Following the humdrum international break, the Premier League is back.
And England’s in-form side Manchester City are in action against the high flying Crystal Palace at 3pm on Saturday, and Manuel Pellegrini’s side are the firm favourites to extend their lead at the top of the table.
Manuel Pellegrini could hand Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin De Bruyne their away debuts; however, the Chilean manager isn’t likely to make any significant changes to his starting line up.
Here’s our predicted XI:
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GK – Joe Hart
The England international is yet to concede a goal in the Premier League this season, and while his job has been made easier by the excellent form of his team-mates, he still has to be on top form.
RB – Bacary Sagna
Fortunate to be getting a run in the side with firm first-choice Pablo Zabaleta out with a knee injury. However, the Frenchman has stepped up to the plate superbly and could give Zabaleta a run for his money upon his return to fitness. The concern remains whether Sagna is able to play after being forced off on international duty.
CB – Eliaquim Mangala
Mangala and Kompany have formed a formidable partnership in the heart of the defence, and new boy Nicolas Otamendi could struggle to push either centre-back out of Pellegrini’s side.
CB – Vincent Kompany
The City captain was rightly criticised for his performances last season, but looks to have returned to his best. He’s proved pretty handy in front of goal, too, scoring two goals in their first four games.
LB – Aleksandar Kolarov
Kolarov’s magical left foot leaves goalkeepers trembling at set pieces. He looks set for his fifth start having pushed Gael Clichy out of the side.