posted at 21:00
Author Name: Tom Williams
Manchester City on brink ahead of Bayern test
City's dismal 2-1 loss at home to CSKA Moscow in their previous outing left them bottom of Group E with only two points and they will be knocked out if they fail to beat Bayern and there is a winner in the Russian champions' home game with Roma. Manuel Pellegrini's side can draw some solace from the fact that Bayern, who shaded September's reverse fixture 1-0 thanks to a last-minute goal by former City player Jerome Boateng, are already guaranteed to qualify as group winners. Although City came from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, midfielder Samir Nasri knows that Pep Guardiola's ruthless Bayern side will be a very different proposition. "Now is our chance. We have to take it and play with nothing to lose. We can take a lot, but a game against Bayern Munich will not be the same as a game against Swansea." Bayern have gone 18 games without defeat since losing to Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup on August 13, winning all four of their games to date in the Champions League. Schweinsteiger's return will help to ease Bayern's problems in midfield, particularly in light of the fractured ankle that is expected to keep Lahm out for three months. Captain Vincent Kompany made his return from a calf complaint against Swansea, but Spanish playmaker David Silva is not expected to feature after missing City's last four games with a knee problem. The English champions have won only two of their last nine Champions League home matches, while Bayern have lost just one of their last 13 away games in the competition.

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