Bayern Munich v Man City: Predicted lineups

Published September 17th, 2014 - 12:13 GMT

Bayern Munich (0-0-0) have started their domestic campaign off with two wins and a draw from three and are ripe to get their European season off on the right foot. However, multiple injuries will see a makeshift side one more from Pep Guardiola and could give their visitors an edge.

Guardiola will be without injured stars Rafinha, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mitchell Weiser, Holger Badstuber, Javi Martinez and Thiago Alcantara. It is certain to be a pieced together side but the arrival of Xabi Alonso this summer will ease the worry over midfield distribution

Manchester City (0-0-0) also have taken seven points from their opening domestic matches just like their German hosts, but City have a desire to improve in the Champions League this season following a second Premier League title in three years. If the Citizens are truly going to earn a place as part of the European elite, then they have to get off to a strong start in Munich.

City won the last meeting between the two sides last season in the Champions League and it is certain to be an entertaining match between the defending English and German Champions. Pablo Zabaleta is ruled out through suspension while Fernando and Stevan Jovetic are missing due to injury

Projected Lineups

Bayern Munich XI: Neuer: Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Bernat; Gaudino, Alonso, Alaba; Muller, Lewandowski, Gotze.

Manchester City XI: Hart: Sagna, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Toure, Fernandinho; Navas, Silva, Nasri; Aguero.

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