Manchester City once again stand on the edge of glory. Two wins and the Premier League crown is ours for the fourth time. Newcastle in 2012; Aston Villa in 2014; the penultimate game of the season this time sees us face a team who beat us at the King Power earlier in the season, Leicester City. It feels like it needs that Yaya Toure or that Edin Dzeko performance from someone.
So will it be some of the old guard to show some steel, or will one of the new blood take the game in their hands? We’ll have to wait and see. Needless to say, crucial doesn’t even come close to describing the magnitude of this match, and with a potential domestic treble in sight, the Blues have the opportunity to create history.
In Pep Guardiola’s press conference, he confirmed that he doesn’t know if Kevin De Bruyne will play again this season with the hamstring injury he picked up against Tottenham continuing to hinder his recovery. Adding to that he also said Fernandinho is back in light, gym training so his fitness will be decided just before the clash.
CITY XTRA LINE-UP PREDICTION
We start as always with Ederson in goal, who this week had a conversation with none other than Tommy Robinson. Let’s hope he can block shots faster than he can deny links to the right wing.
Kyle Walker has made the most appearances from an outfield player for City this season and with his good form will remain at right back. It seems nowadays that it is Aymeric Laporte and then a partner, and I think it’ll be John Stones on Monday night to combat Jamie Vardy’s pace. That leaves Oleksandr Zinchenko to complete the back four, which I’m seriously doubting will consist of Benjamin Mendy again this season.
With Fernandinho’s fitness in question, Ilkay Gündogan will operate the six role but will have to be a lot more defensively wary against a skilful Leicester side. Ahead of him, David Silva is as certain as anyone to start and his experience will be crucial in pulling City over line. I toyed also with the idea of Phil Foden starting his third home league game in a row, but instead I’ve opted for Bernardo Silva to stay central, much like he has been to our entire season.
That leaves the dynamic front three which consists of PFA Young Player of the Year and FW Player of the Year, Raheem Sterling. On the other side, I think Leroy Sané will be better suited to a side like Leicester as they don’t sit back and his pace in behind could be key. Sergio Agüero spent his time off featuring in a new music video. His moves? Still up for debate. All I’m concerned about is his moves on the pitch and with Mohammed Salah moving two goals ahead of him in the race for the Golden Boot, he’ll be hungry to chase him down.
City Bench: Aro Muric, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Danilo, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus.
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