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Fresh legs galore – How Manchester City could line up against Wolves

The Citizens are pulling further away at the top and will be able to ring the changes in midweek.

 
8:32am on Monday 1st March 2021
By
Nicholas Hughes

Manchester City are now 12 points clear atop the Premier League and will look to extend their lead when they host Wolves on Tuesday night.

City had to grind a 2-1 win against West Ham at the weekend while Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea and Leicester’s defeat to Arsenal played further into their hands.

Pep Guardiola welcomed Sergio Aguero back into the starting lineup in that clash, with the Argentine lasting just over an hour in his return from injury and illness.

The No.10 couldn’t find the net in the match, but the two goalscorers against West Ham should remain in position for this clash – Ruben Dias and John Stones, in central defence.

Stones has flourished in recent months and is keeping Aymeric Laporte out of the side, adding what was the third goal of his campaign, all of which have come in just the past eight games.

Oleksandr Zinchenko has similarly enjoyed somewhat of a turnaround this season and should remain at right-back, while Joao Cancelo will hope to come in on the right in place of Kyle Walker.

Fernandinho has started the last two games in the No.6 role but should make way for Rodri on Tuesday, with Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan likely to continue ahead of him.

City have the blessing of options up front, and Guardiola could go with an entirely different front three from the West Ham game.

Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva could all come into the side. All three of them have scored in their last three games and, in Aguero’s absence and Gabriel Jesus’ poor form, they have emerged as Guardiola’s favoured front three.

City have the Premier League title as good as sewn up but will be out to shatter yet more records by continuing their winning run, which currently stands at 14 Premier League games.

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