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Grealish, Gundogan & Walker To Return | Predicted 4-3-3 Manchester City Lineup Vs Norwich City

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A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Manchester City are aiming to maintain their healthy lead at the top of the Premier League table as they take on Norwich City on Saturday. The Citizens resumed their Premier League campaign in midweek by securing a 2-0 win over Brentford. They are hoping for a similar result this time around, especially with Liverpool doing their best to keep up and produce a late title challenge.

Predicted Manchester City Lineup Vs Norwich City

Defence

With Manchester City set to face Sporting CP in the Champions League next midweek, Pep Guardiola will look to shuffle his pack a little, in an attempt to keep his star players fresh.

Aymeric Laporte, for one, could make way for Kyle Walker, which could result in a change of roles in the Manchester City backline. While Ruben Dias remains a guaranteed starter at the heart of the four-man backline, the Portuguese international is set to be partnered by John Stones, who operated as a wide defender against Brentford.

It could, in turn, pave the way for Kyle Walker to operate in his favoured right-back role. A change could be expected on the opposite flank as well, with Joao Cancelo making way for Oleksandr Zinchenko. Meanwhile, in goal, there is no looking back for Ederson Moraes, as he looks for back to back clean sheets in the Premier League.

Manchester City (Zinchenko)
LEIPZIG, GERMANY – DECEMBER 07: Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City looks on during the UEFA Champions League group A match between RB Leipzig and Manchester City at Red Bull Arena on December 07, 2021 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
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Midfield

Guardiola won’t have to deal with any injury woes in midfield. However, one can expect Bernardo Silva to be replaced by Ilkay Gundogan as part of Guardiola’s rotation policy.

The German international is set to partner with Kevin de Bruyne, hoping to offer the creative essence in the middle of the park. They are set to be protected by holding midfielder Rodri, though Guardiola does have the option of deploying Fernandinho if he opts to rest the Spanish international.

Attack

Gabriel Jesus remains a minor doubt for Manchester City heading into this clash. With the Brazilian unavailable, there might only be one change in attack, with Raheem Sterling potentially making way for Jack Grealish.

The former Aston Villa skipper is set to be accompanied by Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez in the three-man Manchester City attack that will look to breach the defences of the opposition. It will be particularly interesting to see how Grealish fares against his former boss Dean Smith this weekend.

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