Manchester City take on Barcelona today in a charity match that will raise money for the disease ALS.
The game will take place today at 8.30pm UK time, and will be available to watch on CITY+. Manchester City are expected to rest a few players, with a tough game against Crystal Palace on the horizon at 3pm Saturday in the Premier League.
Let’s take a look at the predicted line-up for Manchester City.
The Keeper is expected to get the nod over Ederson in net, and get a chance to showcase his abilities.
Kyle Walker will likely get a rest, and academy player Rico Lewis will get a chance just as he did in the pre-season game against Bayern Munich.
With Nathan Ake’s injury on Saturday against Newcaste, Pep Guardiola will be wary of adding more injuries to the list. Luke Mbete will likely get a chance to shine.
John Stones can get some more minutes in the tank and provide some experience for what is likely to be a young Manchester City side.
The new man is expected to be introduced to the Manchester City faithful. Sergio Gomez will make his debut today if he’s fit, and show all his new fans what he’s capable of.
Kalvin Phillips will replace Rodri and get some minutes on the clock. The midfielder has been short of time on the pitch since he joined, so this will be a chance for him to showcase his stuff.
On the bench for two games this season, Bernardo Silva will need the minutes. It will be interesting to see how he performs against the team that have chased him all summer.
Phil Foden will likely drop back into midfield and give Manchester City some added creativity in the area.
With Jack Grealish recovering from an injury, Cole Palmer will more than likely get the nod. The youngster will need some game time.
Another player in need of game time after been on the bench in the last game against Newcastle. Riyad Mahrez is almost certain to start tonight.
Another player who is almost certain to start, Julian Alvarez has had little to no match time for Pep Guardiola’s side this season, this will be a chance to impress.
Ferran Torres starts for Barcelona tonight
A little bit later than expected the Barcelona team has filtered through.
Similarly to City, it is no surprise to see some of the big guns rested to start with.
Starting XI: Inaki Pena; Roberto, Kounde, Pique, Alba; Busquets, De Jong, Kessie; Ferran, Aubameyang, Raphinha.
On the bench: Ter Stegen, Dest, Araujo, Dembele, Pedri, Lewandowski, Fati, Memphis, Christensen, Pjanic, Garcia, Abde, Balde, Gavi, Torre, Tenas.
City matchday squad CONFIRMED
Pep Guardiola has named his matchday squad for the friendly tonight.
What do you think of those decisions? It turns out Bernardo plays.
Starting XI: Ortega; Lewis, Walker (capt), Dias, Gomez; Phillips, Bernardo, Palmer; Mahrez, Alvarez, Foden.
On the bench: Ederson, Carson, Stones, Cancelo, Gundogan, Haaland, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bobb, Mbete, Knight, Wilson-Esbrand.
Haaland embraces cross-city rivalry
Erling Haaland has opened up on his relationship with Manchester United fans after the striker instead elected to join rivals Manchester City during the summer transfer window.
Haaland, 22, cost the Premier League champions around £51million and has hit the ground running. Here is what the Norwegian said during his in-depth interview with FourFourTwo magazine;
It’s all about banter and I enjoy that. I’ve already met some United supporters here in the city and we’re always joking with each other. Its about not taking everything too seriously. There are United fans in my hometown in Norway so I’ve always had to have a go at them. I’m used to this and I love it.