Olympique de Marseille vs Manchester City Preview: Team News, Predicted Line-ups, Ones to Watch and How to Watch
Manchester City prepare for a tough trip to Marseille in the Champions League group stages | Matt McNulty/Getty Images

Manchester City kicked off this season’s Champions League campaign in style as they beat Porto 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium last Wednesday night.

Goals from Sergio Agüero, İlkay Gündoğan and Ferran Torres rocketed Pep Guardiola’s side to the top of Group C, a perfect opener for last season’s quarter-finalists.

This Tuesday evening, City will cross the English Channel and face Ligue 1s Marseille at the Stade Vélodrome.

Les Olympien’s marked their return to the competition with a 1-0 defeat to Olympiacos in Greece. Their first match among Europe’s elite since 2014 was ruined courtesy of an injury-time Ahmed Hassan winner.

Guardiola’s worst start to a domestic season as a coach could be saved by a strong Champions League run this year. Despite a hectic pile-up of fixtures, victory in the South of France could provide a huge boost in morale.

  • Team news

Both of Manchester City’s Argentine forwards are out for the trip to Marseille. Gabriel Jesus remains injured from the opening day of the Premier League season against Wolves. Talisman Agüero picked up a knock against West Ham United on the weekend.

Aymeric Laporte is expected to return to action following a spell on the sidelines, with Nathan Ake is still a "week or two" away from a return.

A strong attacking display from Phil Foden on Saturday could mean that the youngster starts against André Villas-Boas’ side. An equally impressive performance from Kevin De Bruyne against West Ham suggests that he will also feature in Guardiola’s starting 11.

It will be very interesting to see whether or not Raheem Sterling plays as a false number nine with the absence of Agüero affecting the team’s attacking prowess.

The hosts are set to welcome back Dimitri Payet after he sat out on the weekend’s league win over Lorient through suspension.

Marseille defender Boubacar Kamara looks set to return to the fold.

  • Predicted line-ups

City: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Torres, Sterling, Foden

Les Phocéens: Mandanda; Caleta-Car, Gonzalez, Balerdi; Sakai, Kamara, Rongier, Amavi; Thauvin, Benedetto, Payet

  • Ones to watch

Guardiola’s star man Foden is flying high having scored four in his last ten games. Praised by the gaffer for his “sense for goal” after scoring the winner on the weekend, the 20-year-old is flourishing as he settles further into a regular attacking role.

“I always like to get into the box and arrive there and I enjoy scoring goals, so I'll try and continue that form,” Foden said.

“It's nice to be playing as much as possible. I love this club and love playing for them.”

Marseille forward Payet will be chomping at the bit to get back onto the score sheet following suspension.

Scoring his last goal against Olympique Lyonnais at the beginning of the month, the Frenchman knows all about English football from his spell with West Ham and will be eager to write his name back onto the British back pages.

  • Head to head

This will be the first time that the two teams have faced off. They have never previously played one another before.

  • Where to watch

The game will be televised live on BT Sport in the UK - Kick-off is at 20:00pm GMT.

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