Manchester City’s predicted starting XI vs Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester City welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad Stadium this evening with their quadruple-dreams hanging by a thread.

Pep Guardiola’s side were uncharacteristically tepid in the first leg and a stark improvement is needed tonight to overturn their 1-0 deficit.

The manager came in for vehement criticism from supporters for his team selection in north London last week, so it will be interesting to see what side he picks this evening.

Ahead of the game, here at Football FanCast we have delivered our own prediction for City’s potential starting XI, with just two changes made from the side which won 3-1 at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Fernandinho and Bernardo Silva are the two players who return.

While it would certainly be a gamble to start Mendy at left-back this evening, Fabian Delph’s shortcomings last week and the Frenchman’s promising form since returning to the side suggest he could be an eyebrow-raising inclusion.

Bernardo’s energy will be required to simultaneously stifle the threat offered by Danny Rose at left-back and to unsettle his opposite number in the final-third, weaving his way through Tottenham’s defensive unit and looking to deliver a moment of magic or two to send City into the semi-final.

Fernandinho should be fit to take his place in the side after missing the trip to Selhurst and his presence at the base of midfield will be massive for the tie-chasing hosts.

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