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Europa League Game Thread: Manchester City @ Red Bull Salzburg

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Red Bull Arena is the site and Red Bull Salzburg are the opponent for Manchester City's first Europa League group stage game. City are without the services of both Joleon Lescott and Emmanuel Adebayor (neither made the trip), but Wayne Bridge is set to make his season debut and Nigel de Jong is also back in the squad after the draw with Blackburn on Saturday. 

Read your match preview and discuss the game in the comments below. Here's hoping our Blues can get the European campaign off to a winning start; as they should be expected to win the tournament, even with a second string side. 

Manchester City lines up like so: 

Goal: Joe Hart

Defense: Pablo Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Vincent Kompany, Wayne Bridge

Midfield: Nigel de Jong, Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure, David Silva

Forward(s): Carlos Tevez, Jo

Substitutes: Shay Given, Micah Richards, Dedryck Boyata, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Patrick Vieira, James Milner, and Adam Johnson.