Manchester City face a week that bears plenty of resemblance to that of their struggles last season when they exited the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool and were defeated by Manchester United at home in the Premier League.
The Reds took a 3-0 lead into the second leg of the quarter-final clash last season, but Tottenham have a one-goal advantage this time around. Therefore, City need to score two goals without reply.
This game will be tough because Tottenham are not going to let City win without a huge fight and they rested their key players such as Heung-min Son against Huddersfield Town ready for this game.
The hosts played a strong line-up against Crystal Palace, but I predict that a very similar team will start against Spurs because Pep Guardiola knows the importance of this game and City seem to be looking good on the injury front.
Here’s how I predict Man City will start against Tottenham:
The City number one will 100% play this game, unless he happens to sustain an injury…
RB: Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker put in a fantastic performance against the tricky Wilfried Zaha, and he will need to put in another one against Tottenham.
CB: John Stones
This could more than likely be Vincent Kompany and I would be more than happy with either, but I think that John Stones will be better suited for the pace of Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura.
CB: Aymeric Laporte
Aymeric Laporte is probably the first name on the team sheet when it comes to a big game. He’s set to start in the middle of the defence.
Pep Guardiola confirmed that Oleksandr Zinchenko would not be fit for the game on Wednesday, therefore that leaves City with a dilemma. I do not think that Fabian Delph will play in a side that will need to attack, so I predict that Danilo will play instead.
Fernandinho missed the Crystal Palace match through a slight knock, but he has trained ahead of the Tottenham game. Therefore, I believe it is inevitable that he will play because despite as well as Ilkay Gundogan has played, Fernandinho is the best holding midfielder that Man City have.
CM: Kevin de Bruyne
I believe that Kevin de Bruyne was rested in the first leg so he would be able to play the Crystal Palace game and this one. He was excellent against the Eagles and will need to put in a similar performance if Man City can turn around the tie.
CM: Bernardo Silva
Bernardo played the last few minutes against Crystal Palace, I believe in preparation for the game tomorrow against Tottenham. He is such an important player because of the energy that he provides; whether he starts on the right or in the middle, he will add something different.
RW: Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling scored two more goals against Crystal Palace and the first showed how far he has grown. He is the man in form and will play.
LW: Leroy Sane
Leroy Sane showed against Crystal Palace what he could offer when he is at his best, a direct and dangerous winger that will cause any defender a problem. It could be a Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling wing duo, but why not play all three with Sane more dangerous out wide?
ST: Sergio Aguero
Gabriel Jesus is probably the more sharp and in-form striker, but Sergio Aguero is currently the bigger name and presence. Therefore, he should get the start and look to avenge his penalty miss in the first leg.
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