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Foden To Return, Sterling On The Bench | 4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Olympiacos

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Manchester City will entertain Olympiacos at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night hoping to pick another positive result in the UEFA Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s side has won both their group matches in Europe so far and will be full of confidence heading into this midweek showdown versus the Greek giants.

The Mancunian outfit will set themselves up in a 4-3-3 formation with Phil Foden expected to get a start while Raheem Sterling earns some well-deserved rest on the bench.

4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup To Face Olympiacos

Defence

Ederson will continue in between the sticks for the home side after securing an easy clean sheet versus Sheffield United last Saturday. Ruben Dias will resume his defensive partnership with Aymeric Laporte at the centre of the Man City backline as they hope to restrict the opposition from finding the back of the net during the game.

Kyle Walker might get the nod to operate at right-back once again while Oleksandr Zinchenko looks to catch the eye on the other side as the left-back. Both full-backs will try to get forward at every chance they can get so that they can provide adequate support to the front players.

4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Olympiacos (Man City's Foden is seen hugging in the picture)
Manchester City’s English midfielder Phil Foden (R) embraces Manchester City’s Spanish midfielder Ferran Torres (L) on the pitch after the UEFA Champions League football Group C match between Manchester City and Porto at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north-west England on October 21, 2020. – Manchester City won the game 3-1. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)

Midfield

Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan will make up Guardiola’s midfield as they look to dominate the ball and engineer some clear-cut opportunities to score throughout the 90 minutes. De Bruyne will carry most of the creative burden for his team, so we can expect him to play a lot of incisive passes in the attacking third.

Bernardo Silva and Tommy Doyle will have to settle for a spot on the bench as they await their chance to shine as the impact substitutes if needed.

Attack

Phil Foden should get another chance to impress down the left flank. The English youngster has done well in the Champions League thus far, so he will be hoping to produce another impressive display in the final third. Riyad Mahrez will try to make himself a constant threat on the right while Ferran Torres could fill in as a makeshift centre-forward up top.

Raheem Sterling will make up the numbers on the bench as Guardiola looks to offer him some rest ahead of the highly anticipated clash versus Liverpool next weekend.

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