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Sterling To Lead The Line, Steffen Starts | 4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Burnley

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Manchester City will clash heads with Burnley at the Etihad on Saturday evening, hoping to pick up all three points on their home turf. The Citizens will be heading into the contest on the back of a thrilling 2-2 draw with Liverpool, whereas the visitors recorded a 0-0 stalemate versus Norwich City on October 2.

Pep Guardiola will probably opt for the 4-3-3 formation with a couple of tweaks from the last game. Raheem Sterling might get the nod over Ferran Torres, whereas Zack Steffen looks likely to make his way back into the starting eleven.

4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Burnley


Guardiola might be left without the services of Ederson Moraes and Gabriel Jesus as Brazil are set to play in the early hours of Friday morning.

As a result, Zack Steffen will operate in between the sticks for the upcoming clash. The American shot-stopper will be hoping to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on Saturday.

Aymeric Laporte will continue to form the centre-half partnership with Ruben Dias at the heart of City’s backline.

Joao Cancelo is a guaranteed starter at the left-back position, whereas Kyle Walker will fill in on the other flank as the right-back. The full-backs will be expected to stay compact and keep their shape defensively.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 21: Zack Steffen of Manchester City during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Manchester City and Wycombe Wanderers F.C. at Etihad Stadium on September 21, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Rodri might start in the holding midfield position and could be assigned with more of a defensive role to shield the home side’s back-four.

Given question marks over Ilkay Gundogan’s fitness level, Bernardo Silva will slot into the central midfield role, whereas Kevin De Bruyne is expected to start in the attacking midfield position. The duo would be determined to set up some clear cut goal scoring chances for the front men.

Phil Foden will have to settle for a place on the bench, but he could come on to make a cameo appearance in the second half.


Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez will take up the wide positions, playing on the left and right-wing, respectively.

Ferran Torres seems set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up an unfortunate injury with Spain while on international duty.

Hence, Raheem Sterling might lead the line for Manchester City this weekend. The England international will be hoping to get his name on the scoresheet when he faces off against the Clarets defence that has conceded three goals in their last three league matches.

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