Manchester City face Crystal Palace as they welcome them to the Etihad Stadium this Saturday afternoon. The Sky Blues come into the match on the back of a hard-fought 3-3 draw against Newcastle United, whereas, the Seagulls look fired up after a 3-1 win against Aston Villa in the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola will probably utilise the 4-3-3 formation looking to secure all three points again Pattrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace.
Manchester City 4-3-3 Predicted Line Up To Face Crystal Palace
Ederson will operate in goal for Man City as the Brazilian shot-stopper looks to secure a clean sheet after conceding three goals in the previous fixture. John Stones and Ruben Dias are expected to form the centre-half partnership at the heart of City’s backline as the former has come back to full fitness.
Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo are expected to stretch the opposition backline and track back into defence when the opponents are on the front foot.
Nathan Ake will look to provide cover in the defensive department, coming off the bench if needed. Sergio Gomez has just arrived at the Etihad and could make his debut in the second half of the game.
Guardiola’s midfield trio will consist of Bernardo Silva, Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne tasked with creating chances in the attacking third and distributing the ball efficiently. The latter will be going deep into the opposition’s backline, whereas Silva would freely roam the attacking third trying to pick out some decisive passes.
Ilkay Gundogan and Kalvin Phillips would probably come on to the match in the second half to create an impact.
The Spanish tactician will make sure that Erling Haaland and Phil Foden get to start in every game until the fixture list gets stacked up with multiple competitions. Riyad Mahrez might feature in his preferred right-wing position, looking to provide support from the wide areas.
Julian Alvarez might come on in the latter half of the match if required, so he would be taking up the spot on the bench alongside Jack Grealish.