This is the team we are predicting Bruce will select for Saturday’s early match at home against the reigning champions Manchester City.
We think Bruce will make some bold selections after the disappointing display this past Monday at Villa Park. This team has four changes from the one that lost 2-0 earlier this week.
We think that Sean Longstaff will come straight back into the team after his 3 match ban. He will take Jonjo Shelvey’s place mainly due to his defensive capabilities. This is not a slight on how Jonjo has played recently, but we feel Longstaff is a better fit to combat this threatening Manchester City team.
We also see a complete revamp on the right side of the pitch. We have Christian Atsu coming in for Miguel Almiron, Emil Krafth in for DeAndre Yedlin, and Fabian Schar returning after missing the last four matches to his customary slot on the right side of the back three.
Emil Krafth is just a better defender than Yedlin, and Bruce will use that excuse to bring the Swede back into the team. Fabian Schar’s return allows Fernandez to lead the backline and also puts Clark back on the left where he has thrived since his inclusion in the team.
The big change is Christian Atsu for Miguel Almiron. We’ve been so impressed with Atsu this season. He’s not put a foot wrong this season, and even when he comes on as a substitute, he’s shown an ability to make wise decisions.
Miguel was dire against Aston Villa and with those types of performances, Bruce has to let the Paraguayan understand that his place is not a certainty.
We see the substitutes bench shaping up like this with no room for Dwight Gayle:
Darlow, Dummett, Lejeune, Yedlin, Shelvey, M.Longstaff, Carroll
With Shelvey’s absence, we think Ciaran Clark will captain this side. It’s going to be a very hard match to get anything out of and this team could limit any damage that Manchester City will be trying to inflict.
What Will Be The Result Of Saturday's Match Against Manchester City?
- Loss (76%, 878 )
- Win (13%, 150 )
- Draw (11%, 131 )
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