Manchester City FC will look to put behind them a sobering home defeat by FC Bayern München when they make their first trip to Russia to take on PFC CSKA Moskva.
• City's 3-1 reverse against Bayern suggested that they might be battling Leonid Slutski's CSKA for second place in Group D given that the two sides sit level on three points apiece, having each beaten FC Viktoria Plzeň but lost to the reigning champions.
• CSKA welcome City to Moscow having beaten Plzeň 3-2 on matchday two at St Petersburg's Stadion Petrovski owing to bad weather conditions in the Russian capital. If they are to build on that previous 'home' win, they must improve on their recent European record at the Arena Khimki, where they lost to AIK in last term's UEFA Europa League play-offs and took just three points in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• City lost five out of six away games in their previous two UEFA Champions League campaigns but made a winning start on their travels this time, 3-0 at Plzeň.
• CSKA's last encounter with English opponents came against Manchester United FC in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League group stage. Then, as now, it was on matchdays three and four, with CSKA losing 1-0 at home on 21 October 2009 but earning a 3-3 away draw a fortnight later in a match where they led 3-1 – Alan Dzagoev, Miloš Krasić and Vasili Berezutski scoring – entering the last six minutes. The point gained did eventually help them progress in second place behind United.
• Igor Akinfeev, Aleksei Berezutski, Vasili Berezutski, Sergei Ignashevich, Georgi Schennikov, Elvir Rahimić and Dzagoev featured in CSKA's last home victory over Premier League opposition – a 2-0 success against Aston Villa FC which completed a 3-1 aggregate win in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 32.
• CSKA's overall home record against English sides is W2 L2. City have never faced any Russian team before, home or away.
• The Russian club lost the 2005 UEFA Super Cup 3-1 to Liverpool FC in Monaco.
• As coach of Villarreal CF in 2007/08, Manuel Pellegrini was eliminated in the UEFA Cup round of 32 by FC Zenit, losing 1-0 in St Petersburg prior to a 2-1 second-leg home win.
• Álvaro Negredo and Jesús Navas were in the Sevilla FC side beaten by CSKA in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League round of 16. Negredo struck the opening goal in a 1-1 first-leg draw at Luzhniki Stadium but CSKA prevailed 2-1 in Spain.
• Another City striker, Edin Džeko, also hit the opener for his team, VfL Wolfsburg, in a 2-1 defeat at CSKA in the group stage that same season.
• Fernandinho faced CSKA in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 16, playing in a 1-0 first leg defeat in Moscow but then scoring a penalty as Shakhtar turned the tables with a 2-0 triumph in Ukraine.
• Gaël Clichy appeared as a substitute in Arsenal FC's 1-0 loss at CSKA in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group stage and played the full 90 minutes of the teams' scoreless draw in London. In the same section, Vincent Kompany appeared in Hamburger SV's 1-0 reverse at CSKA.
• Samir Nasri appeared as a substitute in the Olympique de Marseille side that won 2-1 at CSKA in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage. Akinfeev, Ignashevich, the Berezutski brothers and Rahimić were all playing for CSKA.
• David Silva scored past Akinfeev in Spain's 3-0 success against a Russia side also including Ignashevich and Vasili Berezutski in the UEFA EURO 2008 semi-finals.
• Ignashevich and the Berezutski brothers helped Russia beat Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards' England 2-1 in a UEFA EURO 2008 qualifier in Moscow in October 2007.
• Mark González played for Liverpool FC in a 0-0 draw at City in 2006/07.
• Sergio Agüero scored twice in Club Atlético de Madrid's 3-3 draw at FC Lokomotiv Moskva in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup group stage. He also scored in Moscow when Argentina won 3-2 there in an August 2009 friendly.
• Zoran Tošić and Stevan Jovetić were team-mates at FK Partizan in 2007/08. Tošić later made five substitute appearances during a short stay at City's neighbours United.
• Tošić is an international team-mate of Aleksandar Kolarov and Matija Nastasić with Serbia, as are Seydou Doumbia and Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast), and Rahimić and Džeko (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
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