After guaranteeing qualification to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, Manchester City players will focus once again on the Premier League with a visit to Turf Moor on Saturday, in the first game of Matchweek 13.
Pep Guardiola and his men could reclaim top spot on the table if Chelsea don't beat Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool aren't able to keep a clean sheet against Sunderland and City can score more than three unanswered goals against Burnley. It's a tricky match, but three points is more than enough this weekend. Guardiola hopes for a strong performance after poor games against Palace and Gladbach, and he's sure to name a strong team for Saturday's match.
Below is the starting eleven most likely to be picked by Pep to face Sean Dyche and his warriors:
Goalkeeper: Claudio Bravo
Bravo is getting more and more comfortable as Man City keeper and had good games at Palace and Gladbach, despite conceding goals in both matches. The Chilean is the undisputed starter and his distribution skills have clearly improved over the last few weeks. It's a no-brainer here.
Defense: Pablo Zabaleta, John Stones, Aleksandar Kolarov, Gaël Clichy
Zabaleta is a doubt with a knock, but the Argentinean should be ready to start. If he doesn't, Bacary Sagna will go at right-back. Stones will play, and since City are likely to keep possession for more than 70% of the time, Kolarov might be picked ahead of Otamendi so Guardiola can have two ball-playing center-backs, with Clichy returning to the lineup.
Midfield: Fernandinho, Leroy Sané, Yaya Touré, David Silva, Nolito
It's nearly impossible to predict this part of the pitch, expect from Fernandinho, who will play forever. Yaya Touré is very likely to play after his heroic return last week, but then we just can't be certain of the rest of the team. Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling played the full 90 minutes in the last two games, and did a lot of running in Germany after Fernandinho's red card. They can get first half rest and come on in the final period, so Leroy Sané and Nolito could get a chance to impress the boss at Turf Moor.
Striker: Kelechi Iheanacho
Sergio Agüero is doubtful to play with a knock in his foot, so Iheanacho is very likely to play from the first whistle in this one. Gabriel Jesus is coming in just a month, so the Nigerian has to impress the boss in the next few weeks.
That's our predicted lineup! What would be your favorite starting team on Saturday, City fans?