Dutch champions Feyenoord welcome Manchester City to Holland on Wednesday night as Group F kicks off in the UEFA Champions League.
Elland Road, Leeds, England 13 Sep 2017 6:45 pm (GMT)
Key Stat: Feyenoord haven't won a group stage match in the UCL since 2001.
Expert Verdict: It has been a long, long drought for Feyenoord in regards to this competition, and it will finally come to a close on Wednesday when they kick off against Manchester City. After winning their first Dutch Eredivisie title in 18 years, they have gotten back to this competition and will try to make a full fist of it. But the challenge is going to be great against Manchester City. However, there is one thing to look back on for them: last season's home win against Manchester United. Still yet, this looks to be a bridge too far for them, but it should be closer than many would assume.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst will have to make do without goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer, right back Bart Niuewkoop, center back Sven van Beek, and winger Bilal Basacikoglu due to injuries.
It's been a hot start for young Dutch winger Steven Berghuis in the Eredivisie this term. After the retirement of Dirk Kuyt, new players were needed to step up. And step up the 25 year old has done. Four goals in four matches, including two on Friday against Heracles shows he's a man in top form at the moment.
Feyenoord have started very brightly in the Eredivisie after their penalty shootout win over Vitesse in the Super Cup. They most recently thumped Willem II 5-0 and then went to Heracles to win 2-4 on Friday.
Defenders:Diks, Botteghin, van der Heijden, Nelom
Midfielders:Vilhena, El Ahmadi, Toornstra
Forwards:Berghuis, Boetius, Jorgensen
Pep Guardiola will be without center back Vincent Kompany for some time after he picked up a calf injury over the international break. Goalkeeper Ederson looks a doubt for this clash after he was taken off against Liverpool after being kicked in the face. However, he should be back before too long.
Attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been one of the driving forces behind the Citizens hot start this season. The Belgian's passing game is absolutely top notch, and it continues to show every single week. Even when he doesn't score goals, he has a big impact on matches, and there is no one on Feyenoord's squad that can deal with his threat.
City have gone unbeaten in the Premier League thus far, winning three times and drawing once. An impressive 1-1 draw at home to Everton with ten men and a 5-0 win at the weekend over Liverpool shows just how good they have been so far.
Defenders:Stones, Danilo, Otatmendi
Midfielders:Fernandinho, Walker, Silva, Mendy
Forwards:De Bruyne, Aguero, Jesus
Feyenoord will meet Manchester City for the very first time in this group stage match.
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Feyenoord are at 7/1 to win, a draw is at 7/2, and a Manchester City win is at 2/5.
Feyenoord's win over Manchester United in the Europa League last year has well and truly been forgotten by this point by the bookmakers. And rightly so. It was one win, against an average United side at the time, and it will mean very little to this City team.
City have so much quality, and are on a real high after that win against Liverpool. Even after doing so well to win the Eredivisie, you just don't see how Feyenoord have the make up to contend seriously in the Champions League. If Ajax are failing to do so regularly, they too should have big troubles.
Manchester City -2 to win is at 13/5.
Manchester City get off to a good start away from home in the group stage.