Man City vs Dortmund: Team news, kick-off time, referee & TV info for Champions League clash

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All the latest ahead of Manchester City’s second group game of the season.

Manchester City host Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in the Champions League, when the Blues will be aiming to make it two wins from two in this season’s competition.

The Premier League champions began the new European campaign with an emphatic 4-0 win away to Sevilla last week, while Dortmund also registered a commanding 3-0 win over Copenhagen.

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Wednesday’s game will go ahead despite last weekend’s Premier League fixtures being postponed, while there remain doubts over the upcoming round of games with the Queen’s funeral scheduled for Monday 19 September.

The clash at the Etihad will also be a special occasion for Erling Haaland, who left Dortmund in the summer to sign for City.

The forward scored 86 goals in 89 appearances for the Black and Yellows and has already netted 12 for his new employers.

Haaland will face his former side on Wednesday. Credit: Getty.Haaland will face his former side on Wednesday. Credit: Getty.
Haaland will face his former side on Wednesday. Credit: Getty. | Getty Images

Haaland was in the Dortmund side the last time the two clubs met, when City eliminated the Bundesliga club 4-2 on aggregate in the 2020/21 Champions League quarter-finals, while Manuel Akanji and Ilkay Gundogan will also come up against their old club on Wednesday.

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Overall, the two teams have met four times previously, with City winning two of those encounters, drawing once and losing once.

Dortmund head into the clash at the Etihad on the back of a 3-0 thrashing from RB Leipzig on Saturday, although have won four of their six league games so far this season.

When is the game?

The match will take place on Wednesday 14 September at 8pm.

This will be the first Manchester City fixture since the Queen’s death last week. Credit: Getty.This will be the first Manchester City fixture since the Queen’s death last week. Credit: Getty.
This will be the first Manchester City fixture since the Queen’s death last week. Credit: Getty. | Getty Images

Is the match on TV?

Yes, the game will be shown live in the UK on BT Sport 2. Full TV information can be found here.

Who is the referee?

Daniele Orsato will take charge of the game. The Italian officiated last season’s Champions League semi-final second leg between City and Real Madrid, while he also oversaw the group-stage meeting between the Blues and Paris Saint-Germain in November.

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He will be assisted by Ciro Carbone and Alessandro Giallatini, with Luca Massimi set to assume the role of fourth official. Marco Di Bello and Paolo Valeri will be in charge of VAR.

What’s the latest team news?

City look set to be without Kyle Walker after the defender missed training on Tuesday, but could see the return of John Stones, who was part of the session.

Akanji could play at centre-back with Stones and Laporte out. Credit: Getty.Akanji could play at centre-back with Stones and Laporte out. Credit: Getty.
Akanji could play at centre-back with Stones and Laporte out. Credit: Getty. | Getty Images

"[They are] injured. John is not much,” Pep Guardiola said last week. “Kyle is not much too, but I don’t know if he will be ready for Saturday, or Dortmund or Wolves before the international break.”

One guaranteed absentee is Aymeric Laporte, who continues his recuperation from a knee issue, while Nathan Ake, Kalvin Phillips and Jack Grealish returned recently from respective injuries.

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Laporte retured to full training for City on Tuesday but it is highly doubtful he will be selected for Guardiola’s squad on Wednesday.

“I don’t think so [that he’ll be on the bench against Dortmund],” Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

“[His] Training session yesterday was partial, today complete. I spoke with the doctor, he needs a little more volume on his leg but in general he’s going well.”

As for the opposition, Karim Adeyemi, Thorgan Hazard and Donyell Malen missed the weekend loss to Leipzig but may be available for the trip to Manchester.

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Mahmoud Dahoud is out with a shoulder injury, while ex-West Ham United frontman Sebastien Haller is continuing his recovery from testicular cancer.

A malignant tumour was discovered in the summer and, following its surgical removal, Haller has since undergone chemotherapy.

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