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Manchester City vs Marseille Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

James Merrills
Manchester City have already qualified for the knockout stage as group winners
Manchester City have already qualified for the knockout stage as group winners / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
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Manchester City host Marseille in their final game of the Champions League group stage on Wednesday evening with qualification to the last 16 already in the bag.

Pep Guardiola has masterminded four successive clean sheets in Europe so far this season, conceding only once in the group stage. Their performance in Europe has been their saving grace this season after a difficult start to the season domestically.

The best Marseille can hope for is a place in the Europa League after a dismal group stage, losing four out of five games and claiming only one win.

Pep Guardiola and Andre Villas-Boas meet again
Pep Guardiola and Andre Villas-Boas meet again / CHRISTOPHE SIMON/Getty Images

Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off? Wednesday 9 December
What Time Is Kick Off?
8pm (GMT)
Where Is It Played?
Etihad Stadium
TV Channel
BT Sport (UK)
Referee?
Halil Umur Meler (Turkey)


Team News

Sergio Aguero is City's only injury concern, with the striker having an injury ridden 2020/21 season so far.

Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake weren't included in the matchday squad at the weekend and could come back in, as could Fernandinho, Bernando Silva, Phil Foden. Eric Garcia could be another one who returns, though Aymeric Laporte also didn't play at the weekend and could start ahead of him.

Laporte sat out the 2-0 win against Fulham at the weekend
Laporte sat out the 2-0 win against Fulham at the weekend / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas only has Nemanja Radonjic out of action and has a full strength squad to pick from.


Predicted Lineups

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Ake, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Foden, Silva; Mahrez, Torres, Sterling.

Marseille: Mandanda; Sakai, Caleta-Car, Balerdi, Amavi; Kamara, Rongier, Cuisance; Thauvin, Benedetto, Payet.


Recent Form

Manchester City have won four out of their five previous Champions League games and have only dropped points in the 0-0 draw with Porto. They have kept four consecutive clean sheets and haven't conceded since their first game. City went two games without a win in the Premier League after a draw with Liverpool and loss to Tottenham slowed their progression up the table.

A convincing 5-0 victory over Burnley was followed by a 2-0 win over newly promoted Fulham at the weekend, putting Guardiola and his team back on track, but still some six points from top spot.

Marseille opened their group stage campaign with four successive defeats before claiming a 2-1 win against fellow strugglers Olympiacos. Porto have beaten Marseille comfortably in their two games, Olympiacos have beaten them once and City prevailed 3-0 in the first leg between the two sides.

Domestically, they're only four points off the top in Ligue 1, with two games in hand on league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester City

Manchester City 2-0 Fulham (5/12)
Porto 0-0 Manchester City (1/12)
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley (28/11)
Olympiacos 0-1 Manchester City (25/11)
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester City (21/11)

Marseille

Nimes Olympique 0-2 Marseille (4/12)
Marseille 2-1 Olympiacos (1/12)
Marseille 3-1 Nantes (28/11)
Marseille 2-0 Porto (25/11)
Strasbourg 0-1 Marseille (6/11)


Prediction

City should ease to victory
City should ease to victory / Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Even though City have already qualified, it is unrealistic for a Guardiola side to coast their way through games. We can expect to see some big names play given the squad depth City have. There should be goals!

Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Marseille

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