Taming the Wolves – Predicted XI for Manchester City vs Wolves (Premier League)

Manchester City return to Premier League action this weekend after a midweek win against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champion League. This Sunday sees Wolves make the trip up to the Etihad for a 2pm kick-off. City will not want to drop anymore points in the League, and increase the five-point gap between the Champions and leaders Liverpool.

Despite having a slow start to the season, Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves team are still a strong side that are more than capable of causing an upset to Manchester City’s attempt to win a hat trick of Premier League titles.

TEAM NEWS 

Coming into this weekend’s action, the only new injury issue is unfortunately Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian suffered a slight injury after the game against Everton and therefore missed City’s midweek match. The good news is however, that Pep Guardiola confirmed his pre-match press conference that it’s not a serious injury and Kevin should be match fit after the upcoming international break, along with John Stones.

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PREDICTED XI

Once again, any potential last-minute injuries aside, I think it’s safe to assume Ederson will start Sunday’s match in goal for City. I can also see the centre-back pairing of Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho keeping their places. As for the full-backs, while Benjamin Mendy and Joao Cancelo played midweek, I think Pep Guardiola will rotate them with Kyle Walker and Oleksandr Zinchenko coming back into the side.

For the midfield, I think Pep will stick with the same three that started against Dinamo Zagreb in the week. Rodri has been fantastic recently and has become a vital figure for City in the last few weeks. So I can only see Rodri being an important player against Wolves, with their versatile midfield and attack. David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan will make up the rest of the Manchester City midfield.

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As for the attack, I think Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus will return to the starting XI. Sterling played for the majority of the second-half against Zagreb and scored City’s opening goal. Jesus on the other hand only came on in the last few minutes of the match, replacing Sergio Aguero. As for the remaining attacking position, due to his incredible run of form recently, I can see Riyad Mahrez keeping his place in the starting XI!

Substitutes: Claudio Bravo, Joao Cancelo, Angelino, Eric Garcia, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero.

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