Manchester City will hope to secure the league title in the coming weeks with their next challenge being a tricky clash against Leicester City.
After a busy and interesting international break, players will return back to their clubs as they brace themselves up for an exciting end to the 2020-21 season. Manchester City are one of the busiest teams in Europe in the final two months of the season, as they are fighting it out in all four competitions.
The Sky Blues have opened up a handsome 14-point lead at the top of the Premier League and the premiership is expected to be in the bag in the coming weeks. After suffering a derby defeat to Manchester United in the league, the Sky Blues won their next two games against Southampton and Fulham and are back on track.
Pep Guardiola‘s City will face the high-flying Leicester City in a crunch Premier League clash on Saturday. The Foxes are currently third in the league table and have proved that they are no pushovers. Last time the two sides faced each other, Leicester inflicted an embarrassing loss on City, defeating them 5-2 at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola will have to be careful in choosing his starting lineup for Saturday as a blockbuster clash against Borussia Dortmund awaits in the mid-week. However, the Spaniard is likely to avoid any sort of complacency and play his full-strength team.
Ederson will start between the sticks for the Sky Blues. The resolute centre-back pairing of Ruben Dias and John Stones is expected to feature on Saturday. Joao Cancelo will get the nod over Kyle Walker and operate as the right-back. Oleksandr Zinchenko, who started the FA Cup fixture against Everton, will hold his place in the team at the left-back position.
Rodri has been one of the ‘unsung heroes’ in this strong City squad this season. The Spaniard has fought off competition from Fernandinho and has established himself as a regular starter at City. He is expected to start as the defensive midfielder. At the moment, it seems Ilkay Gundogan just cannot keep himself from finding the back of the net. The German was on the scoresheet against Iceland and North Macedonia in the World Cup Qualifiers and will certainly start on Saturday.
Kevin De Bruyne has been Gundogan’s partner in the midfield at City during their past few outings. The duo were on the scoresheet against Gladbach in the European Cup clash and against the Toffees in the FA Cup quarterfinals. The Belgian will complete the three man midfield for the visitors.
Manchester City have several options in their attacking area but Guardiola will certainly start the former Leicester City forward, Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian has contributed four goals and two assists in his last six Premier League appearances and is showing signs of his former self at Leicester.
There were several rumors of a rift between Raheem Sterling and Pep Guardiola after the latter dropped the Englishman to the bench and was missing from the matchday squad to face Fulham. However, those were tactical moves by the manager and one must not read to much into the situation.
Raheem Sterling will start on the left-back position, and will hope to find his form in front of goal. As confirmed by the club earlier this week, Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester City after the expiry of his current contract this summer. Although, he is expected to get his chances later this month, Gabriel Jesus will start as the striker on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola will want to test the Brazilian striker in the next two months, before he makes his final call on whether the club needs to sign a new striker in the summer.