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Manchester City XI vs Shakhtar Donetsk

After a rocketing start to the season, Manchester City take on Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk in their second game of the Champions League group stage.

Shakhtar are the first team to head to the Etihad in the Champions League and City will be confident at home after two 5-0 wins over Liverpool and Crystal Palace.

Shaktar are also undefeated so far in the Ukrainian Premier League plus a win over Napoli in first CL game puts them in good position for tonight but City are a force to be reckoned with 27 goals in all competitions.

Starting XI

So, what can we expect from the top of the table team.

Ilkay Gundogan, Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy are all unavailable for tonight clash through injury.

However the team expected to play is still extremely strong.

Ederson Moraes  

After his clash with Sadio Mane, City fans were worried as to how long it would take Ederson to return but he bounced back in the next game against Bournmouth.

He’s been outstanding, keeping a clean sheet in the last four games and only two goals conceded in the league.

There was no real danger from Feyenoord but Shakhtar could prove differently, Midfielder Marlos has 5 goals in 11 appearances and striker Facudo Ferreyra has 5 goals in 12 apps.

Nicolas Otamendi

The partnership of Otamendi and Stones was one worried about by most City fans, especially with Kompany’s unfortunate injury.

However I’ll give Otamendi credit where it’s due, the majority of his tackles have been clean and his pass accuracy has become much better since the end of the last campaign.

I still believe him and Kompany form a stronger barrier but without Vincent, Stones has been a reliable replacement.

John Stones

Like Otamendi, Johns had critics, especially last season but he does seem to be up.

Against Crystal Palace he made some excellent tackles to stop Benteke and Loftus Cheek from advancing, I have high hopes for him tonight.

Let’s not forget the two goals he scored against Feyenoord earlier this month which has helped City’s goal difference for the group stages.

Kyle Walker

After a shaky first home game which ended in a red card it’s been nothing but entertaining football from Kyle Walker.

His immense strength and fluidity on the ball is just amazing to watch, he’s perfect in a wing back role, he has the pace and the talent to make the ball land just where he wants.

As his natural role is right back he works very well with Leroy Sane when he sits on the right wing linking up to set an assist or an attack himself.

If Guardiola sticks with the past few games formation then look out for Walker on the Wing.

Danilo

One of my favourite signings of the window had to be Danilo. Coming from Real Madrid for around £26 million seems like a bargain for City.

Many believed he was a last minute replacement for Dani Alves but if  he was a fantastic choice.

Similar to Walker he is brilliant as a wing back, he’s reliable when City have three at the back and when he plays left back as well.

Shakhtar’s defence will need pace and skill to stop Danilo crossing vital balls to Aguero and/or Jesus.

David Silva

Merlin as I like to call him, even though his haircuts got worse his football certainly hasn’t.

He will more than certainly cause trouble for Shakhtar tonight with his quick and intellectual football.

He’s racked up 6 assists already this season but no goals as of yet.

Silva has created the most chances for City so far this season with Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero close behind.

Kevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne has had a solid start to the campaign and could too cause Shakhtar problems at the back.

He’s not afraid to run back and help defend an attack, he’ll run wherever he believes he’s needed.

If Shakhtar step off the gas then De Bruyne and his team mates won’t hesitate to advance.

In a recent article Kevin said ‘ I get more joy from an assist sometimes, it’s just how I feel’ and with Silva on 6 assists and De Bruyne only on 3, he’ll be doing his best to equal his team mate.

Leroy Sane

An inSané start to the season for Leroy with 3 goals and 2 assists in the Premier League plus two in the League cup last week.

His name couldn’t ring any louder around the Etihad Stadium and I have no doubt it shall do the same this evening.

It could be his time to shine on the Champions League stage and increase his goal tally across all competitions.

Raheem Sterling

Sterling is definitely trying to defy the critics this year and he is doing so to an extent.

Yes, he’s scored 5 goals in five appearances but for me he just isn’t on the same football playing level as Sane, De Bruyne and Silva.

