Viktoria Plzen vs. Manchester City: Preview and TV schedule

Alex Livesey

Manchester City travels to the Czech Republic looking to get their Champions League campaign off to a positive start.

Manchester City's third straight Champions League campaign begins today with a new head coach and aspirations of not repeating the last two season's rather lackluster group stage performances.

Manuel Pellegrini was brought in over the summer for many reasons but his success in guiding Malaga deep into last season's tournament was undoubtedly part of the allure for City's ownership.

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After fielding a weakened side over the weekend -- a move that cost his side points -- it's clear that Pellegrini is focused on the Champions League and is treating is a priority for City. Captain and central defender Vincent Kompany has been training with the first team again as he recovers from a groin injury and could make his return on Tuesday, which would be a massive boost to City's back line with is riddled with injuries at the moment. Playmaker David Silva will miss out as he works back from a thigh injury.

For Plzen, who currently sit atop the Czech Leauge with six wins from their first eight matches, things have been made tougher by the news that their joint-top scorer from qualifying defender Marián Čišovský will be unavailable with a calf injury. Radim Řezník will undergo a late fitness test to determine if he'll be available form the bench.

Viktoria Plzen injuries and suspensions

Out: Marián Čišovský (calf). In doubt: Radim Řezník (knock).

Manchester City injuries and suspensions

Out: Martin Demichelis (knee), David Silva (thigh), Gael Clichy (knock), Micah Richards (hamstring). In doubt: Vincent Kompany (groin).

Projected lineups

Viktoria Plzen: Matúš Kozáčik; František Rajtoral, Lukáš Hejda, Václav Procházka, David Limberský; Tomáš Hořava, Pavel Horváth; Milan Petržela, Daniel Kolář, Michal Ďuriš; Tomáš Wágner.

Manchester City: Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Joleon Lescott, Matija Nastasić, Aleksandar Kolarov; Yaya Touré, Fernandinho; Jesus Navas, Sergio Agüero, Samir Nasri, Džeko

Match Date/Time: Tuesday, 8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET

Venue: Doosan Arena, Plzen, Czech Republic

TV: Fox Soccer Plus (U.S.), Sky Sports 2 (U.K.), Sportsnet World (Canada), Prima Cool TV (Czech Republic)

Online: Fox Soccer 2 Go (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.), Sportsnet World Online (Canada)

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