Fernandinho, Mahrez & Gundogan Returns | 4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Leicester City

Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Rodrigo, John Stones and Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City defend a free kick during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on August 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester City will clash heads with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening hoping to consolidate their second place in the Premier League table with a win on the road. The Citizens will come into this encounter on the back of a 2-0 victory over West Ham United in midweek.

Pep Guardiola will stick with his preferred 4-3-3 formation and could opt to make a few changes to his starting XI for this trip to the East Midlands.

4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Leicester City

Defence

Ederson will continue to operate in between the sticks for the Citizens after he kept a clean sheet versus the Hammers in midweek. Fernandinho is expected to get the nod ahead of Nicolas Otamendi and will line up alongside Aymeric Laporte at the heart of Guardiola’s defence. Both centre-backs will try to keep Jamie Vardy in check so that they can enhance their chances of a shut-out this weekend.

Benjamin Mendy is a nailed-on starter in the left-back position while Kyle Walker will play on the other side as the right-back. Both Man City full-backs will look to press high up the pitch so that they can pin the Leicester wide players inside their own half.

Guardiola has to find a way to stop his side from leaking goals at the back ahead of a season-defining showdown versus Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League next week.

Rodrigo of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at Etihad Stadium on February 19, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Midfield

Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne will anchor the midfield for the away side as they focus all their energy on dominating the midfield battle and creating some clear-cut opportunities going forward. Both Rodri and De Bruyne got their names on the scoresheet against David Moyes’ men so they will be in high spirits heading into this clash at the King Power.

David Silva was heavily involved in midweek so he will likely have to settle for a place alongside Phil Foden on the Man City bench.

Attack

Gabriel Jesus could get another opportunity to operate as a makeshift winger down the left flank. Riyad Mahrez will look to cut-in from the other side and cause a few problems for the Foxes this weekend. Sergio Aguero will once again lead the charge for the Citizens up top.

Bernardo Silva will be available for selection on Guardiola’s bench and might come on to make an impact if required. Raheem Sterling will not be risked for this game so that he can be fresh for the Champions League knockout stage first-leg clash versus the Galacticos.

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