Champions of the previous season's Premier League and Champions League will meet in their first encounter since their Champions League final showdown in May. Manchester City will be geared up to defeat the Blues, as they do not want to suffer a fourth consecutive setback at the hands of the Premier League leaders.
When it comes to Saturday's Premier League match against Chelsea, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has his team fully healthy and ready to go once again.
Players who will start this weekend's match versus Chelsea are as follows:-
Ederson, Manchester City's first-choice goalkeeper, is slated to start in goal against Chelsea this coming Saturday.
2. Defensive measures
Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to be rested as the team's right-hand side is guaranteed to start with Kyle Walker on the right. Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake will continue to impress in the center back position as they have done for the past few months.
3. The center of the field
As a result, I expect Guardiola to pitch a midfield with two offensive midfielders and one defensive midfielder against Chelsea, with Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan joining Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan in the starting lineup. The presence of an excellent and experienced defensive midfielder such as Fernandinho will allow Kevin De Bruyne to focus more on attacking tasks in the midfield and be able to play in a more advanced attacking position on the pitch.
Despite the fact that he has not scored many goals since joining Manchester City, Grealish is certain to start because Guardiola believes that with the kind of quality he possesses, he can cause serious problems for Chelsea's defense. In this game, it is believed that Ferran Torres and Riyad Mahrez will start together after the two players were rested in the weekend's game against Southampton.
The following is my expected Manchester City lineup for the weekend match versus Chelsea: Andres Iniesta (Ederson); Walker (Dias), Ake (Cancelo), Fernandinho (Gundogan), KDB (Mahrez, Grealish), Torres (Grealish, Torres).
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