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Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City: Predicted line-up

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Manchester City begin their 2013/14 Champions League campaign with a trip to the Czech Republic to take on Viktoria Plzen in Group D.

After resting a number of players for the 0-0 draw with Stoke City on Saturday, Manuel Pellegrini has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the European clash.

David Silva, Gael Clichy, Micah Richards and summer signing Martin Demichelis remained sidelined, bout City could be boosted by the return of captain Vincent Kompany, who hasn't featured since limping off with a groin injury suffered in the 4-0 opening day victory over Newcastle United.

"Vincent has worked with us normally for the last two days," confirmed the Chilean manager in a BBC Sport interview on Monday. "We will see if he is 100%. If he is, of course he will play.

"We will talk with the doctor and decide. I think he will be 100%, but if he is not he will not play.

"We have a very important match but we have other players if any are not 100%."

The Citizens have failed to progress beyond the group stages in each of their two seasons in the Champions League, but Pellegrini will be under pressure to juggle domestic and European commitments with his expensively-assembled squad.

With Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow completing the rest of the group, City will be expected to return home with a positive result in Prague this evening.

Manchester City predicted starting XI:

Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov; Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Jovetic, Agüero, Dzeko.

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