Ok, let me be blunt to the FPL fanatics who like to follow City Watch’s Predicted Teams — this one is tougher than usual and involves a lot of guessing. So don’t take any of this as gospel.
City play host to Bournemouth tomorrow and have an amazing record against Eddie Howe’s men, with 4-0 wins in their last two home games. With a game against Watford (away) coming up on Tuesday, we should expect quite a bit of rotation by Pep.
But it’s complicated…
Here’s the problem — there are three players on the borderline after Guardiola said on Friday that he’d only know about them after City’s training session. As I type this there’s no further news so we can only guess if Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus will be available!
Coming Soon: Kevin De Bruyne. Pep confirmed KDB will be back very soon, but not in time for tomorrow’s match. Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy are also out with long term injuries.
One man who will play against both Bournemouth and Watford will be Ederson unless he gets himself sent off or injured.
At the back I’m going for Danilo to finally play his first Premier League game this season. He’s fit, played both of Brazil’s games, and Cafu says he’s one of the three best in the world. There’s my logic and I’m sticking to it. Walker is then rested for Watford away. Left-back will probably see Delph and Aleks rotate either game, and I’m predicting Fabian Delph to start this one after the babyfaced Ukrainian played against Lyon.
In the center of defence — it was Laporte and Stones against Lyon, so could it be Kompany and Nico Otamendi? Looking at Pep’s teams he nearly always starts one of Stones or Laporte, so it’d be a shock. Being brave, I’m going to say Aymeric Laporte and Vincent Kompany start against The Cherries.
In midfield the BIG questions begin. We don’t know yet if Bernardo Silva or Ilkay Gundogan will be back, so just have to guess. I’ll go for Fernandinho to play yet again which could mean him rested against Watford. After the Sterling midfield experiment didn’t work in France, I guess it will be David Silva and Phil Foden. Come on Pep, give Phil a chance!
On the wings, I will go for Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling. Raz has scored 7 goals in his last 6 games against Bournemouth. Guardiola showed optimism about Gabriel Jesus making it in time for tomorrow so I’m picking him to get a start giving Kun’s legs a rest.
That leaves the subs and I’ll go for Aro Muric, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sané and Sergio Aguero. If either Ilkay or Bernardo are not fit, then Nico Otamendi.
So here it is — expect our good form at predicting teams to come to an end here!