Pep axes “exceptional” star, Aguero starts in 6 changes: Predicted Manchester City XI – opinion

Pep axes “exceptional” star, Aguero starts in 6 changes: Predicted Manchester City XI – opinion

Manchester City can win the Premier League title this weekend should they win against Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon and Manchester United lose at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s side produced a superb display to win 2-1 against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek and, with the second leg to come next week, the Spaniard may well be tempted to make several changes to his line-up on Saturday.

However, he will be wary that, after dropping key players against Leeds United and Chelsea recently, his team came away with two defeats, which may prevent him doing the same against Roy Hodgson’s side.

The Eagles have all but secured their place in the Premier League next season but have history at the Etihad, winning 3-2 there in 2018 against a seemingly unbeatable Man City side.

Here’s how Football FanCast expects Guardiola to line up on Saturday, with six changes from the side which started against PSG in midweek…

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Unsurprisingly, Ederson keeps his place in goal, with the Brazilian closing in on the Golden Glove this season.

There are two changes in defence, as Aymeric Laporte comes in for Ruben Dias, who is rested, whilst his fellow Portuguese defender Joao Cancelo is left out after a disappointing display at PSG, despite his “exceptional” performances at times this season.

There is one change in midfield as Guardiola rotates Rodri and Fernandinho once again, with the Brazilian supported by Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan ahead of him.

It’s all change in attack, with Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres starting on the wings in place of Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden, who are both rested ahead of PSG. Meanwhile, the man for the big occasion, Sergio Aguero, starts up front in the hope that the Argentine can send City on their way towards another title win.

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