There are definitely going to be a few changes to the team that faced Napoli on Thursday night when we go up against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.
For starters, there will be no Aaron Ramsey or Sokratis due to injury and suspension.
In goal we will see the return of Bernd Leno despite the good performance of Petr Cech in Italy, it is horses for courses with Unai Emery and Leno is the man between the sticks in the Premier League.
I expect the back three to consist of Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Shkodran Mustafi though I would not be surprised if Emery goes with Konstantinos Mavropanos instead of Mustafi, but on balance it is likely he will stick with the more seasoned, if unreliable, German.
The wing-backs basically take care of themselves, I simply cannot see the boss not going with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac on the flanks, especially with Palace likely to be fielding speedy players themselves.
As per usual the midfield is the most tricky area to predict but the injury to Ramsey and possible fitness worries over Granit Xhaka means that we will probably see Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira as the central pairing with Mesut Ozil deployed just in front of them.
That leaves Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang playing slightly on the wing behind Alexandre Lacazette up front, a combination that I believe will work consistently well if given the opportunity, and in this particular game, I do feel Emery will go with the two-man attack as opposed to the lone striker strategy.
That is my predicted eleven, although the chances are that Emery will pick a team that will surprise us all. He has so much to balance out now and fixture congestion and player freshness is certainly among those factors to consider.
I’d be happy with that line up
Looking forward to it then Sue ?
Sure am Kev ? so Pep won! I it was edge of the seat stuff, did you see it? I just watched it again on MOTD (didn’t have to watch through my fingers this time ?) I bet you were eyeing up Pep’s cashmere sweaters ??
Hahahaha I’m actually only seeing it on sky sports news Sue ? de bruyne out injured now ? please beat Utd ? Totts should of had a pen ? just as I speak pep is wearing a cashmere sweater ?????
Yes that was gutting for KDB, the look on his face said it all… be surprised if we see him again this season… that’s a huge blow.. yes they’d better win on Wednesday! I’m not sure my heart can take all these tense games ??
Phew yes, bloody Walker, I don’t like him (obviously) and I reckon he’s been pretty crap the last few games.. haha I bet you’re imagining yourself in it ?
It is tense I won’t argue with you there ? I think if city beat Utd then surely they win the league, they got Burnley away after that Leicester and Brighton ? Fulham can’t stop winning now they’ve been relegated ? oh no Sue it’s too warm for cashmere ? I’ll be up late tonight for the Crawford v Khan fight ?
Ooh West Ham were done out of a perfectly good goal (again)
That really will be a nail biter on Wednesday… be interesting in my daughter’s house ?
It’s in NYC ain’t it? I’d love to watch a fight there… especially if it was AJ. Who do you think will win?
Your nephew won’t like that Sue ? haha is that where your watching it ? ? We play wolves on the same night ? I’d love to watch a fight in Las Vegas then hit the casino’s ? yes Sue Madison Square garden and I’d be shocked if Crawford doesn’t knock Khan out ? if we win tomorrow our new team song should be ‘Nothing is gonna stop us’ starship you heard it here first ?
Haha no way (& play referee!) actually I’d gang up on the son in law, for obvious reasons ? Yes Vegas would be good too! Well I hope it’s a good fight for you, seeing as you’re staying up for it!
Haha brilliant! I would cry with laughter if it actually came on!
Deulofeu is on fire right now! Did you see Watford actually appealed that red card ?
Haha they shouldn’t have bothered, so the 3 match ban stands ?
Played after palace and we lose to wolves ??? I did yeah and Gracia said he doesn’t know what the ref seen ? what has Gracia not seen ??? ? Can’t stand Troy Deeney so glad he’s banned! Yeah and say things like how’s 6th place feel ? ? Well Sue I will let you get off to sleep big live game for you say hi to Roy Hodsgon for me ?
? enjoy the fight Kevin! ? goodnight ?
Thanks Sue ? you found a glove ? enjoy the match and goodnight Sue ? ??
Sue very happy with today’s result. We can take over top 3 if we have a win tomorrow.
Pat, I was absolutely buzzing when the whistle blew!!! That was a massive win for City… how was Pat?! Or dare I ask?! ? I hope we win ?
The next 7 days can pretty much guarantee a top 4 for us if we beat palace and wolves while Chelsea and man u draw vs each other. We would have only 3 matches left and a minimum 4 pts cushion.
Can you take out Mustafi for me?
Apparently reports are suggesting Leroy sane has asked to leave city due to not playing enough
We can have him then!!!
As Xhaka came off after 60 minutes I believe he might start while Aubameyang will start on the bench having completed 90 minutes in 3 days…
Therefore I see Torreira being rested and Goundouzi and Iwobi starting.
We might see a back four again and honestly I find it difficult to predict line up!
How refreshing that is after years of near certainty under Wenger…
Let’s get those 3 points!
Whoever is picked I just hope they will put in a shift like in Napoli. I never want to see the sluggish play that was against Everton.. 3 POINTSPLEASE! COYG!