Man City will be hoping to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time, as the Premier League side make the trip to Dynamo Kiev as favourites to progress.
Despite just one point from two games against fellow Last 16 side Juventus in the group stages, Man City finished top of group D to avoid a European Heavyweight clash and are favourites to reach the last eight.
Dynamo Kiev should not be under-estimated though with the Ukrainian side making it to the Europa League final last season and did beat former Champions League winners Porto to advance as runners-up from group G.
While Dynamo Kiev gaffer Serhiy Rebrov acknowledged that Man City are a very strong team, he hopes his side can target the English sides weaknesses as they aim to pull off a shock.
“City have some weaknesses and we’ve explained them to the players. I hope they will use that knowledge,” said the former striker.
“We have analysed their strengths and weaknesses and we know how powerful their attack is, with the likes of Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Sergio Agüero – who is worth half of their team right now. With Vincent Kompany back, the defence has become much tougher.”
“City have scored more than any other team in the Premier League [alongside Leicester] and their recent defeats mean nothing. Their squad, even without all the injury absentees, includes many top players. In fact, all their players are world class”
Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini defended his selection after Man City were dumped out of the FA Cup at the weekend as he focuses on finally helping Man City past the last 16 stage.
“We won our group in the Champions League and we’ll try to go as far as we can,” said the departing Argentine.
“We had to make a difficult decision about the FA Cup game against Chelsea. We had only 13 first-team players available and we could not afford to lose more, so we had to sacrifice one of the tournaments. But now we have the intention to continue in all competitions.
“I’m not thinking about the future, only about this match. The most important thing for me is our performance here. I want my players show all they can. We understand it’s only the first game but we need to be at our best to make our task easier for the second leg.”
Winger Andriy Yarmolenko (knee) is the main cause of concern for Dynamo Kiev ahead of the visit of Man City, while midfielder Serhiy Sydorchuk and goalkeeper Oleksandr Rybka are also doubtful to feature.
The Ukrainian Champions are definitely without defender Mykola Morozyuk who has a knee injury, while defender Vitorino Antunes is suspended.
Man City will recall several first-team players for the trip to Ukraine after a young Man City side were thrashed 5-1 by Chelsea in the FA Cup, and among them is defender Eliaquim Mangala, who returns after a hamstring injury.
Right-back Bacary Sagna will face a late fitness test on a knee problem, but midfield quartet Kevin de Bruyne (knee), Jesus Navas, Samir Nasri (both (hamstring) and Fabian Delph (calf) as well as striker Wilfried Bony (calf) all miss out through injury.