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Sterling To Lead The Line, Mahrez Starts | 4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Club Brugge

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Manchester City will clash heads with Club Brugge at the Etihad on Wednesday night, hoping to pick up all three points on their home turf. The Citizens will be heading into the contest on the back of a shambolic 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace in the Premier League, whereas the hosts recorded a 2-0 win against Sint-Truidense V.V. on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola will probably opt for the 4-3-3 formation with a couple of tweaks from the last game. Ilkay Gundogan might get the nod over Bernardo Silva in midfield, whereas Riyad Mahrez looks likely to make his way back into the starting eleven.

4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Club Brugge

Defence

Ederson Moraes will return to operate in between the sticks for the upcoming clash. The Brazilian shot-stopper will be hoping to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on Wednesday.

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

Oleksandr Zinchenko should be a 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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Midfield

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.

Ilkay Gundogan, who was on the bench against Crystal Palace, 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.

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

Attack

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

Raheem Sterling will lead the line for Manchester City in midweek. The England international will be hoping to get his name on the scoresheet when he faces off against the Club Brugge defence that has conceded just two goals in their last three matches across all competitions.

Phil Foden will have to settle for a place on the bench, but he could be brought on in the second forty-five minutes.

4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Club Brugge
4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Club Brugge
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