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Manchester City target five in a row against Feyenoord

Four wins from four in Group F have taken Manchester City through to the last 16 with two games to spare – and another victory against Feyenoord could seal first place.

Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola ©AFP/Getty Images

Four wins from four have taken Manchester City FC into the UEFA Champions League round of 16 with two games to spare, with Group F's bottom club Feyenoord the latest team to try to interrupt their progress.

• Josep Guardiola's side got off the mark with a 4-0 victory in Rotterdam on matchday one and have 12 points out of 12, three more than FC Shakhtar Donetsk. City will clinch first place if they win and Shakhtar do not away to SSC Napoli, who are third on three points, or if City draw and Shakhtar lose.

• Point-less Feyenoord are unable to finish in the top two and will be confirmed in fourth if they draw and Napoli win or if Feyenoord lose and Napoli avoid defeat.

Match background

Manchester City
• City, who had never played Feyenoord before matchday one, have won two of their previous three home games against Dutch clubs, drawing the other – although they conceded two goals in each match.

• The Citizens' first two such engagements were both 3-2 UEFA Cup victories against FC Twente, in the 1978/79 first round second leg (4-3 on aggregate) and the 2008/09 group stage. Most recently, City were held 2-2 by AFC Ajax in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage. 

• City are unbeaten in their last 12 home fixtures in the UEFA Champions League (W9 D3), qualifying included, since a 2-1 Juventus reversal on matchday one in 2015/16. The Juve loss was their fourth in six matches at the City of Manchester Stadium, with just one win in that run. This season they have beaten Shakhtar (2-0) and Napoli (2-1) in Manchester.

• Josep Guardiola's men took seven points at home in last season's group stage, beating VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach (4-0) and FC Barcelona (3-1) before a 1-1 draw with Celtic FC.

• Third in last season's Premier League, City are making a seventh straight UEFA Champions League appearance – they have now progressed to the round of 16 for five campaigns in a row.

• Last term, Guardiola's team came second in their section and lost on away goals to AS Monaco FC in the last 16 (5-3 home, 1-3 away).

• Feyenoord's record in England is W2 D3 L5. They have lost on three of their last four visits, most recently a 4-0 reverse at City's local rivals Manchester United FC in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• After Feyenoord lost 3-1 at Napoli and 3-1 at Shakhtar in this season's group stage, the Dutch club's 3-0 victory at R. Standard de Liège in the UEFA Europa League group stage on 12 December 2014 remains their only win in their last 17 European away games (D3 L13).

• Feyenoord's last away victory in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, was a 1-0 triumph at Newcastle United FC on 24 September 2002, their last UEFA Champions League game in England. They have since lost all six away games in the competition, qualifiers included.

• Having lifted a first Eredivisie title in 18 years last season, Feyenoord are in the last 32 of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2002/03, when they were eliminated in the first group stage.

• The Rotterdammers lost in the third qualifying round in both 2012/13 (to FC Dynamo Kyiv) and 2014/15 (to Beşiktaş JK).

Coach and player links
• Feyenoord coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst was an Arsenal FC player between 2001 and 2003; he played 90 minutes of the 5-1 Premier League win at City on 22 February 2003.

• Have played in England:
Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa FC, 2012–14)
Brad Jones (Middlesbrough FC 2001–10, Liverpool FC 2010–15)
Steven Berghuis (Watford FC 2015/16)

• El Ahmadi scored one of his three Premier League goals for Villa in a 3-2 home victory over City on 28 September 2013.

Match facts

Manchester City
• Kevin De Bruyne is a booking away from a ban.

• Guardiola's side have won 16 of their 18 fixtures this season, drawing the other two.

• City are 24 games unbeaten in all competitions (W20 D4) since the 2-1 loss to Arsenal FC in the FA Cup semi-finals on 23 April.

• Sergio Agüero's goal at Napoli on matchday four saw him surpass Eric Brook (177 goals) as City's all-time leading scorer.

• Gabriel Jesus has scored 15 goals in his 21 Premier League appearances including one in Saturday's 2-0 win at Leicester City FC.

• Jesus scored in Brazil's 3-1 friendly defeat of Japan on 10 November.

• Agüero scored in friendlies against Russia (1-0) on 11 November and Nigeria (2-4) four days later, lifting him up to third place in Argentina's all-time top scorers' list with 36 goals. He was taken to hospital after suffering a dizzy spell in the dressing room at half-time against Nigeria and was an unused substitute on Saturday.

• David Silva scored twice as Spain beat Costa Rica 5-0 in a friendly on 11 November; he is fourth on Spain's all-time scoring list with 35 goals.

• De Bruyne, who scored on Saturday, is on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or. The winner will be announced on 6 December.

• Benjamin Mendy was ruled out for several months after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on 23 September.

•  Vincent Kompany played on Saturday for the first time since an August calf injury.

• Karim El Ahmadi serves a suspension on matchday five; Steven Berghuis is a booking away from a ban.

• Feyenoord have lost seven of their last 14 matches in all competitions, two of their three victories in that spell coming in the Dutch Cup.

• Karim El Ahmadi scored his first goal since February in 2-2 draw at ADO Den Haag on 5 November. His previous goal came in the corresponding fixture last season.

• Nicolai Jørgensen helped Denmark reach the World Cup finals with a 5-1 aggregate win against the Republic of Ireland in the play-offs. The striker played 90 minutes in Copenhagen then 83 in the Dublin return before scoring for Feyenoord in Saturday's 1-1 draw with VVV-Venlo.

• El Ahmadi and Sofyan Amrabat helped Morocco to a first World Cup qualification in 20 years as they won 2-0 at Ivory Coast on 11 November. El Ahmadi played for 90 minutes while Amrabat made his competitive international debut as an 82nd-minute substitute.

• Berghuis provided three assists as the Netherlands earned a 3-0 away victory in Romania on 14 November.