that Hart would indeed continue on the bench in his pre-match press conference as he discussed the player's reaction to his time out of the first team:
"...I think Joe reacted very well. He is a professional player. For him it is also a good thing to have a rest after playing so many matches.
He is working without any problem, supporting Costel Pantilimon. Nobody wants to be out but he thinks it will be useful for him."
After the last meeting between the two clubs resulted in racial issues, Pellegrini has already struck out in the media calling for a cease fire:
"I don't know about the relations of both clubs. The fans of CSKA made an important mistake.
The club, I don't know why they denied at the beginning or what their reaction is now, but Uefa acted and gave them the punishment they deserve.
I hope we can leave it in the past and [give something to think of] for Russian fans because they have a World Cup in their country."
Vincent Kompany and Stevan Jovetic remain the main injury concerns as Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko are expected to partner in attack with a midfield of Yaya Toure, Fernandinho and Jesus Navas and David Silva on the wings.
Pantilimon of course in goal while Aleksandar Kolarov, Martn Demichelis, Matija Nastasic and Pablo Zabaleta will be thought the most likely to hold down the defensive duties on the day.