While qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League is unlikely, Manchester City can give themselves a fighting chance by beating fancied Bayern Munich. If not, they would be set for an early exit.
They could even be out before this game begins, as a win for either CSKA Moscow or Roma when they meet in the early kick-off certain to be enough to eliminate Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
The last group game against CSKA Moscow was the game that mattered, but an inexplicably poor performance lacking fluency, discipline and genuine quality handed the Russian side the victory, leaving City needing to win their final two Group E fixtures, which could hardly be tougher, with Roma at the Stadio Olimpico to come on match day six.
The pressure will be on to finally gain a first win in Europe this season for the Premier League champions, but they do at least come into this having won at the weekend, fighting back impressively from going behind early to register a 2-1 victory over Swansea City, a game which saw Yaya Toure back among the goals.
That said, winning this game is a tough ask based on recent form, with Bayern having dominated the group scoring goal after goal, while the Bundesliga looks set to continue being the perennial one-horse race with Josep Guardiola leading the club to nine wins and three draws, enough to leave them seven points clear after 12 matches.
To make things even more difficult for City, they will be without Fernandinho and Toure due to suspension, while Edin Dzeko, David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov are all injured.
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