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Manchester City v Bayern Munich - Team Sheet prediction

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Manchester City host European champions Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium tonight as they battle for top spot in Group D. 

City move into tonight's clash having lost 3-2 to Aston Villa in the league on Saturday - in a match that star striker Sergio Aguero was unavailable for.

The Argentinian forward was rested due to suffering a slight knock - but has now returned to training and looks set to take his place in the City front-line.

The Premier League side are also boosted by the return of Spanish attacking-midfielder David Silva. The former Valencia star has been out for a month after suffering a thigh injury whilst on international duty.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini does however face a couple of tough decisions in regards to what direction to go with his team selection tonight.

Forwards Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko have all been in scoring form.

Negredo scored in City's 2-0 win over Hull two weeks ago whilst Jovetic got his first two goals for the club during their 5-0 Capital Cup win over Championship side Wigan Athletic. Dzeko is the more recent scorer - after netting in the weekend defeat to Villa.

With only one space available alongside Aguero, it will be a tough choice for the boss.

The City defence could also be set for changes from the weekend after conceding three goals. Full-backs Gael Clichy and Micah Richards are both pushing for starting births with Joleon Lescott hoping his experience is preferred to that of the young Mateja Nastasic.

Bayern have had injury problems of their own recently but have still been able to get the results they need. Spanish starlet Thiago Alcantara is ruled out after suffering ligament damage last month.

They have a wealth of depth in the midfield area with Mario Gotze, Xherdan Shaqiri and Toni Kroos all having to settle for a place on the bench in the weekend win over Wolfsburg. One of the trio is likely to start tonight.

Here is how the sides are predicted to line-up: 

Manchester City: Hart, Clichy, Kompany, Nastasic, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Yaya Touré, David Silva, Jesus Navas, Sergio Aguero, Dzeko.

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Rafinha, Gotze, Schweinsteiger, Ribery, Muller, Robben, Mandzukic.

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