Preview: Manchester City vs Marseille 
(Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

The Away Side:

It's been a successful Ligue 1 campaign so far for Andre Villas-Boas this season with his side not losing since the 17th of September in the league.

It has not gone so well in the Champions League though with the French side winning only once in their five games in the competition so far.

Marseille winger Florian Thauvin is fit to take on City, Thauvin is actually third in the list of all time top scorers for the club so will look to add to his tally tomorrow evening.

Marseille come into this game on the back of a convincing win on Friday night away at bottom half side Nimes, Marseille come into this game on the back of three straight wins.  

The Selection Process 

Despite Pep assuring the press in his pre match presser 'There is not one team for one competition and one for another' although that has been said it is rumoured American international Zak Steffen is set to make his UEFA Champions League Debut.

Sergio Aguero is also set to make an appearance on the bench after some weeks out with a knee injury.

There is an interesting dilemma at centre half too. John Stones recent form has seen Aymeric Laporte pushed out of the starting eleven and, with the small matter of a Manchester derby on Saturday evening, you feel whoever starts tonight is likely to miss out.

Kyle Walker missed out completely in Saturday's victory over Fulham, so he is likely to start on the right side of defence. 

The Previous Meeting:

This is only the second time Manchester City will meet Marseille in a competitive fixture with their previous meeting coming in the return leg in the group which ended in a convincing win at the Orange Velodrome stadium in late October.

It was a great night for Feran Torres and IIkay Gundogan as they scored their second consecutive goals in the competition, both netting in Cities first Champions League game of the season against Porto at the Etihad Stadium.

 Marseille have faced English opposition 25 times since 1976 and have only won on eight occasions, a stat Pep Guardiola would be keen to keep at bay.

 

 

 

 

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