Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will look to continue the momentum from his side’s demolition of Liverpool at the weekend when they travel to Holland for their Champions League clash.
The Blues will face Dutch champions Feyenoord in their opening European tie of the season, no doubt looking to get three points on the board away from home to kick-start their silverware push.
Whilst it will be the first time that the two sides have ever met in European competition, the clash will also represent Feyenoord’s first taste of Champions League football since the 2001-02 campaign.
The hosts have started the new Eredivisie season in fine fashion as they look to defend their title, winning their opening four matches and scoring 12 goals in the process as they currently sit in first.
Whilst they haven’t come across the path of any top teams just yet, they’ve convincingly found their way past the likes of Willem II in a 5-0 win before beating Heracles 4-2 away from home on Saturday.
Manchester City, on the other hand, secured their first win of the season over a top-six rival in the thrashing of Liverpool at the weekend, taking them level with rivals Manchester United in first place.
Victories against Brighton & Hove Albion and Bournemouth, allied with a battling draw against Everton whilst playing with ten-men, have ensured a strong start in the Premier League.
For the hosts the big news is that Eredivisie’s top-scorer from last season Nicolai Jorgensen, who scored 21 times in 32 appearances, is ruled out of contention after suffering from a hamstring injury.
Guardiola will have a late decision to make on Ederson Moraes following his coming together with Sadio Mane at the weekend, with Claudio Bravo waiting in the wings if he isn’t deemed ready for it.
Captain Vincent Kompany is in a race against time to be fit after picking up a calf injury on international duty, so Danilo could be drafted in a back-three against after impressing on Saturday.
Match Prediction: Feyenoord 0-2 Manchester City
Manchester City would have no doubt breathed a huge sigh of relief when the draw for the Champions League group stages was made, and Feyenoord shouldn’t prove too tough a test.
But they can’t go into the match underestimating their opponents as the Dutch side have previous against English sides, beating Manchester United 1-0 at home in the Europa League just last season.
Guardiola will no doubt set his side out to get the victory above anything else, so don’t expect the usual expansive football full of flair, but it should turn out to be a comfortable evening’s work in Holland.