Manchester City – Feyenoord (Champions League)
After one more victory on the weekend, Manchester City will now be in action on Tuesday against Feyenoord, at Etihad Stadium, for the 5th round of Group F of the Champions League. The team led by Pep Guardiola remains undefeated so far this season and not only are isolated leaders of this Group F, but also of the Premier League, with a 8 points advantage from 2nd place. Feyenoord, on their turn, are far below from what they showed last season, being yet to get their first point in the Champions League.
Manchester City are leading this Group F with 12 points, result of 4 wins, with 12 goals scored and 3 goals conceded. Since the start of the season that the Citizens have been showing a fantastic momentum, and even after 18 competitive games played in all competitions they still remain undefeated, failing to win just twice, in 2nd round of the Premier League and in the EFL Cup. Manchester City are already qualified to the next stage of the Champions League, and now only need to assure they qualify as group leaders, and a victory here should be enough.
On Saturday, the Citizens traveled to Leicester City’s home where they got more 3 points, a victory that kept them at the top of the table with 8 points clear from 2nd placed Manchester United. Pep Guardiola’s is getting his team to play a very appealing football, it is a team that gives pleasure to watch playing for the offensive football their practice, and it is no surprise to say that City, at the moment, are one of the strongest contenders to win the Premier League and to reach a Champions League final.
In the only 2 games played at home for the Champions League, the english side has won both, scoring 4 goals and conceding only 1, while in the Premier League they have played 6 home matches, winning 5 and drawing the other one, with 24 goals scored and only 4 conceded. Pep Guardiola’s men adopt a possession football strategy and always try to control the game in the opposition’s half and to impose their own playing rhythm. Besides this and their appealable football playing style, City are a true devastating force in what attacking is concerned, they are always very dangerous in attacking down the wings, set-pieces or in creating scoring chances through individual skills, with Sané, Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, among others, being players that can create several imbalances per game.
In their last 5 official matches, Manchester City has a record of 4 victories and 1 draw. This sequence of results started with a 0-0 draw against Wolverhampton, for the EFL Cup. This result was followed by a 2-3 win against West Bromwich, a 2-4 victory over Napoli, for the Champions League, a 3-1 win over Arsenal, and in their last match, a 0-2 win against Leicester city. John Stones and Mendy are both out due to injuries.
Probable Lineup: Ederson – Delph, Otamendi, Mangala and Danilo – Touré – Bernardo Silva, Bruyne, Gundogan and Sané – Aguero.
Feyenoord, on their turn, are at the bottom of Group F with zero points, result of 4 defeats, with 3 goals scored and 12 goals conceded. This is the first time Feyenoord reached a Champions League group stage since 2002/03. However, with 4 defeats in the 4 matches played until now, the dutch are showing signs of who will not even get a place in the Europa League, presenting a very disappointing moment that in no way is comparable to what they showed last season. The current Eredisivie title-holder is not even being able to defend the title, taking a disappointing 7th place in the league table, 14 points behind leader PSV.
Feyenoord have been defeated in their 2 away games in the Champions League, scoring 2 goals and conceding 6 in the process, while in the 6 away matches played for the Eredivisie they have only been defeated once, winning 3, with 12 goals scored and 6 goals conceded. Since October 14 the Dutch have only won 1 match, having played 8, with that single victory to be for the Dutch Cup, against an amateur team.
In their last 5 official matches, Feyenoord has a record of 1 victory, 3 draws and 1 defeat. This sequence of results started with a 4-1 win against AVV Swift, for the Dutch Cup. This result was followed by a 1-1 draw against Roda, a 3-1 defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk, for the Champions League, a 2-2 draw against ADO Den Haag, and in their last match, a 1-1 draw against VVV-Venlo. Karim El Ahmadi, suspended, van Beek, der Heijden and Botteghin, all injured, are out for this tie.
Probable Lineup: ones – Nieuwkoop. Tapia, Juste and Haps – Amrabat, Toornstra and Vilhena – Berghuis, Jorgensen and Boetius.
Manchester City have won their only direct clash.
Although with the qualification already secured, Manchester City will seek to guarantee they qualify as group leaders. Against a unorganized team, and with obvious defensive difficulties in the Champions League, the Citizens should have no difficulty in getting another expressive victory here.