His touch certainly has improved on last season and if he’s in the right place then Shakhtar could pay the price.

However his passing and capability to keep hold of the ball just isn’t good enough, he seems to let the ball fall too far in front of him which could let City down massively.

Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero

Aguero is leading goal scorer so far this season and has helped City to the top of the Premier League.

He could prove vital for City in the Champions League with 6 years of experience, he’s able to work a back line like no other.

Ivan Ordets and Yaroslav Rakitskyy could have a tough job of keeping Aguero and potentially Jesus at bay and after a good start against Napoli they’ll be wanting to capitalise on tonight’s chance to go top of the group.

Gabriel Jesus

Jesus has scored 4 in 5 games in the League just 1 behind Sterling and 2 behind Aguero, he’s had a great start to the season giving him lots of confidence heading into the game.

He scored in the first game against Feyernoord and will be wanting to add to his tally against Shakhtar.

His quick pace and teamwork with Aguero should bring some more interesting and exciting football to the Etihad and the Champions League.

 

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History in the making? Vicarage Road could see Hornets go top

Watford face fellow unbeaten side Manchester City, who could bring the first real challenge for Marco Silva’s side.

Portuguese born Silva could lead Watford to top of the table, for the 2nd time in Watford’s existence but insists the fixture is ‘just another game’.

Last time Watford hit the top of English football was September of 1982 when Survivor were No.1 with Eye of the Tiger and Luther Blissett ended the campaign top scorer with 27 goals.

Manchester City have started the campaign strong with three wins and one draw, scoring 10 and conceding just 2 goals.

They come off the back of a 4-0 win against Feyenoord in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

City are still without skipper Vincent Kompany due to a calf injury sustained on international duty with Belgium.

Yaya Touré has been rumoured with fitness issues, while Raheem Sterling is available after his one match suspension.

The Hornets are without Miguel Britos’ due to suspension, Kiko Femenia and Younes Kaboul both picked up knocks against Southampton at the weekend, Craig Cathcart out with a knee injury along with Roberto Pereyra (groin), Sebastian Prodl (hamstring) and Dja Djedje with a knock.

The last two games have seen City score 7 compared to Watford’s 2 however, Watford only sit two points behind the Blues but the likes of Jesus and Agüero will prove difficult for Kabasele and Mariappa.

Last season Manchester City triumphed both meetings with Hornets, winning 2-0 in December and 5-0 in May.

After replacing Mike Phelan in January of this year, Silva’s Hull were fairly consistent beating Bournemouth 3-1 and drawing 0-0 with Manchester United.

However Silva departed and has had a strong start with Watford with 8 points claimed and no losses so far.

Guardiola has also had a solid start with Manchester City, level at the top with Manchester United on 10 points and still unbeaten, looking for another 3 points to take them above their Manchester rivals who play on Sunday at 4pm.

 

Can an English team win The Champions League this season?

After Manchester United won The Europa league last season and they failed to finish inside the top four it confirmed that English football would have no less than five representatives in this seasons Champions League. No English club has won the competition since Chelsea in 2012 but since then English teams have struggled to make it into the latter rounds of the competition. It’s got us thinking that with the money being spent in The Premier League at the moment can an English team win The Champions League this season?

 

Yesterday we got a good sign of that with both Chelsea and Manchester United clocking up big wins on their opening games against FK Qarabag and FC Basel respectively. With Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool all in the mix swell surely we have got a decent chance of getting a winner or atlas someone going far?

 

So who has the best chance? For me it has to be Manchester City. You look at their squad and just think that if they don’t win something this year something just isn’t right. Their depth and options is outstanding with them being able to play in so many different ways. City have struggled in The Champions League in recent years but I am backing them to do really well this season.

 

Both Manchester United and Chelsea will also be confident of going the extra mile and the only reason that they aren’t my pick is that either team has the squad depth of City. Chelsea, if they can keep their main stars fit, will be a cracking team to watch and I can see them going far. Manchester United are the same case really and if they can handle the competition well with their league campaign it could be a memorable season for the Old Trafford faithful.

