Manchester City face Atalanta at home in their third Champions League group game of the season on Tuesday evening, with eyes firmly on getting the job done as early as possible and securing top spot.
Meanwhile, the visitors to the Etihad will be looking to avoid a hammer blow to their knock-out round qualification hopes just three games into the group stage.
When and where?
Manchester City face Atalanta at the Etihad Stadium on the 22nd October, 8pm kick off.
How can I watch?
The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 at 8pm, alternatively you can also listen to it on BBC Radio Manchester or buy tickets on the club website.
Manchester City go into this game with a near perfect record in Europe so far, with two wins out of two in the groups and clean sheets in both games.
The same cannot be said for Atalanta, having suffered two losses from their opening two fixtures and sitting bottom of the pile in Group C.
However, when it comes to domestic form, both teams sit on a level playing field – with the Nerazzuri winning five out of their opening seven games in the league, losing just once back in early September and scoring the most league goals so far.
City on the other hand, have a near identical record – only difference being Pep Guardiola’s side have lost one more game.
Injuries and Suspensions
Manchester City – A staple of City’s season so far has been that daunting injury list, with both Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte out for the foreseeable future, whilst Sergio Aguero’s fitness seems to be up in the air – with the Argentine unable to train due to an unknown problem.
Luckily, supporters may see the return of Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones and Benjamin Mendy for the clash after returning to training this week.
Atalanta – A huge plus for the blues, in-form striker Duvan Zapata will be injured for their Champions League bout after picking up a knock on international duty with Colombia.
Apart from that hammer blow, the Italian side travel to Manchester with a fully fit squad.
Manchester City – According to Oddschecker, City are by far the overwhelming favourites for this contest, with most outlets providing 1/6 Champions League odds or lower for the blues to win inside 90 minutes.
Draw – If you fancy both teams to share the spoils, the overwhelming consensus in the marketplace is 13/2 on a score draw.
Atalanta – Despite both teams possessing similar league form, most betting outlets have put this down at 14/1 on the Italians coming away from the Etihad victorious.
Manchester City – Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Fernandinho, Angelino; Gundogan, Rodrigo, Silva; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.
Atalanta – Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Masiello; Hateboer, de Roon, Pasalic, Castagne; Gómez, Ilicic, Muriel.