Manchester City expected starting XI to face Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, with Fernandinho making a welcome return for Manuel Pellegrini, but Sergio Aguero still missing through injury.
Costel Pantilimon started against Chelsea in the FA Cup clash and kept a clean sheet, but Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini can be expected to recall his first choice goalkeeper Joe Hart to face FC Barcelona.
Pablo Zabaleta has been one of the best right backs in the Premier League for the last few seasons, and will face a big task trying to keep FC Barcelona’s left winger quiet – whether Neymar, Pedro Rodriguez, Alexis Sanchez or Andres Iniesta.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will have to be at his very best organising the defence on the field against FC Barcelona, with the Catalan club’s free flowing movement in attack making runners difficult to track.
Matija Nastasic’s impressive performances at the age of 20 suggest he has a big future in the game, but there are few greater tests in football than facing FC Barcelona’s forwards, and he will have to concentrate throughout.
Although Aleksandar Kolarov has played more games for Manchester City than Gael Clichy this season, the Frenchman has started the last two, and his pace may be particularly useful against whichever of Pedro Rodriguez or Alexis Sanchez plays on his flank.