MANCHESTER, Sporting Alert – Premier League sides Manchester United and Manchester City will both be in action in the Champions League on Wednesday.
EPL leaders Manchester City will be hoping to carry over their domestic form into Europe when they take on Sevilla in Group D action at Etihad Stadium.
The Citizens are sitting third in the group behind Juventus and Sevilla, but a win on Wednesday would see them moving into one of the qualifying spots.
Early team reports suggested that captain and leading defender Vincent Kompany is fit for the clash after overcoming a calf injury.
Fellow defender and left-back Aleksandar Kolarov is also available after he recovered from a hamstring problem.
Sergio Augero, David Silva and Fabian Delph are among those still out, while midfield player Samir Nasri is unlikely to feature as he has a slight hamstring injury.
Manchester City have wobbled somewhat at home in the Champions League, and manager Manuel Pellegrini hopes to fix this bad run.
“I don’t know the exact statistics but we must improve [our home form in the UEFA Champions League]. We are just thinking about this game, not the past,” he said at his press conference.
“I hope we are just thinking about the game tomorrow. All the other things are statistics or history that will not help us to win or lose.”
Manchester United, in the meantime, head to Arena Khimki to take on CSKA Moscow in Group B.
The Red Devils dropped its opener in the Champions League to PSV before bouncing back with a victory at home against Wolfsburg.
Louis van Gaal’s men are currently sitting second in the group and will be hoping to keep tabs on those around them.
In other Champions League games on Wednesday, Real Madrid travel to Paris to take on Paris St Germain, Juventus entertain Borussia Monchengladbach, Wolfsburg meet PSV, while Atletico Madrid play hosts to Astana.
Complete Champions League Fixtures
Wednesday, October 21.
Times 1:45 (CT)
Malmo FF v Shakhtar Donetsk
Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid
CSKA v Manchester United
Wolfsburg v PSV
Atletico Madrid v Astana
Galatasaray – : – Benfica
Juventus v Borussia Monchengladbach
Manchester City v Sevilla