Man City predicted the line-up against Club Brugge


Manchester City host Club Brugge in the Champions League this week and want to quickly put Saturday’s Premier League defeat against Crystal Palace behind them.

Pep Guardiola does not face any major injury problems – Ferran Torres is the only City player to miss in that regard – but can choose to rotate his team in light of the defeat against Palace, the upcoming Manchester derby and the fact that City beat Brugge 5-1 in Belgium last month.

Here is a look at the starting eleven that the boss could choose …

John Stones has been missing minutes this season / Sebastian Frej / MB Media / GettyImages

Ederson (GK) – Understudy Zack Steffen can get a chance later in the group stage if City qualify early but the Brazilian retains his place until further notice.

Joao Cancelo (RB) – It still turns out to be Guardiola’s unbeatable force, having missed just 12 minutes in the Premier League and Champions League.

John Stones (CB) – Just made his second Premier League appearance of the season off the bench this weekend and could get minutes here.

Nathan Åke (CB) – Aymeric Laporte qualifies here but it may be unlikely he will play as some form of penalty for his red card on Saturday.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – Still waiting to build up minutes and match fitness then an injury in September and this is a chance.

Ilkay Gundogan Needs A Chance To Restore Herself / Sylvain Lefevre / GettyImages

Fernandinho (DM) – Could return to the side for only his fifth start of the season in all competitions to give Rodri a break.

Kevin De Bruyne (CENTIMETER) – Got an assist in Bruges last in Europe and played just under an hour this weekend so should be fresh.

Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – Still to regain his regular starting place since a hoarding injury in September, but this is a good chance for a start.

Home grown Cole Palmer may have a chance to start / Sebastian Frej / MB Media / GettyImages

Riyad Mahrez (RW) – Netted twice against Brugge in Belgium but has only been a substitute in each of the last two Premier League matches.

Cole Palmer (ST) – It would be a big call from Guardiola, but the teenager scored in the reverse match and could benefit from squad rotation.

Raheem Sterling (LW) – Still does not have the best season after struggling to establish himself as a starter. Got an assist in Belgium.

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