Sky Sports pundit states his prediction for Dinamo Zagreb v Man City
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas is backing Man City to beat Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Wednesday night
Charlie Nicholas is backing Manchester City to draw with Dinamo Zagreb in their final Champions League group-stage fixture on Wednesday night.
The defending Premier League champions will be eager to build some momentum following a 2-1 loss to Manchester United at the derby at The Etihad last weekend.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the opening 30 minutes left Manchester City with a mountain to climb as the Citizens lost their second league game in five outings.
Pep Guardiola’s side are in third place in the Premier League table and 14 points adrift of runaway leaders Liverpool FC after 16 games.
The Champions League could represent Guardiola’s best hope of securing silverware at the Eastlands outfit in his fourth season at the club.
Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas is backing Manchester City to draw 1-1 with Dinamo Zagreb in their final Champions League group-stage fixture.
“Iimagine Pep Guardiola will make a lot of changes,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“The job is done. He will still be quite angry at some of the players – they have looked uninspiring. Kevin De Bruyne is carrying them on his own at times, while John Stones was dealt with another injury.
“They should be more than good enough to win but I think Manchester City are having a reality check at the moment. Is this really the competition they have to win? The answer is yes. Take a score draw, get home and wait for the draw.”
Manchester City scored 13 goals in successive victories over Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta in their opening three games.
However, the Citizens have drawn 1-1 in their last two Champions League fixtures against Shakhtar Donetsk and Atalanta.
Manchester City have an impressive goal-scoring record in the competition, finding the net 26 times in their last nine fixtures.
The Citizens have reached the round of 16 in seven successive campaigns.