City will host Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Friday night as they look to secure a positive result at home in the FA Cup fourth round. The Manchester club’s recent 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers will keep their spirits high going into this game.
Pep Guardiola will set up his team in a 4-3-3 formation and is expected to name a strong starting XI for this game. Erling Haaland scored a hat-trick last weekend, so Guardiola will re-appoint him as a centre-forward later in the week. In terms of goals, Stefan Ortega will play between the Manchester club’s goals, while Ederson is rested on the bench.
4-3-3 Man City vs Arsenal Predicted Lineup
Stefan Ortega will be at home to Manchester City as he looks to keep a clean sheet at home. Ortega’s selection means Ederson will sit on the bench. Manuel Akanji will play alongside Ruben Dias at the heart of Guardiola’s defence, as they look to keep a solid backline for 90 minutes.
Kyle Walker will fill in at right back, while Nathan Ake will look to impress at left back on the other side. They’ll all be given permission to step up and play the offense so they can provide some decent support for the frontcourt players.
John Stones and Aymeric Laporte will have to settle on the bench as they provide cover at centre-back.
Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri and Bernardo Silva will form City’s midfield as they look to perform well in the center of the park and create enough chances for their team to win the FA Cup home games.
Kalvin Phillips and Ilkay Gundogan will have to sit on the bench as they await their chance to shine in the second 45 minutes if need be.
Julian Alvarez will play on the left wing, while Riyad Mahrez will look to work his magic from the right. Mahrez has been in good form lately and will be a constant threat in the final third.
Erling Haaland will be at the spearhead of Manchester City’s attack following his recent Premier League hat-trick against Wolves. The Norwegian striker will carry the bulk of the Manchester giants’ scoring duties in the attacking end of the pitch.