Sterling and Sane Out, Bernardo Silva To Start – Strongest 4-1-2-3 Man City Line-up To Face Shakhtar Donetsk

Predicted Manchester City Line-up To Face Shakhtar Donetsk In The Champions League

Manchester City may be leaving it too late in games to take all three points but they are getting the work done, like they did against West Ham United at the weekend. Pep Guardiola’s team are the favourites to run away with the league title and his side are also in line to go all the way in the Champions League this season.

Having already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition as group toppers, the Citizens play their final group stage game this week, when they travel to Shakhtar Donetsk, who actually need at least a point, to move into the next round. It will be interesting to see if Guardiola rests any of his stars.

Team News

Manchester City have David Silva out injured and have John Stones and Benjamin Mendy on the sidelines as well. Kevin De Bruyne is suspended and is hence unavailable.

Formation: 4-1-2-3

Manager: Pep Guardiola

GK – Claudio Bravo

Guardiola has rotated his shot-stoppers this season and should give Bravo a chance in this dead rubber.

RB – Kyle Walker

The former Spurs man has little back up for his role in the first-team and should start this game at right-back.

CB – Vincent Kompany

The Belgian was not in the starting XI against West Ham but is expected to be back in action against Shakhtar.

Nicolas Otamendi

CB – Nicolas Otamendi

Easily City’s best defender this season, Otamendi has been solid at the back for his side and should partner Kompany in this game.

LB – Danilo

After a decent outing at left-back at the weekend, Danilo should keep his place in the side for this trip to Ukraine.

CDM – Yaya Toure

Toure put in a good shift in the previous game of the competition and Guardiola should stick with him for another game.

CM – Ilkay Gundogan

Though he’s not back to his best, Gundogan has a role to play in this Manchester City side and this game will be a good opportunity for him to find some form.

CM – Phil Foden

With both Silva and De Bruyne unavailable, Pep might find this as a great opportunity to hand the young Phil Foden a start.

RW – Bernardo Silva

Yet to adjust to life in England, Silva should start this game on the right flank, giving Raheem Sterling a deserved rest.

Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus

LW – Gabriel Jesus

Having lost his place in the starting XI recently, Jesus will be hoping to take this opportunity to prove his worth to his manager.

ST – Sergio Aguero

Though it is not a must-win game for City, Guardiola should give Aguero atleast an hour, as he can win games like these for his side with minimal effort.

Here is how Man City might line up:

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