How Man City could line up against Club Brugge

Indeed, with City currently lying in third position and a point behind both the Belgians and group leaders Paris Saint-Germain, Pep Guardiola’s side are under a relative amount of pressure even at this early stage.

Given the difference in resources available to both clubs, the Premier League champions are likely to be favourites, although Brugge have proven impressive thus far. Joint-top of the Jupiler Pro League after 11 games, they’re unbeaten in Europe, having drawn with PSG and beaten RB Leipzig.

While City’s loss in the French capital last month might have flattered the home side, it does make the trip to Belgium interesting. A loss here and a win for PSG could see the Manchester giants fall four points behind the leaders which, when the groups were drawn, would have seemed hugely unlikely for last year’s beaten finalists.

John Stones made his return to club action in Saturday’s win over Burnley and could well start alongside Ruben Dias in the heart of defence.

The England international, along with Oleksandr Zinchenko, is available in a big boost to Guardiola’s hopes of keeping the pace at the top of the group.

Manchester City predicted XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Jesus, Grealish, Foden.

Tuesday 19th October 5:45pm BST.

Venue Jan Breydel Stadium

Manchester City squad from: Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Zack Steffen, Aymeric Laporte, Rodrigo, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, Joao Cancelo, Ederson, Scott Carson, Phil Foden, Cole Palmer

Injured: Ferran Torres (foot)

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