MANCHESTER CITY face Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday – but who will start for the champions?
“Man City booked their place in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup last night, with two Brahim Diaz goals enough to see off Fulham”
Pep Guardiola’s men booked their place in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup last night, with two goals from Brahim Diaz enough to see off Fulham at the Etihad.
The 19-year-old broke the deadlock within 18 minutes, capitalising on a loose ball in the box to fire past Sergio Rico and put the home side in front – albeit with the help of a wicked deflection off Aleksandar Mitrovic.
That was before he sealed the victory for City 25 minutes from time by smashing the ball into the roof of the net from close range.
Next up for Guardiola and co is a Premier League clash with Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors are struggling at the minute, failing to score in each of their last five outings.
City, though, are likely to be without Kevin De Bruyne.
The Belgian, who only returned from a two-month spell on the sidelines a fortnight ago, hobbled off in last night’s win over Fulham after colliding with Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
Claudio Bravo is definitely ruled out of Sunday’s game, while Ilkay Gundogan and Eliaquim Mangala are doubts.
It would be a surprise not to see Ederson in between sticks.
At the back; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy should start.
Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho and David Silva are likely to make up the midfield three.
And in attack, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling will be expected to flank Sergio Aguero.