Date: 15th September 2015 at 11:06am
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Manchester City face last year’s runners up and Italian champions Juventus at the Etihad Stadium in their opening Champions League Group D match.

Sergio Aguero will miss the match for the hosts after picking up a knee injury in Saturday’s 1-0 win away to Crystal Palace, meaning Wilfried Bony is likely to start up front for the Citizens.

Fortunately, the team in light blue have some positive team news as winger Raheem Sterling and David Silva are both available.

29 August 2015 Premier League Football - Manchester City v Watford;  David Silva of City. Photo: Mark Leech

David Silva is fit

City come into match in superb form having won their first five league matches, without conceding a goal.

The latest win came at Selhurst Park after teenager Kelechi Iheanacho scored a 90th-minute winner having come off the bench.

On the other hand, their visitors, who were defeated 3-1 by Barcelona in May’s final, have made a poor start to this season, only picking up one point from a possible nine and lie just outside the relegation zone.

Despite that, City have not really made an impact on Europe’s elite to date and have never made it past the last 16 stage in the Champions League, losing to holders Barcelona over two legs in the last two seasons.


Juventus, however, have won the competition twice, the last of those victories coming in 1996.

Last season’s Premier League runners up will also be boosted by the fact that their opponents have not won in England since beating City’s local rivals Manchester United 1-0 in the 1996/97 group stage, including a 1-1 draw at Eastlands in the 2010/11 Europa League.

League Position: Man City – 1st 15pts; Juventus – 16th, 1pt
Last Meeting: Juventus 1-1 Man City – December 16, 2010 (Europa League)
Form: Man City – WWWWW; Juventus – LLD
Key Men: Man City – Yaya Toure; Juventus – Paul Pogba
Shoot Says: Manchester City 3-1 Juventus

 
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