Man City begin their Champions League title defence at home against Serbian giants Crvena Zvezda tonight. Pep Guardiola’s side finally achieved European glory after so many years of frustration last season, setting the seal on a famous treble as Rodri’s goal saw off Inter Milan in June’s final in Istanbul.
Many are tipping City to become the first team since Real Madrid in 2017 and 2018 to win back-to-back titles in Europe’s premier club competition, no easy feat but one made initially easier by a gentle-looking Group G on paper that also includes RB Leipzig and Young Boys. They are already looking in ominous form having won five from five to kick off their Premier League defence, coming from behind to take West Ham’s unbeaten record on Saturday with Guardiola returning to the dugout after back surgery.
City will be expected to comfortably now see off a Red Star team – famous winners in 1991 – that won the Serbian SuperLiga last term but currently sit third after seven matches of the new campaign and have lost two of their last three. Follow Manchester City vs Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League live below!
Man City vs Red Star Belgrade prediction
Manchester City could not have wished for a kinder start to their title defence and this should be an opportunity for the lesser-used players to come in and impress.
Man City to win, 5-0.
Red Star Belgrade team news
The odds are firmly stacked against Red Star Belgrade tonight in what is their first ever competitive meeting with Manchester City.
However, Israeli boss Barak Bakhar – hired from Maccabi Haifa to succeed Milos Milojevic in May – does at least have no known injury worries to contend with for the most difficult of opening Group G assignments at the Etihad.
Red Star’s current squad includes the likes of former Leicester loanee Aleksandar Dragovic.
Man City team news
Manchester City’s 100 per cent start to the new season has certainly not been without its key setbacks on the injury front.
Kevin De Bruyne could miss the rest of the calendar year with a hamstring injury, while Pep Guardiola is also without the services of John Stones, Mateo Kovacic and Jack Grealish tonight.
Nathan Ake could return in defence, though, after coming on as a late substitute in the 3-1 comeback win at West Ham on Saturday.
Where to watch Man City vs Red Star Belgrade
TV channel: In the UK, tonight’s game will be televised live on TNT Sports 2, with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the TNT Sports app and website.
Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s second LIVE coverage of the new Champions League campaign.
Tonight we are focused on events at the Etihad Stadium, where Manchester City begin their title defence at home to Red Star Belgrade – AKA Crvena Zvezda – in Group G.
Kick-off tonight is at 8pm BST, so stay tuned for all the latest match build-up, breaking team news and live updates from Europe’s biggest club competition.