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Manchester City vs FC Copenhagen: Preview, expected line-ups, how to watch and prediction

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The State of Play

Manchester City are trying to achieve a historic ‘double treble’ as they remain firmly involved in the Premier League title race after a Manchester derby victory on Sunday. City were 1-0 down after an incredible Marcus Rashford strike early on but a Phil Foden brace in the second-half was then followed by a late Erling Haaland clincher to ensure all three points in the derby, once again, for Pep Guardiola’s side.

FC Copenhagen come into this one on the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Midtjylland in their most recent outing in the Danish Superliga at the weekend with goals coming from Mads Bech Sorensen and Dario Osorio in that match. That was their fourth defeat in their last six matches in all competitions and they have fallen to third behind the aforementioned Midtjylland as well as Brondby in the Superliga table.

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Team News

Manchester City are without England international attacker Jack Grealish and Pep Guardiola has not yet given a timescale for his return. They have no other known availability concerns, though.

FC Copenhagen were without Lukas Lerager in the first-leg of this one as he was suspended but he is now unavailable due to injury. They are also without the likes of Theo Sander, Davit Khocholava and key man Viktor Claesson due to injuries.

Expected Line-ups

Manchester City: Ederson; Lewis, Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol; Kovacic, Rodri; Silva, Alvarez, Doku; Haaland

FC Copenhagen: Grabara; Jelert, Vavro, McKenna, Meling; Hojlund, Falk, Mattsson; Elyounoussi, Cornelius, Achouri

What they Said

Pep Guardiola heaped the praise on his star Englishman after his brace against United at the weekend, stating that Phil Foden is ‘the best player in the Premier League right now’.

Jacob Neestrup said that ‘it was pure survival’ after the first-leg of this clash and described the absent Lerager as his team’s ‘backbone’ so that is clearly another major blow.

When and How to Watch

This match will be played at the Etihad Stadium at 20:00 on Wednesday March 6th and it will be shown live on TNT Sports in the UK. It will also be able to be streamed live via the TNT Sports app.

Prediction

The first-leg of this one at the Parken Stadium saw Manchester City shake off FC Copenhagen with goals from Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden after Matthias Mattsson had equalised for the Danish champions following Kevin De Bruyne’s opener. City have perhaps not been as fluent as they would like in the last few months but their defeat of rivals United at the weekend mean they are now unbeaten in their last 19 matches across all competitions. It is a case of how many City will win by on Wednesday, rather than if they will win.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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