After scoring consecutive league wins for the first time this season, City needs just one point against Marseille on Wednesday night to claim top spot in Group C in the UEFA Champions League.
City qualified for the knockout stages of the competition when they defeated Olympiacos 1-0 last week and can now end the group stage as group leaders at home to Marseille.
After their 2-0 loss to Tottenham in November, City demolished Burnley 5-0 and followed that up with a 2-0 win over Fulham to give City consecutive league wins for the first time this season as they head into the Manchester derby on the weekend.
Lots of Work Left for City
It’s been a mightily impressive group stage for City who has yet to lose in Europe this season and have conceded just one goal, the least out of any side in the Champions League.
While City is through to the next stage, claiming top spot is important as it guarantees they will face group runners-up and will play the second leg at home which is seen as an advantage in the Champions League.
However, that’s not always the case as the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-German finished second in their group this season, City could be in danger of drawing one of those two sides.
Because of this, City can’t take their foot off the gas against Marseille in a game where City head coach Pep Guardiola said he will not rotate his squad.
“I don’t rest players. I don’t say this player doesn’t play because I’m thinking of the other games.
“I want to win tomorrow, it’s not about the match or one more day or one less day. After Thursday, Friday we start to think against [Manchester] United.
“Everyone has played a lot of minutes, like I said we will play to win the game. I don’t rotate the team, I put all the players in the best condition and decide the best team for this game. There is not one team for one competition. The last few days except two or three players everyone was involved.”
City must be on high alert as they face a Marseille side in top form. The French side is bottom of their Champions League table with four losses in five games and has scored just two goals in the entire European campaign.
They sit fourth in Ligue 1 and are four points below league leaders Paris Saint-Germain with two games in hand. They’ve won their last five in a row in the league and have lost just once this season as they look to continue their European adventure this season but in the Europa League.
I reckon Man City wins 2-0 with Riyad Mahrez on the scoresheet.
Odds on a City win open at -350. Odds on a Marseille away win open at +900. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +475.