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How Manchester City could line up against Chelsea

Ahead of Sunday's Community Shield clash between Chelsea and Manchester City, Sports Mole predicts how the Citizens may line up at Wembley.

Premier League champions Manchester City get their 2018-19 campaign up and running this weekend when taking on Chelsea in the Community Shield.

On the back of a record-breaking campaign that saw them rack up triple figures in the top flight, the Citizens will be looking to flex their muscles in Sunday's showdown at Wembley Stadium.

Only one new senior addition has arrived so far this summer, with Riyad Mahrez being added to a squad already bursting with talent, but City's starting lineup may have an unfamiliar look to it as a number of key men remain absent after partaking in the World Cup.

Here, Sports Mole predicts how Pep Guardiola will set out his side against Chelsea.


Predicted Manchester City XI vs. Chelsea

Guardiola would have been relieved to hear earlier this week that the ankle injury sustained by Mahrez against Bayern Munich was nothing serious, and the Algeria international is now in contention to feature this coming weekend.

With this being City's final outing before the Premier League gets underway, the Catalan coach will be keen to give as many of his regulars playing time as possible.

Leroy Sane was a surprise omission against Bayern due to fitness concerns, but will surely be thrown into the mix at Wembley, while Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte fall into the same category.

After reaching the World Cup final with France, Benjamin Mendy cut short his holiday to link up with his clubmates in the United States, but he has yet to get any minutes on the field and will be slowly eased back in due to concerns over a knee injury.

Elsewhere, Claudio Bravo has started all three friendlies in the absence of regular first choice Ederson, while young forward Lukas Nmecha has also been used heavily and will likely be given a chance to impress against the FA Cup holders, as may Brahim Diaz and Claudio Gomes.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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