Manchester City vs Schalke Predictions: Manchester City line-up
They will be looking to keep their European run going as they are one of the few clubs who still have a realistic chance of winning all four trophies they’re involved in. With the EFL Cup final against Chelsea around the corner, expect this to be a feisty tie against strong German opposition.
Club captain Vincent Kompany remains on the sidelines because of a slight knock and isn’t expected to be back for this fixture either. Claudio Bravo is also ruled out of this fixture with a leg problem and this means youngster Aro Muric would get his place on the bench.
First choice left-back Benjamin Mendy is still unavailable because of a long-term knee injury and is out of this match. His return date is unsure but he is in the latter stages of his recovery process.
Predicted Manchester City XI
Manager: Pep Guardiola
GK – Ederson
The Brazilian showstopper has been in exceptional form all campaign and the control he offers with the ball at his feet makes him an assured starter.
RB – Kyle Walker
The former Tottenham man has been one of City’s most potent attacking threats this campaign and expect this trend to continue in Europe.
RCB – John Stones
The Englishman didn’t start in the cup fixture against Newport and is expected to return for this important game in Europe.
LCB – Aymeric Laporte
The Frenchman has been Guardiola’s first choice defender this term and has looked solid in every position he’s played in.
LB – Olaksandr Zinchenko
The Ukrainian prodigy showed his class in the demolition of Chelsea and with Mendy out with a prolonged problem, expect him to start.
RCM – Kevin De Bruyne
The Belgian’s injury problems have deterred his progress this season but he is expected to feature in this key fixture for City.
CM – Fernandinho
The Brazilian destroyer is an important part of Guardiola’s setup and is expected to feature against the German club.
LCM – Ilkay Gundogan
The German’s sharp passing in the midfield has become a key weapon in City’s attacking arsenal this campaign.
RW – Bernardo Silva
The Portuguese magician has really come into his own this term and is expected to come into the side to give Mahrez a rest.
ST – Sergio Aguero
The man in form, Aguero’s hat-trick against the Blues once again highlighted his immense quality and this should be enough to ensure he starts.
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LW – Raheem Sterling
He tore Cesar Azpilicueta to shreds against Chelsea and will be looking to have the same effect on this fixture against Schalke.