League-leaders, Manchester City will host Leeds United in the Premier League clash on Saturday in an early kick-off.
Manchester City defeated Borussia Dortmund in a crunch Champions League encounter in the midweek, securing a 2-1 victory over the Black and Yellow. The Sky Blues will now shift their attention to the Premier League, where they will host Leeds United on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola‘s men are within striking distance of securing the league title and are expected to claim all three points against Marcelo Bielsa’s side. The Spanish manager is a huge fan of squad rotation and is expected to ring in a few changes from the side that faced Dortmund on Tuesday.
Ederson will start between the sticks for the league leaders. Aymeric Laporte is expected to come back into the starting lineup and replace Ruben Dias at the centre-back position. The Portuguese defender has started the last two games, and he might be rested before the UCL return leg in the midweek. John Stones will be the other centre-back, and he will look to put in another solid performance at the back.
Kyle Walker featured in the starting lineup against Dortmund but is expected to be benched on Saturday. Joao Cancelo, who operated as the left-back against the German side, will return to the right-back position. Benjamin Mendy was magnificent during City’s last league outing against Leicester City, where he opened the scoring for his side and put in a commendable shift at the back. The Frenchman is expected to continue at the left-back position against Leeds United.
Fernandinho will come back into the starting lineup after being benched for the clash against Dortmund. The veteran midfielder will replace Rodri, who has often been Pep’s go-to man this season. Bernardo Silva is expected to drop into the midfield, after operating as the false nine against BVB.
Kevin de Bruyne has put in two tireless performances over the past week and will be rested ahead of the midweek trip to Germany. Ilkay Gundogan will instead complete the three-man midfield for the hosts and will hope to control the play in the absence of the Belgian.
Raheem Sterling was on the bench on Tuesday and is no longer a first-choice starter at the club. However, he is expected to be given an opportunity to prove himself on Saturday as he might be handed a start on the left-wing. Both, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero will feature in the starting lineup against Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The duo started last week against the Foxes but were ineffective for most of the game. However, Pep will like to try out this formation once again, as Jesus is likely to operate from the right side, with Sergio Aguero playing a central role.