Manchester City will look to strengthen their place at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday afternoon, as they host bottom of the table Sheffield United at the Etihad.
Chris Wilder’s side did the Citizens a big favour in midweek when they earned a shock win at Old Trafford, but that surely will give their confidence a huge boost ahead of their trip to the Etihad, so it perhaps won’t be an easy game against the Blades.
Pep Guardiola admitted earlier this week that he was concerned about facing Sheffield United, as in all of their games against Wilder’s side since they were promoted, it has been quite tight, with City winning 1-0, 1-0 and 2-0 in their last three fixtures.
However, City will be in confident form of their own after winning 5-0 against West Brom in midweek to go top of the league, so it seems unlikely that Guardiola will make too many changes to his side.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects the Spanish manager to line his side up, with two changes from the side that started against West Brom…
Unsurprisingly, Ederson keeps his place in goal, as he continues to lead the way in terms of the golden glove this season, with 11 clean sheets to his name in the Premier League this season.
There’s one change in the City defence, as Benjamin Mendy comes in for Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back, with the Frenchman perhaps needing to prove his worth after the Ukrainian’s impressive performances of late.
The midfield stays the same as Bernardo Silva partners the in-form Ilkay Gundogan, with Rodri providing defensive protection behind.
Finally, in attack, Gabriel Jesus, who earns £90k per week at City, starts up front, with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling supporting him on the wings, in a move which sees Phil Foden drop to the bench, as he is rested.
The Blades will certainly not roll over at the Etihad, but these are the sort of games Guardiola’s side must win if they want to win the league this season.
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