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How Manchester City could line up against Manchester United

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Sports Mole looks at how title-chasing Manchester City could line up for Wednesday's crucial Premier League derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
By , Editor | 1mo

Manchester City face the biggest remaining test of their Premier League title defence on Wednesday night when they make the short trip to Old Trafford for the derby against Manchester United.

Pep Guardiola's side are still in control of the title race, but only victory in this game in hand will keep them in that position with two points currently separating them from leaders Liverpool.

City face a United side in poor form while they themselves have won 10 league games in a row, but they will also be wary of a backlash from the hosts following their 4-0 drubbing at Everton on Sunday.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how City could line up for the must-win showdown at the home of their greatest rivals.



Out: Kevin De Bruyne (hamstring), Claudio Bravo (Achilles)
Doubtful: None

> Click here for Manchester City's latest injury and suspension news ahead of this match

Guardiola confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Kevin De Bruyne will miss this game with the hamstring injury he sustained during the weekend win over Tottenham Hotspur.

City have a ready-made replacement in David Silva, who was dropped to the bench against Spurs, but Guardiola must also decide whether to keep faith with Phil Foden, who scored the only goal of the game at the Etihad.

Fernandinho is expected to come back into the team, which would in turn free Ilkay Gundogan up to play in a more attacking midfield role, while PFA Player of the Year contender Bernardo Silva could also drop deeper if required.

Bernardo has thrived in a front three alongside Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, though, and that trio is likely to start again on Wednesday.

Benjamin Mendy will hope to regain his starting spot at left-back, while Guardiola could be tempted to include the experience of Vincent Kompany in defence, with the Man City skipper having led by example in many previous derbies.

> Click here to see how Manchester United could line up for this match



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