4 changes by Pep, rare start for £100k-p/w outcast: Predicted Man City XI v Olympiakos – opinion
Manchester City travel to Olympiakos on Wednesday night in the hope of securing their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a win against the Greek side.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won all three of their opening fixtures in Group C and sit comfortably top, so this could be an opportunity for the Citizens to make plenty of changes, with one eye no doubt on Saturday’s game against Burnley in the Premier League.
There are already signs that Guardiola may field a slightly weakened starting 11, with it reported that both Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker haven’t travelled to Greece for Wednesday night’s game.
Meanwhile, the likes of Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko have all recovered from injury in time for the Champions League fixture, so will be in contention for a start.
Here’s how Football FanCast thinks Guardiola will line his side up in Piraeus…
Ederson keeps his place in goal but there is plenty of defensive changes that could be made by Guardiola, with Joao Cancelo likely to start at right-back considering Walker has been left at home.
Mendy has a point to prove on Wednesday and must impress at left-back after recovering from injury, as Cancelo has deputised well there so far this season.
Ruben Dias should be rested for this game, with John Stones making a rare start under Guardiola. The England international was linked with a move away during the summer and the former Everton man, who earns £100k per week at City, has made just one Premier League appearance so far this season.
Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan add the experience in midfield, as this game may come too soon for Fernandinho to start but if City are comfortable we may see him make a return from the bench.
Phil Foden should start as an attacking-midfielder, whilst Ferran Torres will be hoping to improve on his impressive return in the Champions League thus far, by starting as a left-winger.
Bernardo Silva can give his confidence a much-needed boost by scoring or assisting in this game, so Guardiola should trust him to start on the right-wing.
Meanwhile, legendary striker Sergio Aguero should get some much-needed minutes under his belt after returning from injury in the recent loss against Tottenham Hotspur, with Gabriel Jesus given a rest unless he is needed to make a difference against Olympiakos.
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