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Predicted Man City XI vs. Burnley: Pep to go strong against away day specialists

After selecting the same line-up for the victories over Stoke City and Napoli, Pep Guardiola has some difficult decisions to make for the visit of Burnley on Saturday.

There will be an opportunity to rest players when the Blues take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup next week, but Pep may be tempted to rotate when the Clarets come to the Etihad.

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Ederson is a near certainty to continue in goal, with John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi in front of him as Vincent Kompany remains unavailable.

Danilo could replace Kyle Walker or Fabian Delph, who would both be playing their third game in the space of a week if selected. Perhaps one will get a rest on Saturday and then the other will get one on against Wolves.

Fernandinho has been excellent in recent weeks, but had a second half to forget on Tuesday night, almost costing City all three points.

Ideally, he would be rested on Saturday but Ilkay Gundogan, who hasn’t played a full 90 minutes for almost a year, and Yaya Touré, who now has the turning circle of a waste disposal truck, are risky alternatives.

The influential Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva are expected to continue in the centre of midfield, with Gundogan an option from the bench.

The front three of Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sané has been electric, but Pep now must decide whether Sergio Aguero should be put back into the starting line-up.

Given Aguero is yet to even make a substitute appearance since returning from injury, I expect him to once again start on the bench.

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