MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Micah Richards starts tonight for Manchester City in their Champions League Group D matchup with Bayern Munich at Etihad Stadium.
Watch Live Streaming Manchester City v Bayern Munich – Live on FoxSoccer2Go
Richards, who has recovered fully from injuries has been given the nod to start because of his ability to balance his side in both attack and defense, starts alongside Gael Clichy Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic on the backline.
The on form Yaya Toure forms a powerhouse midfield setup that also includes Fernandinho, Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri, while Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko lead the attack, as Manuel Pellegrini makes four changes to the side that was beaten by Aston Villa in the EPL at the weekend.
David Silva starts on the bench, along with Alvaro Negredo.
Bayern Munich, meanwhile, have not named a recognized striker in their starting lineup, but Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry, Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos, who are all capable of scoring goals, start the game.
Mario Mandžukić surprisingly starts on the bench, so too does Xherdan Shaqiri and Mario Götze.
Manchester City v Bayern Munich
Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Clichy, Nastasić, Nasri, Jesús Navas, Fernandinho, Y. Touré, Džeko, Agüero.
Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Milner, Javi García, Silva, Negredo.
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Dante, Rafinha, Boateng, Lahm, Ribéry, Robben, T. Müller, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Kroos.
Subs: Starke, Van Buyten, Kirchhoff, Contento, Shaqiri, Götze, Mandžukić.