Key battles: Man City v Ajax

Niklas Moisander challenges Sergio Aguero for the ball. Photo: PA

Manchester City face Ajax at the Etihad Stadium in a Champions League Group D match they must win to retain hope of progress in the competition.

Here's looks at some of the game's likely key battles.


City captain Kompany has been under fire of late for a dip in his own high standards of form and, probably partnering youngster Matija Nastasic, will need to give a commanding performance. Babel, hoping to revive his career after returning to his first club, will be out to impress an English audience after his disappointing spell at Liverpool.


Playmaker Eriksen is one of the rising stars of Danish football and troubled City throughout when the sides met a fortnight ago, finding the net as he played a deep striker's role with great effect. City may need to throw caution to the wind but Barry could be required to drop anchor.


Predicting Roberto Mancini's team is never easy but Aguero, last season's top scorer, was on the bench at West Ham on Saturday, suggesting he could start against the Dutch. Finnish defender Moisander dealt well with the City attacking threat in Amsterdam and popped up to score a crucial goal.

Man City v Ajax is live on ITV1 and on Tuesday 6th November