Sergio Aguero (knee) was not fit to return for the UEFA Champions League clash against Liverpool, and remains doubtful for the home clash against neighbours Manchester United. Given how important it will be to ensure he is fit for the second leg on Tuesday night, the Argentine appears an unlikely starter this weekend, so Gabriel Jesus may again start as the central striker. Raheem Sterling only played 33 minutes as a substitute at Anfield and should return to the side, but Bernardo Siva could provide fresh legs in place of Leroy Sane. Ilkay Gundogan only played 57 minutes on Wednesday night, and offers an alternative to David Silva or Kevin De Bruyne in central midfield. Fabian Delph was back on the bench in midweek, and could be handed a start at left-back in order to build his match sharpness up for the Liverpool fixture next week. John Stones is an option to start in central defence should Pep Guardiola look to rotate and rest Vincent Kompany ahead of the Liverpool encounter, while Danilo and Oleksandr Zinchenko provide further cover in the full-back positions. Benjamin Mendy is closing in on a first-team return, but won’t be ready for this match.
Walker – Stones – Otamendi – Delph
Silva – Fernandinho – De Bruyne
Sterling – Jesus– Sane