Manchester City - Juventus preview: Impressive Citizens host out-of-form Juve
Picture source: Cammy Anderson (VAVEL) - Can the hosts take all three points against tough opposition tomorrow?

With the UEFA Champions League group stages getting underway this week, Manchester City have a tough test on their hands - as they host Italian giants Juventus in the opening fixture from Group D

The Citizens boast a perfect record in the English top fight, so will undoubtedly be the slight favourites to prevail over the 90 minutes amongst bookies and supporters alike. Having said that though, Juve will not be an easy task to deal with.

Juve will be a tough, welcome test for City

Last year's Champions League runners-up come into the game off the back of some disappointing league form, having picked up only one point from a possible nine in the Serie A to date. They find themselves in 16th place and being back amongst Europe's elite may come as a welcome distraction for The Old Lady - especially as they are so eager to do well in the competition. 

With a notorious history of under-performing on the big stage, City will obviously have to be weary in order to avoid being exposed on the counter-attack; something that Juve love to utilise at speed, as well as robust, no-nonsense tackling. 

Intensity from the start, team news

You'd expect the game to be very cagey in the early exchanges, as either side will be trying to suss one another out. Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, the latter of which is a doubt to start, could prove themselves as very important players within the game for the hosts - as they'll look to stamp their authority on the game and create chances at will.

With the news that Sergio Agüero's injury is not as bad as first feared but he'll not feature tomorrow, it'll be intriguing to see how City line up. David Silva meanwhile, should be fit to start - as he was pulled out of the matchday squad as a precautionary measure after an ankle knock prior to their trip down to south London for the Crystal Palace game. 

For the visitors, Juventus' central midfielder Claudio Marchisio has been ruled out of the fixture with a thigh injury that'll sideline him for at least a month, if not more. Although it's unfortunate for the Bianconeri, that's a boost for City in itself. The 29-year-old is a known dictator of play from the centre of the park, his range of passing is impressive to say the least, and he also boasts an eye for goal; all qualities that Juve will miss from a key man in Manchester.

One of the club's summer signings, in Paulo Dybala, will have a huge opportunity to make a name for himself. The talented Argentine, who flourished in attack for Palermo before earning his switch to the league champions, has already netted for his new employers and you'd expect him to be hoping for an impressive display against a City team yet to concede a goal this term. 

We'll have all of the post-match coverage, reports, news and views as the opening fixtures of the new Champions League campaign get underway tomorrow. Manchester City - Juventus, with kick-off scheduled for a 7.45pm start UK time - you will not want to miss any of the action! 

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