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Manchester City predicted XI: Injuries forcing the changes for the champions

Manchester City predicted XI: Injuries forcing the changes for the champions

Manchester City continued their deadly goalscoring streak against Brighton & Hove Albion as Pep Guardiola’s men smashed the Seagulls 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium, putting the Citizens on 14 goals in four games so far – the joint-most across England’s top four tiers.

City have continued their frightening form from last season into this campaign and have only dropped points thanks to a late controversial VAR decision against Tottenham Hotspur.

Indeed, Guardiola has got his men firing on all cylinders once again with the likes of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero producing mesmeric performances so far.

So, with goals expected, how will the Spaniard line up against Norwich City today?

City are currently experiencing a slight injury dilemma with Aymeric Laporte joining the likes of Benjamin Mendy and John Stones in the physio room. Because of this, Fernandinho could slot in at the back with the ability to play in defence.

Furthermore, the injury to Mendy should ensure Zinchenko keeps his spot at left-back. The Ukrainian has played every minute so far, averaging 72 passes per game at a 90.6% success rate (as per WhoScored).

At right-back, Kyle Walker should keep his spot based on the fact summer signing Joao Cancelo has played just 90 seconds so far. The ex-Juventus man missed most of City’s pre-season and therefore should ease his way into the side from the bench.

In midfield, an illness to Ilkay Gundogan forced him to leave the Germany squad over the break, which should force in Rodri, who achieved an 8/10 for his magnificent display against Brighton (as told by M.E.N).

Elsewhere, the ‘sensational’ David Silva scored a 9/10 and registered two assists against the Seagulls, whilst Kevin De Bruyne earned an 8/10, scoring and assisting in that match – the two undoubtedly should retain their places.

Up top, Sergio Aguero leads the charts with his six goals in the four games thus far. The Argentine has been in majestic form and should keep his spot, especially considering the slight niggle to Gabriel Jesus.

Alongside Aguero, Raheem Sterling is just short of the 31-year-old with five goals himself and the Englishman has averaged a performance rating of 7.96 this season (as per WhoScored).

Completing the lineup should be Bernardo Silva, replacing Riyad Mahrez. Silva scored with his first touch against Brighton and has averaged 3.3 shots per game, as opposed to Mahrez’s 1.3.

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