Man City should clinch their first Champions League victory at the Etihad tomorrow evening
City will be eager to get their Champions League campaign on track by sweeping past CSKA Moscow on Wednesday and securing their first win in the competition.
The reigning Premier League champions have failed to inspire in Europe’s flagship competition with a mere two points from their opening three outings and nothing less than a win will be enough at the Etihad tomorrow evening.
CSKA Moscow are sitting firmly at the bottom of the group table, so a win is essential for both sides, defeat effectively sealing an early exit from the competition.
City can consider themselves unfortunate not to have sealed the points in the reverse fixture, CSKA clawing their way back from 2-0 down in Moscow to hold City to a 2-2 draw at the final whistle in front of an empty stadium.
As well as securing a home win on Wednesday, City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping that Bayern Munich can continue their excellent form with another win against second placed side Roma in the remaining Group E match.
City are struggling to emulate their hugely impressive form of last season in the Premier League lately, however their narrow 1-0 derby win against arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday will have instilled some much needed confidence in the side ahead of this crucial match.
The home side will be without the services of David Silva, the star midfielder absent with a knee injury and Samir Nasri will make an appearance on the left flank. Eliaquim Mangala is also a doubt for this clash, however Martin Demichelis will make a start alongside Vincent Kompany in the centre back position.
CSKA have recorded no wins in any of their five previous visits to England and we are confident that this winless run will continue on Wednesday. City will provide the Russian sided with extremely tough opposition and City look set to clinch their first win in the competition, however CSKA will be confident of getting on the goal-sheet with City conceding in all their Champions League matches to date this term.
Sergio Aguero has hit the back of the net 12 times this season and can be backed with confidence to score his 13th in this match, William Hill offering 3/1 for him to break the deadlock.
Live coverage on Sky Sports 5 at 7:45pm, Wednesday 5th November
Our betting tips
First Goalscorer, Sergio Aguero – William Hill 3/1
Both teams to score – Coral 10/11