Match Preview

Champions League
Champions League
Wednesday 25 November 2020
Kickoff at 17:55 GMT
Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
No live TV coverage
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Everything you need to know ahead of our trip to the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakisto in Piraeus to take on Olympiakos.

team news

City make five changes for the clash with Olympiakos.

John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, Benjamin Mendy and Raheem Sterling all return to the starting XI.

Making way are Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker (both rested), plus Ferran Torres, Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte.

Fernandinho makes a welcome return on the subs' bench, with Sterling taking on the skipper's armband.

Teams

City: Ederson, Cancelo, Mendy, Stones, Dias, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Foden, Bernardo, Jesus, Sterling (c)

Subs: Steffen, Carson, Aguero, Zinchenko, Laporte, Torres, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Garcia, Nmecha, Doyle, Palmer

POSSIBLE FORMATION

Expect 4-3-3 formation with Cancelo at right-back and Mendy on the left.

Stones partners Ruben Dias in central defence, with Rodrigo anchoring the midfield trio alongside Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden.

Bernardo is likely to join Jesus and Sterling in attack - though Foden may take one of the front three berths if Bernardo is handed a more central role in midfield.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Man City return to Champions League action and will seek to make it four wins out of four in Group C when we travel to Greece to lock horns with Greek champions Olympiakos on Wednesday, 25 November at 5.55pm (UK).

follow Olympiakos v City LIVE UPDATES

In the UK, the game is available to watch on BT Sport, while fans living overseas should check out our global TV Listings (at the foot of this article), which will give you all the information you need wherever you are.

You can also follow all the action as it unfolds courtesy of our Matchday Centre here on ManCity.com and on Twitter: @ManCity.

We will have live radio commentary on CITY+, with former midfielder Michael Brown co-commentating alongside Alistair Mann.

If you’re looking for more City focused coverage, then our We’re Not Really Here matchday show makes for essential viewing - tune in an hour ahead of kick-off via our Matchday Centre.

A full match replay will also be available to watch on CITY+ from midnight.

MATCHDAY CENTRE: LIVE UPDATES

Fans will be able to follow the game live on our Matchday Centre.

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injury news

Man City's injury situation is improving, with Pep Guardiola confirming that Nathan Ake is the only player unavailable for the trip to Greece.

The Dutchman remains sidelined with the injury he picked up on international duty, but Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy are fit and ready to return after a month-long absence.

PEP PREVIEW

"It's [to win] important for the qualification. To win games is important. As we can give this competition until February and focus on other competitions, especially Premier League.

"But at the same time, UCL we know how difficult it is. One step at a time. Try to get through tomorrow and qualify, but at the same time recover, come back with good feelings that we can create chances and score goals."

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opposition view

Olympiakos manager Pedro Martins: "We have absences, but we have options and good players, and we want to repeat what we did in the second half at City. I do not think many teams have done that.

"We want to play with soul, with courage and make a game of it. City will always be title contenders, but we have quality. We have coped with difficult games and that is what we intend to do: continue to fight."

WATCH: Guardiola determined to find goals solution

LAST MEETING

City secured a 3-0 victory over Olympiakos in our last Champions League outing at the Etihad Stadium three weeks ago.

Ferran Torres opened the scoring for City with an early strike with further goals arriving after the break from substitute Gabriel Jesus and Joao Cancelo.

FORM GUIDE

Pep Guardiola’s men will go into the game seeking to bounce back after last Saturday’s frustrating 2-0 Premier League reverse away to Tottenham Hotspur.

It was only our second loss of the season and came despite City enjoying the majority of possession, territory and chances.

Olympiakos meanwhile secured a 1-0 win over fierce rivals Panathinaikos in the Athens derby on Saturday, Kostas Fortounis scoring the all-important goal on 21 minutes.

Last result

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Man City
3
Olympiakos
0
WATCH: City 3-0 Olympiakos: Short highlights

WE’RE NOT REALLY HERE SHOW

As ever, We’re Not Really Here, our regular matchday show, will provide the perfect City focused perspective to your pre-match build-up and begins one hour before kick-off at 16.55pm (UK).

Paul Dickov and Richard Dunne are this week's guests and you can tune in on all of our official digital platforms.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant referees: Filippo Meli (ITA), Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Video Assistant Referee: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Fourth official: Paolo Valeri (ITA)

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Viewers in the UK can watch the game live on BT Sport.

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