Manchester Metropolis host struggling Newcastle on the Etihad Stadium to spherical off the Premier League’s Boxing Day festivities.
Pep Guardiola’s facet head into the sport off the again of a cushty 4-1 win over Arsenal within the Carabao Cup, a end result that has arrange a mouthwatering semi-final tie with bitter rivals Manchester United.
Issues should not going so swimmingly within the Premier League, although. Metropolis are down in eighth place at present, trailing leaders Liverpool by eight factors with a sport in hand.
They do, nevertheless, have a really beneficial report over Steve Bruce’s Newcastle, one they’re going to be hoping to benefit from given the Magpies poor kind. Here is 90min‘s ideas on how Metropolis ought to line up after they’ve scoffed down some turkey.
Ederson (GK): The Brazilian has six clear sheets thus far, a determine solely Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martínez has bettered.
Kyle Walker (RB): His versatility and powers of restoration are simply two of quite a few world class traits.
Ruben Dias (CB): Has stabilised Metropolis’s defence following his summer time arrival, and is undisputed first selection.
John Stones (CB): With Aymeric Laporte now having fun with a watching transient, the beforehand discarded Stones is displaying indicators of getting again to his greatest.
Joao Cancelo (LB): Like Walker, Cancelo gives nice versatility – popping up on the precise towards Arsenal and, likely, the left right here.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM): Scored towards West Brom in Metropolis’s final dwelling sport and has been expectedly neat and tidy.
Rodri (CM): Seemed much more relaxed taking part in alongside Fernandinho midweek, however can be tasked with anchoring the midfield alone towards lowly Newcastle.
Kevin De Bruyne (CAM): The sensible Belgian has registered seven assists already and that quantity will improve quickly when Sergio Aguero is match and firing.
Phil Foden (RW): His purpose and help towards Arsenal has certainly earned him a return to beginning within the Premier League. Absolutely?
Gabriel Jesus (ST): Took his purpose properly in midweek and with Aguero nonetheless struggling for full health, he could get the nod once more.
Raheem Sterling (LW): Scored the decisive winner towards high-flying Southampton, however is a great distance wanting his greatest. Might fill his boots right here.