The Champions League quarter-finals will throw out a real heavyweight clash on Tuesday when Manchester City host Bayern Munich in the first leg of their fascinating tie.
Both began the season among the favourites to win the tournament and that has not changed, with City pushing for the Premier League title and Bayern locked in a battle for the Bundesliga crown as well.
Neither team will have planned for a quarter-final exit but one of Europe’s heaviest hitters will be forced to accept an abrupt end to their chase for the trophy that matters most to them.
Here’s all you need to know about the game.
Man City vs Bayern Munich H2H Results (Last Five Meetings)
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Man City team news
Phil Foden remains sidelined while he recovers from surgery to remove his appendix but City are otherwise at full strength, with Pep Guardiola even resting a number of his biggest names towards the end of Saturday’s win over Southampton.
Erling Haaland shook off a groin injury to net twice against the Saints and will fancy his chances of scoring against Bayern, having bagged five in seven games against the German giants.
(3-2-4-1): Ederson; Akanji, Dias, Ake; Stones, Rodri; Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Grealish; Haaland
Bayern Munich team news
Joao Cancelo is eligible to face his parent club as UEFA rules forbid clubs from inserting any such clauses into loan deals, but he may start on the bench as Dayot Upamecano’s return from domestic suspension should see Benjamin Pavard move out to right-back.
Sadio Mane, Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala all played significant minutes in the recent win over Freiburg after shaking off injuries and the trio will all expect to feature against City.
As for absentees, Manuel Neuer and Lucas Hernandez are out at the back, with forward duo Mathys Tel and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting both unavailable.
(4-2-3-1): Sommer; Pavard, Upamecano, De Ligt, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Musiala, Sane; Muller
This is a tough one. Both teams can be considered among the best in Europe and it’s likely going to take something special to separate them.
The form guide suggests City arrive at this game in better shape, with Bayern conceding goals and even coming unstuck in the recent cup game against Freiburg, and that may well provide the insight needed to predict the outcome of this one.
Expect real entertainment from two teams who don’t know how to take their foot off the gas pedal. There could be a lot of goals, but City may end up snatching the advantage ahead of the second leg.
Prediction: Man City 3-2 Bayern Munich