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How Manchester City could line up against Leicester City

Ahead of the Boxing Day clash between Leicester City and Manchester City, Sports Mole looks at Pep Guardiola's side could line up against the Foxes.

Manchester City make the trip to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on the back of a surprise defeat to Crystal Palace.

Pep Guardiola had been hoping to close the gap on leaders Liverpool to four points, but the setback at the Etihad Stadium has handed a clear advantage to the Merseyside giants.

City are facing Leicester for the second time in the space of a week, having prevailed in a penalty shootout against the Foxes in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.

Guardiola has a number of selection dilemmas ahead of the game in the East Midlands, and here Sports Mole looks at how his team could line up on Boxing Day.



MCYXI VS. LEI

Out: Benjamin Mendy (knee), Claudio Bravo (Achilles), Eliaquim Mangala (knee)
Doubtful: David Silva (thigh), Vincent Kompany (muscular), Fernandinho (thigh)

Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero are both expected to feature in the starting lineup after successfully coming through outings from the bench at the weekend.

De Bruyne could be preferred to either Bernando Silva or Leroy Sane, while Aguero would take the place of Gabriel Jesus in attack.

Riyad Mahrez is also a likely inclusion against his former club, and Fabian Delph could be moved into midfield to accommodate Oleksandr Zinchenko being recalled at left-back.

Fernandinho will be assessed as he continues to recover from a thigh problem, while David Silva has returned to training after a similar issue.

John Stones may get the nod over Nicolas Otamendi in the centre of the backline.

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Leroy Sane is joined in celebration by Gabriel Jesus after scoring for Manchester City against Hoffenheim in their Champions League clash on December 12, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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