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Amsterdam Arena (ATT 45,743) 24th October 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Oddvar Moen

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N Moisander (57)
C Eriksen (68)

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All to play for in Amsterdam

By Tim Oscroft.   Last Updated: 24/10/12 11:58am

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The pressure is on Roberto Mancini to deliver in Europe

The pressure is on Roberto Mancini to deliver in Europe

There will be tension in the air at the Amsterdam Arena when Ajax and Manchester City look to grab a Champions League lifeline after their poor starts to the campaign.

Opta fact box

  • Ajax have lost three and won none of their last four home games against English opponents in Europe.
  • Manchester City have lost four and won one of their five away games in the European Cup/Champions League.
  • Manchester City have allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team in the Champions League - 22.

City were minutes away from a famous win in the Bernabeu before Real Madrid hit back to take all three points, but the Blues looked distinctly second-best against Borussia Dortmund on their own turf.

Mario Balotelli's late penalty and a goalkeeping masterclass from Joe Hart salvaged what could turn out to be a crucial point going into their-back-to-back fixtures with the side propping up Group D.

Ajax's narrow defeat in Dortmund was followed by a heavy loss at home to Real, meaning they must go for the jugular against a defence that has had its problems throughout the season so far.

City do not seem to have a problem scoring with whatever combination Roberto Mancini selects in attack. Edin Dzeko is in good form and should have done enough to warrant a start, but Mancini must weigh up the merits of who to pick from Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Balotelli.

David Silva's absence with a hamstring problem means City may lack a little artistry, but nevertheless they will be looking for a maximum return from the next two games with the daunting prospects of Real at home and Dortmund away to follow.

The Champions League was the next stage of the Manchester City "project" once the Premier League was secured, and defeat in the Netherlands would deal a serious blow to their European ambitions.

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Coach Frank de Boer has several injuries to contend with ahead of this crucial game.

Nicolai Boilesen, Kolbeinn Sigthórsson, Thulani Serero, Davy Klaassen and Jody Lukoki are all unlikely to feature.

Ajax go into the match on the back of a draw in their last outing, having thrown away a winning position against Heracles to concede two late goals that saw the game end 3-3.

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Maicon, Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell and David Silva have not travelled to Amsterdam due to varying injuries.

Silva was said to be poised to return, but the mercurial midfielder is having treatment on his injured hamstring in Spain.

Roberto Mancini may opt to partner Vincent Kompany with Micah Richards in central defence, with Pablo Zabaleta at right-back.

Previous game's starting line-ups

4-4-2
  • Cillessen 22 Cillessen
  • Riedewald 12 Riedewald
  • Moisander 4 Moisander
  • van Rhijn 2 van Rhijn
  • Veltman 3 Veltman
  • Serero 25 Serero
  • Andersen 16 Andersen

  • Klaassen 10 Klaassen
  • Schone 20 Schone
  • Kishna 11 Kishna

  • Milik 19 Milik

Team taken from Ajax vs Excelsior (Dutch Eredivisie) on Sunday 21st December 2014

4-2-3-1
  • Hart 1 Hart
  • Zabaleta 5 Zabaleta
  • Demichelis 26 Demichelis
  • Mangala 20 Mangala
  • Kolarov 11 Kolarov
  • Toure Y 42 Toure Y
  • Fernandinho 25 Fernandinho
  • Navas 15 Navas
  • Silva 21 Silva

  • Nasri 8 Nasri

  • Milner 7 Milner

Team taken from Manchester City vs Crystal Palace (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 20th December 2014


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Tables

UEFA Champions League Group A

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 6 13
2 Juventus 6 10
3 Olympiakos FC 6 9
4 Malmo FF 6 3

UEFA Champions League Group B

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 6 18
2 Basel 6 7
3 Liverpool 6 5
4 Ludogorets 6 4

UEFA Champions League Group C

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Monaco 6 11
2 Bayer Leverkusen 6 10
3 Zenit St. Petersburg 6 7
4 Benfica 6 5

UEFA Champions League Group D

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Borussia Dortmund 6 13
2 Arsenal 6 13
3 Anderlecht 6 6
4 Galatasaray 6 1

UEFA Champions League Group E

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 6 15
2 Manchester City 6 8
3 Roma 6 5
4 CSKA Moscow 6 5

UEFA Champions League Group F

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 6 15
2 Paris St Germain 6 13
3 Ajax 6 5
4 Apoel Nicosia 6 1

UEFA Champions League Group G

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 6 14
2 Schalke 6 8
3 Sporting Lisbon 6 7
4 Maribor 6 3

UEFA Champions League Group H

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 FC Porto 6 14
2 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 9
3 Athletic Bilbao 6 7
4 BATE Borisov 6 3

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