- Man City can qualify for the knockout stage of Champions League with a victory on Tuesday.
- Cityzens beat Young Boys 3-1 in reverse fixture
- Erling Haaland is likely to miss the hosts’ games due to an ankle injury
Manchester City has made a good start to their Champions League title defense and will be hoping to secure their spot in the knockout stage on Tuesday.
After winning their first three matches in Group G, Young Boys will qualify to the Round of 16, if they win at Etihad.
Rodri’s return to the team has brought the normalcy back into the mix after their mishap before the international break in October. Cityzens are unbeaten in their last four matches across all competitions and have a 6-1 win over Bournemouth at the weekend.
Pep Guardiola is likely to rotate his team in midweek. Here’s what he might choose.
Man City vs Young Boys: Predicted lineup (4-3-3)
Jeremy Doku was the star of the show at the weekend / Visionhaus/GettyImages
Ederson:Guardiola can swap goalkeepers with Stefan Ortega who has proven himself in the City nets. Ortega could get his minutes once City progresses.
Rico Lewis, RB – Kyle Walker is due a break after a superb season. He deserves it before the trip to Chelsea on Sunday. Lewis may be selected and move into the midfield.
Ruben Dias, CB –Dias is a new banker for Tuesday. He was not used as a substitute Saturday.
John Stones, CB – Stones has been withdrawn from the team at the weekend. He could be starting again midweek. Lewis will be in the squad, so he won’t have to play with Rodri at midfield.
Josko Gvardiol, LB – Like Dias’s absence against Bournemouth, Gvardiol should be back in the starting line up for this Champions League fixture.
DM Rodri –Will Kalvin Philips receive a rare debut? No, most likely not.
Matheus Nunes, CM – It’s been quiet for Nunes in his City career so far. But he will likely have a chance at midweek to shine as Guardiola shuffles the midfielders.
Bernardo Silva, CM –After his superb performance on Saturday, Bernardo Silva could rest ahead of the weekend. Portugal’s international has been in excellent form.
Phil Foden, RW – Foden can play many roles if he is selected in the first XI. England’s Foden scored from the bench in Bournemouth.
ST. Julian Alvarez With Erling Haaland not likely to play due to an injury to his ankle, Alvarez could be the City captain on Tuesday. He has dropped to a more central position since 2023/24.
Jack Grealish – Everyone is talking about Jeremy Doku’s magnificent display against Bournemouth. But Grealish can still be pretty impressive, too, you guys. The Englishman played superbly in City’s Manchester Derby victory.