Manchester City will play hosts to Dinamo Zagreb at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night hoping to pick up their second win of this UEFA Champions League campaign. The Citizens will come into this encounter at the back of a dominant 3-1 win over Everton. However, the Croat outfit won’t be any pushovers as evidenced by their 4-0 victory against Atalanta earlier this month.
Pep Guardiola is expected to stick with his favoured 4-3-3 formation and might be inclined to name his strongest starting XI for this European encounter in front of their home supporters.
4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup To Face Dinamo Zagreb
Ederson will start in between the sticks for the Citizens despite failing to keep a clean sheet against Everton on Saturday. The defensive duo of Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho will continue their partnership at the heart of Guardiola’s backline hoping to keep things tidy at the back versus their Croat opponents.
Benjamin Mendy might get the nod to start at left-back ahead of Oleksandr Zinchenko who featured heavily against the Toffees. Kyle Walker will lineup on the other side as the right-back as he looks to cause a few problems for the Zagreb defenders in the opposition half.
Man City have let in just one goal in their last four outings across all competitions. Hence, Guardiola will be hopeful about his side’s chances of securing a clean sheet at the back on Tuesday night.
Guardiola could choose to go with the midfield three of David Silva, Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne as the experienced trio try to establish Man City’s dominance at the middle of the park. Both Silva and De Bruyne will be tasked with creating some decent goal-scoring opportunities for the front players in the Dinamo half.
Ilkay Gundogan might have to settle for a spot on the Citizens bench following an underwhelming display against Marco Silva’s men.
The Man City frontline would be comprised of Sergio Aguero leading the charge down the middle while Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva focus on stretching the pitch out on the flanks. Sterling missed a whole host of chances but still managed to find the back of the net at Goodison Park on Saturday. Hence, we can expect him to put in another goal-scoring display against Zagreb in midweek.
Riyad Mahrez could be demoted to the Man City bench but might get a chance to make an impact if Guardiola calls upon his services.