Pep Guardiola’s side can all but end any distant hope that Thomas Tuchel’s side still have of catching them at the top of the English elite division and, although there have been Covid issues in the City side, the strength of their XI against Swindon in the FA Cup would suggest there are plenty of stellar options available.
Riyad Mahrez, however, is on international duty with Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations,
Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva have all played in the FA Cup and, although Cole Palmer has impressed, it’s hard to see how the youngster starts a game of this magnitude apart from further fitness injuries.
Predicts Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Dias, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Sterling, Silva, Foden.
Kick off time: 12:30 p.m. GMT, Saturday January 15, 2022.
TV channel: BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.