Man City team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Atalanta – Five changes ahead of Liverpool | Football
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is likely to rest a number of key players for the Champions League clash with Atalanta tonight.
City currently boast a perfect record from their three matches in the competition so far and are expected to rotate their squad with one eye on a crunch meeting with Liverpool on Sunday.
Guardiola’s side are six points behind the Reds in the Premier League and need a positive result at Anfield to bridge the gap, meaning certain players will not be risked against Atalanta.
However, City can secure qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League with victory over the Italian outfit so they will want to get the job done at the San Siro.
Ederson will continue in goal while John Stones is likely to retain his spot in central defence.
The England centre-back may be joined by Nicolas Otamendi although Eric Garcia is another option with Fernandinho likely to be rested and Aymeric Laporte a long-term absentee.
And Joao Cancelo could replace Kyle Walker at right-back after the latter’s match-winning contribution against Southampton at the weekend.
On the other side of defence, Benjamin Mendy could come in for Angelino with Oleksandr still out injured after surgery.
In midfield, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin de Bruyne are expected to start while Bernardo Silva could drop into a deeper role following David Silva’s muscle injury.
Rodri is also injured while Phil Foden is suspended following his red card in the 5-1 win over Atalanta at the Etihad.
Riyad Mahrez should return to the right flank and Gabriel Jesus could come in for Sergio Aguero if the Argentine striker is given the evening off.
However, Raheem Sterling could continue on the left wing, having bagged a hat-trick against Atalanta in the reverse fixture.
Manchester City predicted line-up vs Atalanta – Champions League
(4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Otamendi, Mendy; Gundogan, De Bruyne, B Silva; Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus