Manchester Metropolis welcome Brentford to the Etihad Stadium within the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime.
Pep Guardiola’s aspect have romped to 16 consecutive victories on house turf throughout all competitions in a sequence stretching again to April. Nevertheless, that is nonetheless in need of the 20 they accrued in the course of the 2017/18 marketing campaign.
Here is the XI Guardiola might deploy to edge one win nearer to that centurion classic.
GK: Ederson – The 29-year-old keeper wasn’t alive when Brentford final scored a purpose in opposition to Metropolis courtesy of Eddie Could in a 1989 League Cup defeat.
RB: John Stones – After making precisely 200 Premier League appearances with no single help, Stones has created two objectives in his final six top-flight outings.
CB: Manuel Akanji – The crown tattoo on Akanji’s arm matches effectively together with his center identify Obafemi, which suggests: “The one who’s liked by the king.”
CB: Nathan Ake – After the lockdown-interrupted 2019/20 marketing campaign – throughout which Ake taught himself learn how to play the piano – the Dutch worldwide joined Metropolis.
LB: Joao Cancelo – If Cancelo could make it to half-time with out getting despatched off it will likely be a extra profitable look than his final Etihad outing.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne – Metropolis’s creator-in-chief surpassed membership icon David Silva (92) within the Premier League’s all-time assists charts this season.
CM: Rodri – The return to health of Kalvin Phillips ought to afford Rodri some much-needed respite however that particular rotation might have to attend till after the World Cup.
CM: Bernardo Silva – The one superstition Bernardo has earlier than a match is getting himself and Riyad Mahrez – one in every of his closest pals within the squad – a espresso an hour forward of kick-off.
RW: Riyad Mahrez – Metropolis’s high scorer throughout all competitions final season notched simply his fourth of the marketing campaign in midweek.
ST: Erling Haaland – “About time,” was the temporary response Alfie Haaland tweeted after his son matched his profession tally of Premier League objectives (18) in opposition to Fulham final weekend.
LW: Phil Foden – After beginning the membership’s first ten Premier League matches – scoring six objectives and aiding one other three – Foden has been benched for the previous three. Maybe the most recent spin of Pep roulette might land on blue 47 this weekend.