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Feyenoord vs Manchester City – Match Preview

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Manchester City and Feyenoord are heading towards an intense battle in the gameweek 1 of the UEFA Champions League.

Match Details:

Competition – Champions League
Date – 13th September, 2017, Wednesday(UK)
14th September, 2017, Thursday(India)
Time – 7:45 pm (UK), 12:15 am (IST)
Venue – De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands
TV Info – BT Sport(UK), Fox Sports(US), Sony Six(India), beIN Sports
Live Stream – beIn Sports Live, Fox Sports Go, Sony Liv

Preview:

Manchester City and Feyenoord are set to lock horns at the De Kuip, Rotterdam. Both Manchester City and Feyenoord need to win this match to ensure their European journey jets off in a winning note.

Pressure is high on Pep Guardiola to lead his side to Champions League glory this time after enduring a frustrating round-of-16 exit last season against Monaco. City have started this season brightly with a 2-0 win over newbies Brighton in Premier League. A draw against Everton in gameweek 2 halted their progress a little bit. But they are back in form now after edging past Bournemouth by 2-1 in gameweek 3 courtesy to a 97th minute winner by Raheem Sterling and 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool in gameweek 4.

This is Manchester City’s 6th straight Champions League presence with semi-final appearance in 2015-16 Champions League being their best performance till date.

Feyenoord, on the other hand, will step up in Champions League after 15 years, the last being in 2002/03 season. Their Eredivise triumph last season put an end to their 18 years of waiting for the league title and ensured their place in Champions League group-stage. Their home record in Champions League against English opponents goes like this : W-5, D-1, L-6. They faced Manchester United in last season’s Europa League beating them 1-0 at home but were thrashed 4-0 by the Red Devils at the Old Trafford.

Feyenoord have also started their Eredivisie season brightly picking up the pace from just where they had ended last season. They have managed to see out 4 wins out of 4 games having a goal difference of +9.

Recent form (Last 4 league matches):

Manchester City – W D W W

Feyenoord – W W W W

Team News:

Manchester City:

Probable line-up: Bravo, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Mendy, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne, Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Sterling

Formation – 4-3-3

Injuries and Suspensions: Vincent Kompany(Injured), Ederson(Injured)

Feyenoord:

Probable line-up: Jones, Diks, St. Juste, Van Der Heijden, Nelom, Ahmadi, Toornstra, Vilhena, Berghuis, Kramer, Boetius

Formation – 4-3-3

Injuries and Suspensions: Van Beek(Injured), Vermeer(Injured), Nieuwkoop(Injured), Basacikoglu(Injured-Doubtful), Jorgensen(Injured)

Head-to-head:

Manchester City and Feyenoord are yet to go head-to-head in any competitive fixture.

Prediction:

Both Feyenoord and Manchester City need to claim all the 3 points from this clash to make sure their European journey receives a flying start. Feyenoord have a good team with decent attacking frontline but Manchester City have too much quality in their ranks to pull off an easy win. I will go with 3-1 in favour of Manchester City.