Manchester City return to Premier League action on Saturday, looking to get back to winning ways as they host Wolves.
Pep Guardiola’s men will have to bounce back from a disappointing 2-1 defeat at RB Leipzig on Tuesday – a result that rounded off their Champions League group stage in disheartening fashion.
Prior to that loss, however, City had gone on a seven-match winning run across all competitions and now head into the weekend’s round of fixtures sitting pretty at the Premier League summit.
They face eighth-placed Wolves on Saturday, who have just hit a bit of a rocky patch after finding some momentum under Bruno Lage. Here’s who Guardiola could opt to play in order to get a win.
Ederson (GK) – Zack Steffen played well on Tuesday night, although Ederson will certainly return to the lineup for Premier League action.
Kyle Walker (RB) – Had an absolute nightmare in Leipzig, but will likely continue at right-back for Guardiola’s side.
Ruben Dias (CB) – Was rested in midweek and only featured for a few minutes at the death, so should be raring to get back into the heart of that City defence.
Aymeric Laporte (CB) – Wasn’t involved in Leipzig but, after playing the full 90 against Watford last weekend, should be okay to play here.
Joao Cancelo (LB) – Already boasts two goals and six assists in all competitions this term and, having played in each of City’s league fixtures so far, will surely feature once more.
Bernardo Silva (CM) – In absolutely red hot form at the moment and will certainly return to the starting XI having been rested on Tuesday.
Rodri (CM) – Was also absent for the trip to Leipzig but will come back into the fold to provide his effortlessly effective touch at the base of midfield.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – Guardiola has a plethora of options to pick from when it comes to the roles beyond his midfield anchor but Gundogan could be in for another start here, having skippered City in four of their last five Premier League outings.
Kevin De Bruyne (CF) – Hasn’t been anywhere near his best of late, but he’s always capable of putting on a masterclass.
Raheem Sterling (LW) – A series of strong performances – and two goals and an assist in his last four league outings – should see Sterling ward off any competitors for a left-wing berth.