Manchester City need to win to keep the pressure on league leaders Liverpool with a win against Wolves on Monday evening. 

The reverse fixture earlier in the season ended 1-1 and City will be hoping to redeem themselves with a win against a side who have become specialists against the division’s biggest clubs. 

Both sides will be in good spirits after big wins in the Cups, with City scoring 16 times in their last two outings.

Here’s how Pep Guardiola could line up his team at the Etihad on Monday.

3. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Ederson

Ederson (GK) – The undisputed number one at Manchester City, Ederson will be hoping to add to his clean-sheet tally of eight in the Premier League in 2018/19.

Kyle Walker (RB) – Scoring in the Carabao Cup will surely boost the England international’s confidence after an uncharacteristically shaky couple of games recently.

John Stones (CB) – Club captain Vincent Kompany recently named Stones as the best centre back partner he has ever had. The Englishman has made himself undroppable for Guardiola with his assured performances.

Nicolas Otamendi (CB) – Otamendi will come in for the injured Kompany. His strength and speed will be required to deal with the dangerous Raul Jimenez and Wolves’ attacking threat.

Aymeric Laporte (LB) – Laporte will need to be on his toes as Wolves will look to counter-attack throughout the game and could expose the Frenchman, who is more used to playing in the centre of the defence. 

2. Midfielders

David Silva

Fernandinho (DM) – The Brazil has rarely looked more essential to Man City than during this season, and his position may be the one Guardiola doesn’t have real cover for.

Bernardo Silva (CM) –  With De Bryune not quite ready to start, Silva will most likely be one of the creative threats for City alongside his namesake either side of Fernandinho.

David Silva (CM) – 33-year-old Silva has six goals and two assists in the Premier League so far this season, and despite his advancing years could be on course to beat his personal goal tally for a campaign with City (12).

1. Attackers

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Leroy Sane (LW) – The Wolves full backs will have a tough task of dealing with the speed and skill of Sane on Monday. The German has both seven goals and seven assists to his name in 2018/19.

Gabriel Jesus (ST) – 21-year-old Jesus may come in again for Sergio Aguero with the Argentine still a doubt. The Brazilian scored five in two games in the cup outings against Rotherham and Burton Albion.

Raheem Sterling (RW) – A regular in this ever-changing City team, Sterling is in fine form of late and will seek to cause some damage while adding to his nine goals this season.

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