Missing stars could mean City and Juve have to settle for share of the spoils
Given their patchy record in the competition, it’s not ideal that Manchester City have to start their new Champions League campaign without last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner Sergio Aguero.
The Argentinian striker has a knee injury so will miss out against the Serie A champions Juventus at the Etihad Stadium, though City manager Manuel Pellegrini is expecting Raheem Sterling and David Silva to be fit for a game which could have a significant bearing on who wins Group D.
City will also be without Pablo Zabaleta and Fabian Delph against Juve and Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored their last winner at Crystal Palace on Saturday, is ineligible as he wasn’t named in his team’s initial 25-man Champions League squad.
Pellegrini’s team may be sweeping all before them in the Premier League this season but their record in this competition has left much to be desired, even though success in Europe is what City’s mega-rich owners crave most.
Massimiliano Allegri also has injury problems of his own as Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio is rated very doubtful for the trip to the Etihad and German international Sami Khadira still hasn’t played since his big-money move from Real Madrid in the summer. Paul Pogba, strongly linked with a move to Manchester City in the transfer window, will play however.
Juve haven’t won a Champions League match in England in almost 20 years but they are usually tough to beat on the road and City will have to be patient. Two games between the teams in the Europa League in 2010 ended 1-1 and we have priced up that result at 51/10 in our Correct Score market. Neither side will want to lose their opening group game and the draw is available at 13/5 in our Full Time Result betting.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, September 15th at the Etihad Stadium
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