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City will take on Brentford in a lunchtime kick-off on Saturday, and will look to keep up the pressure on league leaders Arsenal. The Gunners don’t play until Saturday evening, meaning a win would see City move to the top of the pile for a few hours at least.
Pep Guardiola has a near-full compliment of players to pick from for the match – only Kyle Walker remains sidelined as he continues to recover from a groin injury.
The fitness of Erling Haaland is the main talking point – although he came off the bench to score the winner against Fulham last weekend and was in the squad midweek, he has not fully recovered from a foot injury, so may not start.
The likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden started the midweek Carabao Cup defeat of Chelsea on the bench, so they could return to the starting XI.
Over the past few months Guardiola has tended to rotate his central defenders on a game-by-game basis, so it seems likely that he will do that on Saturday. If that is the case then Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte can expect to be replaced by Manuel Akanji and Nathan Ake, while John Stones could come in at right-back in place of 17-year-old Rico Lewis.
Joao Cancelo is available after serving a one-match suspension, so he will likely start at left-back.
Although Rodri did start against Chelsea on Wednesday, he was able to rest in the second half when he was replaced by Kalvin Phillips. A similar sharing of minutes could happen again on Saturday.