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Man City predicted lineup vs Copenhagen

Manchester City can secure their spot in the last 16 of the Champions League with a victory over Copenhagen on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola’s team won the reverse fixture 5-0 last week and are heavy favourites to secure the win again here. But with a tricky meeting with Liverpool on the horizon, the boss will undoubtedly have some decisions to make when it comes to his team selection.

Here’s how Guardiola could set up.

Julian Alvarez

Alvarez can expect another run-out / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

GK: Ederson – The Brazilian will be expecting to secure his third clean sheet in four Champions League games this season.

RB: Rico Lewis – Joao Cancelo has been sensational recently and has likely earned a rest ahead of facing Liverpool. Guardiola has faith in Lewis and this is the perfect chance to prove it.

CB: Aymeric Laporte – As he continues his comeback from a knee injury, Laporte could benefit from another 90 quiet minutes.

CB: Ruben Dias – With a fair bit of rotation across his defence, Guardiola may opt to keep general Dias in the lineup.

LB: Sergio Gomez – Gomez’s young legs should have no problem dealing with the hectic fixture schedule, but don’t be surprised to see Josh Wilson-Esbrand off the bench.

DM: Rodri – Another who likely won’t play the full 90, Rodri is a key part of City’s build-up play.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – Gundogan wore the captain’s armband against Copenhagen last week and will likely repeat the honour here.

CM: Cole Palmer – Palmer played the second half against Copenhagen and could see more minutes this week to ensure Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne avoid any needless injuries.

RW: Julian Alvarez – Expect Alvarez to start out on the wing to make space for a certain somebody centrally,

ST: Erling Haaland – There will be one or two more goals for Haaland who, like he was last week, will surely be wrapped up in cotton wool at half-time.

LW: Jack Grealish – Grealish has been in good form for City recently and deserves the chance to maintain that momentum here.

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