Neither Vincent Kompany nor Martin Demichelis have travelled to Russia for this Champions League encounter, leaving Manuel Pellegrini with a choice between Javi Garcia and Joleon Lescott to partner Matija Nastasic at centre-back. The thought of the Spaniard in that role in a crucial match isn’t exactly a convincing one and it would be a harsh slur on Lescott if he were to miss out. Pablo Zabaleta is expected to replace Micah Richards at right-back with Aleks Kolarov coming into the side in place of Gael Clichy on the left.
After sitting out the victory over West Ham, Jesus Navas is a contender to start, while James Milner is also a possibility in this potentially demanding away fixture. Edin Dzeko was bafflingly favoured ahead of Alvaro Negredo against Bayern Munich on the last matchday in this competition but with the Spaniard forming such an effective partnership with Sergio Aguero, it would be madness to introduce the Bosnian at this stage.
Here is the side Pellegrini could select:
Referee: Oviliu Alin Hategan (Romania)
Prediction: CSKA Moscow 0 – 2 MAN CITY – The home side have struggled of late and we just seem to be clicking at the right time. Should we cope with what is bound to be an intimidating atmosphere, our quality should shine. Goals to be scored by Sergio Aguero and Yaya Touré.