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Man City predicted lineup vs PSG - Champions League

Craig Vickers
Guardiola on the touchline
Guardiola on the touchline / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages
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Manchester City could seal top spot in Group A as they welcome PSG to the Etihad Stadium in the Champions League group stage.

Pep Guardiola's side have recovered from their defeat to the Parisiens in the reverse fixture in September to put themselves in poll position to progress to the knockout stages, recording back-to-back victories over Club Brugge in the interim.

Their victory over Everton in the Premier League at the weekend made it three wins on the spin in all competitions, ensuring confidence is high heading into a meeting against a PSG side which boasts a wealth of talent.

Here's how Guardiola could line his side up.


Man City predicted lineup vs PSG - Champions League

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Kyle Walker
Walker against Mbappe will be a fascinating battle / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Ederson (GK) - The Brazlian's distributions remains the gold standard among goalkeepers in Europe.

Kyle Walker (RB) - His recovery pace in the backline will be vital against the explosiveness of Kylian Mbappe.

John Stones (CB) - The former Everton defender has improved immeasurably under Guardiola in the last few seasons.

Ruben Dias (CB) - An old-school central defender, never more pleased than when he's making a last-ditch block.

Joao Cancelo (LB) - A creative option at full back, with his ability to step inside and thread passes into the forward line a crucial asset for City.

2. Midfielders

Bernardo Silva
Silva celebrates after netting against Man Utd / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Rodri (DM) - Orchestrates play in midfield, always available to take the ball off of City's central defenders.

Ilkay Gundogan (CM) - City's top goalscorer last term, with his ability to break into the penalty box unchecked making him such a dangerous opponent. Should keep his spot as Kevin De Bruyne remains in isolation.

Bernardo Silva (CM) - The standout player under Guardiola this season, constantly unnerving defences with his jinking dribbles through the heart of the pitch.

3. Forwards

Phil Foden
Foden could shine once again on the European stage / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Riyad Mahrez (RW) - Has fallen out of favour in recent weeks, but he could return to the side amid a couple of injuries.

Gabriel Jesus (ST) - Didn't feature in the win over Everton, perhaps with this fixture in mind.

Phil Foden (LW) - Could move inside to fill the false nine role in De Bruyne's absence, but his ability to stretch the play on the flank will be vital.

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