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Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund: UCL Preview, Team News, Projected Lineups

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  David Silva of Manchester City runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Manchester City at Craven Cottage on September 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIOctober 2, 2012

Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund face off on the Champions League on Wednesday in what is a must-win second game for the English side. City lost its first game to Real Madrid 3-2 while Dortmund scraped out a home win over Ajax (via ESPN Soccernet).

Both teams fell short of expectations in Europe last season but made up for it in their domestic campaigns. Being placed in the toughest group of the tournament, alongside Real Madrid and Ajax, means that one of these two teams could end up getting knocked out early again.

City's record so far this season stands at three wins, three draws and two losses compared to Dortmund's five wins, two draws and one loss. Here is the team news and projected lineups for tomorrows game.

 

Manchester City Team News

Roberto Mancini will be without the services of Jack Rodwell,  Micah Richards and Maicon for this game, but has no shortage of replacements (via PhysioRoom.com).

City has yet to record a clean sheet this season and that is a major worry against this powerful Dortmund attack. However, City is currently unbeaten in 17 home European ties.

Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1)

Hart

Zabaleta—Kompany—Lescott—Clichy

Toure—Garcia

Nasri—Aguero—Silva

Dzeko

 

Borussia Dortmund Team News

Dortmund has no injury concerns to speak of heading into this game. The side lost all its away games in the Champions League last season, including a game against English opponent Arsenal.

The club has scored 20 goals in eight games thus far while conceding seven goals at the back.

Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1)

Weidenfeller

Piszczek—Subotic—Hummels—Schmelzer

Gundogan—Kehl

Blaszczykowski—Gotze—Reus

Lewandowski

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