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Predicted Man City XI vs. West Brom: Fernandinho and Silva to return after rests

Pep Guardiola made ten changes to his side for the Carabao Cup victory against Wolves.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side forced the much-changed Blues into 120 minutes of football and penalties before eventually being knocked out.

After such an exhausting fixture, I expect Guardiola to completely change the team once more for Saturday’s match against West Bromwich Albion.

Team

Claudio Bravo had his Willy Caballero moment on Tuesday night, saving the Blues from the embarrassment of being dumped out of the cup by a Championship side.

Despite this, Ederson has been superb this season and he is expected to reclaim his place in the starting line-up.

Kyle Walker and John Stones both came off the bench against Wolves, and they’ll almost certainly replace Danilo and Tosin Adarabioyo.

Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph both enjoyed a rest after some brilliant performances in recent weeks, and Guardiola should recall them at the expense of Eliaquim Mangala and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Fernandinho and David Silva were also rested, while Kevin De Bruyne featured from the bench on Tuesday.

The trio are likely to be brought back into the starting line-up to replace Yaya Touré, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva, who all played 120 minutes against Wolves.

The only real question mark is over who will be the third forward.

Leroy Sané and Gabriel Jesus should start at The Hawthorns, with neither playing the full match on Tuesday night.

Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling did, however.

Given Aguero has recently returned from injury, I think Sterling is more likely to start.

Here’s my predicted team in full:

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