After beating Arsenal twice in the space of five days, Manchester City host another London side at the Etihad on Sunday. The reigning champions Chelsea will be hosted by the champions elect as City bid to move closer still to the league title before the Champions League quarters come along.
Ederson was excellent against Arsenal. Not only did he save a penalty from Aubameyang in the second half, he was assured throughout and made saves that did not allow Arsenal to put pressure onto City. He will start and ahead of him Kyle Walker and Danilo are likely to be the starting full-backs. The former had a minor niggle against Arsenal and was taken off, but comments from Guardiola indicate that it was a precautionary measure and he can afford to be rested in the upcoming match against Basel.
The central defensive partnership will most likely again be Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi, who have kept two clean sheets in a row and will be looking forward to carrying that momentum into another game against a top six team.
Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva will make up the midfield, once again a chance for the maestros to show their collective magic. Gundogan was not as effective as Fernandinho in shielding the defence and this led to Arsenal having some openings throughout the game which were dealt with by City’s defenders and then Ederson. Hopefully he can grow into the role and show a little more defensive awareness as Chelsea’s Hazard, Willian and Morata could be more punishing than Arsenal were.
With Leroy Sané back in glorious form, Sergio Aguero showing how a Pep striker can shine even if he didn’t score (for once) at the Emirates, and Bernardo Silva looking every bit deserving of his place in the team with that wand of a left foot, City could start with the same front three for the second time in a space of four days with the options of bringing on Gabriel Jesus and hopefully a fit-again Raheem Sterling from the bench.