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Predicted Man City XI vs. West Ham: Walker and Sané to return after Swansea rests

With just four games to go in Manchester City’s record-breaking season, Pep Guardiola’s side travel to the London Stadium to face a West Ham side on the brink of Premier League safety.

Here’s my predicted team for the East London clash…

In goal, even with the league wrapped up, I fully expect Ederson to make another appearance. He’s started every single game in the league this season and, with the Golden Glove firmly in his sight, I don’t see Pep making any changes between the sticks against the Hammers.

Kyle Walker will probably come back into the team after being rested against Swansea, while I’d imagine that this game comes too soon for Benjamin Mendy to start. As a result, it will probably be Fabian Delph lining up at left-back after impressing last week. John Stones is still injured, so I think it’ll be Vincent Kompany and Aymeric Laporte working together at the heart of defence.

Fernandinho is back from his two-game suspension on Sunday, so he’ll probably slot right back into his favoured defensive midfield role, with Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva providing the creativity ahead of him. We know that Pep wants to end the season on a high and break a few more records in the process, so why not play with his best midfield trio?

With Sergio Aguero still out injured, options are a bit thin on the ground up top. If I had to guess, I’d say it’ll be Raheem Sterling’s turn to rest, with Leroy Sané coming back into the side opposite Bernardo Silva on the right. Gabriel Jesus is the obvious option up top, looking to add another goal to his impressive run of form.

On the bench, aside from the obvious Claudio Bravo, Nicolas Otamendi, Danilo, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling, it’ll be great to hopefully see youngsters Phil Foden and Brahim Díaz getting an opportunity later in the game. If everything goes to plan, they’ll come on in the second half to make an impact.

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