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CSKA Moscow vs Man City – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

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Date: Wednesday, October 23 Venue: Arena Khimki, Moscow Kick-Off: 17:00 BST

Can Manchester City get their Champions League campaign back up and running with victory over CSKA Moscow in this afternoon’s early kick-off in Group D?

Team News

CSKA Moscow are set to play former Manchester United man Zoran To i for Manchester City’s visit to Russia in Group D.

Igor Akinfeev will replace Sergey Chepchugov in goal, while Keisuke Honda will once again continue his role in midfield.

Manchester City will be without captain Vincent Kompany, who is still sidelined with a thigh injury.

That means one of either Joleon Lescott or Javi Garcia will partner Matija Nastasic at centre-back.

Midfielder Jack Rodwell, who has been suffering from a hamstring problem, has not travelled to the Russian capital.


Key Stats

CSKA Moscow have failed to score in four of their six Champions League games against English sides. Their only win against English opposition came in October 2006 against Arsenal.

Manchester City have won four of their 14 Champions League games (four draws, six defeats) and only one of their last eight (v Viktoria Plzen).

Manchester City have lost five of their seven away games in the Champions League (two wins).

CSKA have won three of their last 12 Champions League games (three draws, six defeats).


Likely Line-Ups

CSKA Moscow
Akinfeev, Berezoutski, Ignashevitch, Berezoutski, Nababkin, Honda, Wernbloom, Milanov, Zuber, Tosic, Musa

Man City
Hart, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Lescott, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Aguero, Silva, Negredo

Match Preview

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Manchester City travel to Russia for their next Champions League game in Group D and know they can not afford another defeat if they are to qualify for the knock-out stages for the first time.

The 2011-12 Premier League champions were humbled 3-1 by defending European champions Bayern Munich in their last game and need three points here to consolidate second place.

Opponents CSKA are level with the Citizens on three points and with Bayern playing pointless Viktoria Plzen, both sides will know three points is crucial for their qualification hopes.

Not only will City be playing a difficult-to-beat CSKA side that includes Keisuke Honda and former Manchester United man Zoran To i , but they will also have to cope with awful pitch conditions.

The Arena Khimki is in a poor state – having taken heavy rain for the past month, CSKA have not played a game there since August 30.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini condemned the state of the pitch earlier this week, and it will be interesting to see how his side cope with the adverse conditions.

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Everton Transfer News: James McCarthy, Gareth Barry & Lukaku In

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Everton look to be the busiest of the Premier League clubs in the final minutes of the transfer window, as they look to tie up deals for three new signings.

According to reports coming from Sky Sports News, the Merseyside club are set to sign Manchester City’s England midfielder Gareth Barry, as the player has reportedly turned up at the club’s training ground.

And the club are also now finally coming close to a deal for Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, after Dave Whelan finally announced himself happy with the terms offered from the Toffees. The club will now thrash out terms for the player, ahead of unveiling the player after the deadline of 11pm passes.

The fee that Sky Sports are talking about is 13million, and the only sticking point is how the payment is broken down.

And finally, Sky Sports say that Everton have moved back into poll position to sign Chelsea’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. All three would be significant boosts for Roberto Martinez, who still faces the possibility of life without Marouane Fellaini, with Manchester United likely to unveil the signing of the Belgian.

Are you happy with this potential business on Merseyside? Share your opinions below.

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Man City: Why Javi Garcia Isn’t Suitable At Centre Back

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Manuel Pellegrini deployed Javi Garcia at centre back for the majority of Manchester City’s pre-season, and it’s safe to say the Spaniard was rather underwhelming in his new found defensive role. Despite the early warnings, Pellegrini opted to play Garcia along side Joleon Lescott away at Cardiff on Sunday, despite having a bright, up and coming centre back in Dedryck Boyata available.

Having watch the majority of City’s pre-season fixtures, I feared the worst for the Blues when I saw the Lescott and Garcia pairing in the starting line up. Ever since Garcia signed for City from Benfica, he has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League in his preferred central midfield position. So placing him at centre-back, somewhere he has very rarely played in the past, in a league where he has struggled to adapt in the first place was tactical suicide from Manuel Pellegrini.

So why isn’t Garcia suitable? For me, a strong central defensive partnership in the Premier League consists of strength, pace, and experience. That’s why, in my view, Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott complement each other perfectly. Kompany has all three attributes that I feel are necessary in a central defensive partnership; strength, pace, and experience. Lescott lacks pace, but is very strong and has years of Premier League experience under his belt.

Garcia has come into a new league with a completely different style of football, and has struggled to make an impact. He lacks Premier League experience, with just a handful of starts to his name. He’s also extremely slow both on the ball and off it, and for a man of his size, he’s weak when challenging for the ball. Alongside Lescott, City’s defence has no pace, and during their enounter with Cardiff you could see the pair struggling to keep up with the likes of Fraser Campbell and Craig Bellamy.

At set pieces during that game, City’s defensive organisation was shambolic and it ended up costing them the game. Javi Garcia isn’t used to playing at centre-back and isn’t used to having such a predominant defensive role during set pieces. It’s impossible to say whether City would’ve been more organised at the back if Boyata or even Nastasic (who was among the subs) would’ve been paired with Lescott, but I definitely feel an out-and-out centre back would have been more suitable for the Citizens on Sunday.

It will be interesting to see whether Pellegrini sticks with Lescott & Garcia at centre-back next weekend as they host Hull. The fact Matija Nastasic was among the subs indicates he may be returning to full fitness, and could start next week. If that is the case, I’m sure Nastasic’s return will be greeted with relief by City fans!

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