John Stones to be benched? Predicted 4-3-3 Manchester City XI to face Bournemouth


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Predicted 4-3-3 Manchester City XI to face Bournemouth in the Premier League

Manchester City came back from behind twice to claim a point apiece with a 2-2 draw against Lyon on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League.

The Citizens thrashed West Ham 4-0 in their last Premier League outing and Pep Guardiola’s men will once again be the strong favourites when they play host to Bournemouth on Saturday.

City have been on a goalscoring spree this season, having scored 40 already and few would back against them adding to that tally against a Bournemouth side that has all of their last three games in the Premier League.

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Benjamin Mendy and Kevin de Bruyne are ruled out with knee injuries while Bernardo Silva is struggling to shake off a knock. Ilkay Gundogan did not feature in the Champions League due to an ankle injury and is doubtful to make it to the matchday squad for the weekend game.

Claudio Bravo and Eliaquim Mangala are long-term absentees due to injuries.

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Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Predicted XI

1. Ederson Moraes (GK)

The Brazilian wasn’t at fault for any of the goals in the Champions League tie and has always been a reliable presence between the sticks.

2. Kyle Walker (RB)

He hasn’t been at his best in the last couple of games and will be expected to improve considerably.

3. Nicolas Otamendi (CB)

He started the last game against West Ham and Guardiola should hand him another start for this one to give John Stones a break.

4. Aymeric Laporte (CB)

The Frenchman will be in high spirits after scoring a goal in the Champions League against Lyon.

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5. Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB)

The Ukrainian international put in a good shift at the back against Lyon and played some nice passes in the attacking third.

6. Fernandinho (CM)

He didn’t have the best of games against Lyon and the Brazilian will be expected to put in a better performance on Saturday.

7. Raheem Sterling (RAM)

He looked uncomfortable in an unfamiliar position in the Champions League game but he might have to continue in the midfield three if Bernardo and Gundogan do not make it to the squad.

8. David Silva (LAM)

The Spaniard wasn’t at his best in the Champions League but has done exceedingly well in the Premier League this season.

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9. Riyad Mahrez (RW)

The Algerian bagged an assist for Aguero’s headed equaliser and he will be expected to deliver the goods once again.

10. Leroy Sane (LW)

He struggled for large quarters of the game against Lyon and City will need him to step up his game on Saturday.

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11. Sergio Aguero (ST)

The Argentine scored the all-important equaliser against Lyon and Guardiola shouldn’t have any complaints about his performances if he continues to deliver the goals.

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