 

Both Tottenham and Liverpool will be hoping to get into the latter rounds and there is no reason why they can’t. Tottenham have a delightfully talented XI but the squad has little depth and if Harry Kane or Dele Alli pick up an injury it could be tough for the North London side. Also they struggled to play at Wembley last season and with them being there again this season it surely puts doubts in peoples minds about their chances.

 

Five times Champions League winners Liverpool have the same problems as Tottenham with their squad depth and time will tell if they can get Coutinho motivated to produce the performances that they need. But Liverpool love a european night and Jurgen Klopp is the man that can get the performances to propel the Merseyside club towards the final in Ukraine.

 

In summary I feel we have a great chance of seeing an English team lift the cup come May and it will be great to see some all English games in the latter rounds which we haven’t had for a while.

 

Do you think an english team can win the Champions League? Let us know in the comments section below…

 

Match Preview: Feyenoord VS Manchester City

Manchester City kick off their Champions League campaign tonight with a tricky away trip to Dutch champions Feyenoord. Guardiola will be going into this seasons instalment of the competition thinking his side can definitely top group F. The blues have been drawn in a group with tonight’s opponents Feyenoord, Napoli and Shakhtar Donetsk. Along with the group and the amount that City have spent surely Guardiola will be looking at winning The Champions League this season?

 

Tonight will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides and Guardiola will be wary of the potential banana skin that awaits them. Feyenoord have started well this season. They lead the Eredivisie, with four wins from four games, and appear to be buoyed by their glorious title win in May, their first since 1999.

It’s certainly a match between two in-form sides.

 

City could remarkably have Ederson in net tonight in Holland even after the Brazilian required eight stitches after a collision with Sadio Mane in the 5-0 win against Liverpool. Guardiola will also have Raheem Sterling back after his recent suspension but skipper Vincent Kompany will be out although he is nearly back to full fitness. For Feyenoord Nicolai Jørgensen will miss out after only lasting 22 minutes in Feyenoord’s 4-2 win away to Heracles at the weekend. Michiel Kramer is set to play up front in his absence.

 

Guardiola may look to deploy the deadly duo of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus as they look to carry on from their brilliant display against Liverpool. City didn’t win a single game away from home in The Champions League last season and that is a record that the club will want to put right and I question whether the Dutch champions will be able to withstand the pressure that City will be applying.

 

For me I’m feeling a big win for City to follow on from the results posted by both Manchester United and Chelsea yesterday. My prediction is 4-0 to Manchester City.

 

How do you feel the game will go tonight? Can City win The Champions League? Let  us know in the comments section below…

Should Leicester City sign this free agent?

Leicester City have made a poor start to the current 2017/18 Premier League season having won just one of their opening three games with the other two coming in as losses.

 

With this in mind and the fact that the transfer window has slammed shut should Craig Shakespeare go after a free agent to bolster the defence of his squad?

 

The free agent that Leicester could make a move for is Bacary Sagna who is the versatile right-back that Leicester could be looking at adding to the squad. Sagna will bring with him a wealth of experience at the top of the game having played for Arsenal, Manchester City and he also made 65 appearances for the France senior team.

 

Sagna is available to join another club outside the transfer window as he is a free agent after leaving City earlier this summer and he is set to be one of the most in-demand free agents on the market.

 

The 34-year-old spent three seasons at City after joining from Arsenal on a free transfer, making 85 appearances in all competitions for the Etihad club during his time there.

 

The right-back started 17 Premier League games last season, but his contract at the Etihad was not extended when it expired in June with City bringing in two new right-backs in Kyle Walker and Danilo.

 

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare is keen to bring in cover and competition for regular right-back Danny Simpson, and Sagna would fit the bill as he would have no problem settling in having spent the last 10 years playing in the Premier League.

 

Do you think Bacary Sagna would be a good addition to the Leicester City team? Let us know in the comments section below.