Napoli Vs. Manchester City, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Lineups

Lineups are out for Group A's biggest match so far: Napoli at home to Manchester City. Both teams need a win here in order to feel safe in finishing second behind Bayern Munich, so expect an aggressive approach from each side. They're fairly evenly matched - the previous encounter finished 1-1 at the Etihad Stadium - so it's too early to tell how this one will go.

Napoli are in their standard 3-4-2-1 shape with no surprises, while it looks like Roberto Mancini has gone with a 4-4-2 featuring both Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko with David Silva and James Milner playing wide. If that's true, it's an odd decision against a three-man back line, but the manager may be looking to restrict the space offered to Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik on the counterattack by deploying deeper wide players than usual.

Napoli lineup (3-4-2-1): Morgan de Sanctis; Hugo Campagnaro, Paulo Cannavaro, Salvatore Aronica; Andrea Dossena, Walter Gargano, Gokhan Inler, Christian Maggio; Ezequiel Lavezzi, Marek Hamsik; Edinson Cavani.

Manchester City lineup (4-4-2): Joe Hart; Aleksandar KolarovJoleon Lescott, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta; David Silva, Nigel de Jong, Yaya Toure, James Milner; Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli.

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