Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Preview: Predicted XI for City | Premier League 2019/20
The defending champions Manchester City find themselves in new territory this season, as they are in an unfamiliar position of playing catchup. On Saturday, Liverpool opened an eight-point gap on Pep Guardiola's men, now the onus is on City to close the gap when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers today.
City began this Premier League campaign somewhat shakey, dropping points amidst defensive woes. However, the defending champions have recovered from that slump, emphatically dispatching Watford and going on a run of five matches with four clean sheets. Guardiola's champions have found a way to cope with their defensive absences.
Wolves, on the other hand, are currently reeling from the effects of a congested fixture list, as Nuno Espirito's boys are far from the form which saw them shock the Premier League top six teams time and again last season.
They are currently recovering from a brutal Europa League away trip to Turkey, where they snatched a victory late in the game. They were once again far from their best in that one, and Nuno Espirito will undoubtedly be demanding they put their best foot forward against City, as anything less would be catastrophic at the Etihad Stadium.
Last time these sides met, the champions fired three goals past Wolves, with Gabriel Jesus grabbing a brace before a Conor Coady own goal confirmed the fate of Nuno Espirito's men in the second half. Guardiola will be expecting nothing less this time around, as they continue to ramp up the pressure on Liverpool.
The major absence from this one will be Kevin De Bruyne, as he currently is recuperating from a groin injury. He should be back after the international break.
Kyle Walker and Oleksandr Zinchenko sat out the win against Dinamo Zagreb in midweek, but are expected to return to the City rearguard this weekend. Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez are also expected to play on either side of Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus this weekend.
Leroy Sane - Out injured
Aymeric Laporte - Out injured
John Stones - Out injured
Kevin De Bruyne - Out injured
Predicted XI for Manchester City
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson Moraes, Kyle Walker, Fernandinho, Nicolas Otamendi, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus.Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:41 IST