Premier League giants Manchester City will be looking to continue their positive start to the season when they take on Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City side this weekend. The Citizens played their most recent match in the Carabao Cup on Thursday but didn’t have too many first-team players involved in the action. Despite getting a good fight from Bournemouth on the night, they were able to see out the victory within the ninety minutes.
City have started the new season well, having already beaten Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves side last weekend. Not only did the Manchester club manage to pick up all three points, but they also limited Wolves to an extremely minimal number of chances. With Leicester City next on the agenda, Guardiola is expected to ring in the changes once again. City currently have several injuries to deal with though, which means that the extent of the changes won’t be all that much.
The biggest miss going into this tie will surely be that of Sergio Aguero, as the Argentine striker has been ruled out at least until the end of October with a knee injury. Ayermic Laporte is another big name that’s unlikely to be available, having just healed from catching the COVID-19 virus. Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva are both unavailable for selection in this tie, while full-back options Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko remain on the sidelines as well. Gabriel Jesus picked up an injury this week as well.
Here Is The Predicted 4-3-3 Manchester City Lineup Vs Leicester City:
Predicted 4-3-3 Manchester City Lineup Vs Leicester City
Ederson has, over the last couple of seasons, developed into one of the highest-rated goalkeepers in European football. Despite not being the best shot-stopper, his passing and work on the ball are second to none, which means that his place is more than secure. With Laporte out of contention, expect Guardiola to stick with the same back-four that won him the league match against Wolves last weekend. Summer signing Nathan Ake could start alongside John Stones, with Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy taking up the full-back roles.
With Gundogan and Bernardo Silva unavailable for selection, Pep Guardiola won’t actually have too much of a choice when it comes to picking his midfielders. The gaffer would be forced to stick with the same midfield trio that started the game against Wolves last weekend. Fernandinho is expected to start the tie as the lone anchor, with Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri taking up the slightly more advanced roles. While the Spaniard will be responsible for keeping things moving, the Belgian will be given the license to join the attacks.
Phil Foden was given the nod in the attack last weekend, and the youngster is likely to keep his place in the side. With both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus seemingly unavailable for selection, the job of playing the central striker could fall onto the shoulders of Raheem Sterling. With the speedster in the central role, it would open up space on the flank, which could be filled by former Leicester City trickster Riyad Mahrez.