Unai Emery appears to have opted to alter his formation for the big game today, with five defenders named in the line-up.
I could be wrong looking at the team-sheet, as Sead Kolasinac could well be fielded in a more advanced role, with Monreal at left-back in a back four, but this screams of a back five, with two holding midfielders.
Nobody will blame Emery for trying to give his defence more cover with his side having rarely managed to keep clean sheets this season, as well as the obvious challenge ahead with the fluid football that Pep Guardiola is creating at Manchester City.
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Alex Iwobi has once again displaced Mesut Ozil in the starting line-up, with the German regularly being overlooked for first team duty this term, and leaving him out in such a big game as this may well force him to consider his options come the end of the season.
Denis Suarez also makes the squad for the first time, having made the move from Barcelona on loan until the end of the season, and looks likely to make his debut from the bench.
This may not be the best game to be getting your first taste of English football, but hopefully he will be able to help us to earn a surprise three points at the Etihad today.
Bookmakers are righting us off for this tie, with odds of around 9/1 on offer to snatch the win, but a similar performance to the one against Chelsea recently would see us trouble the hosts.
What are your predictions for today? Are the bookies spot on with the odds or do we deserve more respect?