Manchester City host French outfit Lyon in their Champions League opener at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. The Citizens have been dominant through the opening stages of the new Premier League campaign but they are nevertheless two points off Chelsea and Liverpool – who are first and second respectively – after playing out a stalemate against Wolverhampton Wanderers last month. The Mancunian giants are set to face Les Gones for the first time in their history on Wednesday night.
Brazil international Ederson has been ever-present for the Citizens since the Premier League season begun and he should once more start between the sticks with his competitor Claudio Bravo out with a lengthy Achilles injury.
In defence, Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph should return their places on the right and left side of the backline after participating in the recent Premier League triumph versus Fulham.
Delph came in as a surprise replacement for Benjamin Mendy, who has been struggling with a knee problem and Wednesday’s game could come too soon for the Frenchman, given he has not featured in training in the lead-up to the game.
Meanwhile, the central defensive department may witness a straight swap with Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte making way for Vincent Kompany and John Stones respectively.
Kompany was rested for the 3-1 triumph over Fulham last weekend and he should be up for the Lyon challenge alongside Stones, who was left on the bench for the same encounter.
Onto the midfield, Guardiola does not have much room for changes with the injury to Kevin de Bruyne and he may consider sticking with the combination which worked efficiently against the Cottagers.
In this case, Fernandinho should take up the sheet anchor role with David Silva and Bernardo Silva playing just ahead of him in a three-man central-midfield partnership. David Silva marked his 350th appearance for City against Fulham.
Further forward, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling are pretty much certain to feature against Lyon after excelling against the Cottagers and the former, in particular, received a confidence-boost by finding the scoresheet in his first start of the season.
Sane and Sterling are likely to slot into their preferred positions on the left and right side of the attack respectively and we are anticipating Gabriel Jesus to lead the line with Sergio Aguero having picked up an ankle knock versus Fulham, which may restrict his gametime.
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