Pep Guardiola is expected to rotate his players for Manchester City’s FA Cup clash with Swansea this weekend.City head into the match on the back o
Pep Guardiola is expected to rotate his players for Manchester City’s FA Cup clash with Swansea this weekend.
City head into the match on the back of a thumping 7-0 victory over Schalke as they booked their spot in the Champions League quarter-finals, triumphing 10-2 on aggregate.
Several fringe players are likely to get the nod against the Swans with Fabian Delph potentially in line for his first start since January.
The England international could join David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan in midfield with Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho still out injured.
Fernandinho is expected to return against Fulham next week but De Bruyne’s hamstring problem is more serious with no comeback date set.
Claudio Bravo is still sidelined so Ederson will continue in goal while Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy are both doubts.
Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones have been utilised as a central defensive partnership in the FA Cup this season and are likely to get the nod again with Aymeric Laporte rested.
Danilo could shift to left-back in place of Oleksandr Zinchenko while Kyle Walker is expected to retain his spot on the opposite flank.
Riyad Mahrez should come in for Raheem Sterling while Leroy Sane is expected to line up on the left.
Gabriel Jesus is likely to get the nod in attack with Sergio Aguero dropping out after his two goals in midweek.
City have enjoyed an relatively easy run to the quarter-finals, hammering Rotherham 7-0 in the Third Round before seeing off Burnley 5-0 and Newport County 4-1.
Victory over Swansea will put Guardiola’s side in an excellent position to triumph, with the next highest-placed teams – Wolves and Manchester United – playing each other on Saturday night.
Manchester City predicted line-up vs Swansea City – FA Cup
(4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Danilo; Delph, D. Silva, Gundogan; Mahrez, Sane, Jesus