Manchester City travel to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday as they look to finally kick start their campaign, having secured only one point from their first two games.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 5pm BST. Live coverage will be available on Sky Sports 5 and Sky Sports 5 HD.
CSKA Moscow come into the game having failed to secure a single point thus far from their previous encounters in the Champions League.
However, their recent form has been top notch, putting six past Kuban Krasnadar in their local league on Saturday. This is the second time they will face the English giants in consecutive seasons having suffered a 2-1 defeat at home and a 5-2 thrashing on the road last time around.
Meanwhile, Manchester City will be looking to put their campaign back on track after losing 1-0 away to Bayern Munich and holding Italian giants Roma to a 1-1 draw at home in their last game. The reigning English Champions have failed to make it out of the first knockout stage in each of their previous attempts and a win here is mandatory if they have to rival Bayern and Roma for the second spot to make their way out of the group.
The Citizens are in prime form, thrashing Tottenham 4-1 in their last league game, with Sergio Aguero ostensibly back to his best. Joe Hart saved a penalty and played an important part in keeping Spurs afar, which should be a heartening sight for Manuel Pellegrini.
What Managers Say
Leonid Viktorovich Slutsky: "Manchester City were and currently are clear favourites not only of our group but the Champions League in general. The fact that they haven't won any group matches so far means nothing as in the English Premier League they perform really well."
Manuel Pellegrini: "It will be different [in an empty stadium]. I understand that Uefa has reason but an empty stadium is not the best for both teams. always think in a positive way [though]. I am sure it's a very important game but the pressure I feel is not an external pressure from the owners or the fans or the media. The best way to work is to feel you have pressure in every game. I trust a lot that we are going to qualify. If we win our next four games, maybe we can be first [in Group E] but the most important thing is to qualify."
- Manchester City win: 6/11
- Draw: 13/4
- CSKA Moscow Win: 27/5
- Last Five (most recent first): W L W W W
- Last Result: CSKA Moscow 6-0 Kuban Krasnodar
- Last Five (most recent first): W W D W W
- Last Result: Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- Injured: N/A
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: Dzagoev, Wernbloom
Possible XI: Akinfeev; Schennikov, Ignashevich, Berezutski, Fernandes; Natcho, Eremenko, Milanov, Tosic, Musa; Doumbia
- Injured: Lampard (thigh)
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: N/A
Possible XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Clichy; Milner, Fernando, Toure, Milner; Aguero, Dzeko