No De Bruyne As Guardiola Makes 2 Changes | Expected Man City Line-Up vs Liverpool

By on January 2, 2019

Manchester City will look to blow the title race wide open with a win when they welcome league leaders Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night. Here is the line-up we expect Pep Guardiola to go with:

Goalkeeper: There is no debate needed over who’ll start in-between the sticks as Ederson is certain to keep his place against Liverpool tomorrow night.

Defence: Guardiola will obviously go full strength for this huge game so Kyle Walker is expected to be recalled after being rested for the win at Southampton last weekend with Danilo dropping to the bench.

Fabian Delph remains suspended and Benjamin Mendy is still on the sidelines with a serious injury so youngster Oleksandr Zinchenko is expected to continue at left-back following a solid performance at St Mary’s.

Guardiola may be tempted to recall John Stones to add some pace against the lively Liverpool attack but you can’t account for Vincent Kompany’s experience in these big games so the Belgian defender should keep his place alongside Aymeric Laporte in the middle of the back four.

Midfield: The big question mark is whether Kevin De Bruyne will be passed fit to start as the midfielder has missed the last few games with a muscle injury off the back of a long lay-off. De Bruyne trained today so he should be in the squad but I don’t think Guardiola will risk him from the start so a place on the bench is likely.

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That means Bernado Silva should keep his place alongside David Silva in the middle of the park with Fernandinho once again deployed in the holding role. Ilkay Gundogan is back after a minor knock but I think we’ll see the German international among the subs against Liverpool.

Attack: Sergio Aguero was back among the goals as he scored a fine header during the 3-1 win at Southampton last time out so I expect the Argentinean hitman to lead the line once again tomorrow night with Gabriel Jesus having to make-do with a place on the bench.

Raheem Sterling has been in fine form this season and he’ll be keen to impress against his former side so I expect him to retain his place in attack but Guardiola may be tempted to freshen things up with Leroy Sane coming in for Riyad Mahrez,

Here is how City are expected to start:

CHECK OUT OUR PREDICTED LIVERPOOL XI HERE

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