Pep Guardiola’s side may almost end any distant hopes Thomas Tuchel’s side still have of catching them at the top of England’s elite division and while there have been Covid issues in the City camp, the force from their XI against Swindon in the FA Cup would suggest there are plenty of star options available.

Riyad Mahrez, however, is out on international duty with Algeria at the African Cup of Nations,

Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva all played in the FA Cup game and while Cole Palmer impressed, it’s hard to see a way for the youngster to start a game of this magnitude without further physical injury.

Manchester City predicted the XI (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Dias, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus, Foden

start time: 12:30 pm GMT, Saturday, January 15, 2022.

television channel: BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.

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