The Manchester City Lineup That Should Start Against Leicester

Usually when Pep Guardiola comes to name the starting XI for his side's upcoming match he's got two or three world class players to pick from in each position - not this weekend though.

City's squad is currently strewn with injuries and illnesses, meaning the Spanish tactician is going to need all of his experience and nous to steer his side to victory.

Gabriel Jesus, Nicolás Otamendi, Sergio Aguero, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva and João Cancelo are all ruled out through injury, while Aymeric Laporte and İlkay Gündoğan are unavailable having tested positive for coronavirus.

Without a senior centre-forward to call upon, Guardiola is going to have to experiment. Here's how City are expected to line up this Sunday...

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Ederson (GK) - The Brazilian sat out City's midweek Carabao Cup win over Bournemouth but will be restored to the starting XI on Sunday.

Kyle Walker (RB) - The England right-back looked as though his position could be under threat last season, but he's fought off any competition and looks to be City's number one right-back yet again this campaign.

Nathan Aké (CB)
- Made his debut against Wolves last week and looked solid and assured. Eyebrows were raised when City forked out £35m for his services, but the early signs are promising. He's there to back up Laporte, and he's doing it.

John Stones (CB) - Looked to be destined for pastures new this summer, though Guardiola's hand has perhaps been forced with a number of his senior centre-backs suffering injuries. That being said, he produced a composed display at Molineux against the quality Raúl Jiménez.

Benjamin Mendy (LB) -
Injuries have plagued his time at the club, though if he can stay fit he's got all the physical attributes to thrive under Guardiola.

2. Midfielders

Fernandinho (CDM) - Even at 35, he's as influential as he's ever been at City. A quality operator who allows Kevin De Bruyne to showcase his attacking talents.

Rodri (CDM) - City's dismal defence of their Premier League crown perhaps overshadowed his seamless move into the starting XI. Technically brilliant and could be a key player for years to come.

Kevin De Bruyne (CM) - Suffered a blow to the head in the midweek win over the Cherries, but Guardiola has confirmed he'll be fit in time for the visit of the Foxes.

3. Forwards

Phil Foden (RW) - Has looked one of City's best players since the restart in June. His confidence will be sky high, having bagged in both of his side's matches so far this season.

Raheem Sterling (ST) -
May well be the player tasked with playing down the middle in the absence of a recognised frontman. Has operated in a central role previously, so it shouldn't be an issue if he is the man chosen to spearhead the front three.

Ferran Torres (LW) -
Usually operates on the right, but could be shoehorned into the left forward position. Was afforded a brief cameo in City's win over Wolves but this could represent his full Premier League debut.

Source : 90min