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Silva to make 250th Premier League City appearance

GOLDEN SILVA: David Silva is set to make his 250th Premier League appearance
David Silva makes his landmark 250th City Premier League appearance this afternoon as Pep Guardiola makes three changes from the side that beat Arsenal on the opening day of the Premier League season.

In come Silva, Vincent Kompany and Gabriel Jesus, with Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez dropping to the bench.

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Starting XI

Ederson, Stones, Kompany (c), Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Gundogan, D Silva, Bernardo, G Jesus, Aguero

Subs: Bravo, Otamendi, Walker, Sterling, Sane, Foden, Mahrez

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Possible formation:

With five midfielders, three centre backs and two strikers, it seems safe to assume City will go 3-5-2 this afternoon.

With Benjamin Mendy likely to occupy the left wing/back role, Bernardo Silva is most likely to play on the right.

Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan and the returning David Silva should take up the central positions.

The Blues have six different players starting compared with the side that drew 0-0 with Huddersfield last May.

Huddersfield starting XI:

Silva landmark

David Silva makes his 250th Premier League appearance this afternoon.

Only Joe Hart and Richard Dunne have more Premier League starts than the Spaniard who has created 75 goals in his eight years with the Club – more than any other player during that period.

He has made 346 appearances for the Blues in all competitions so is close in on his 350th appearance in all competitions.

Vincent Kompany will make his made 248th Premier League appearance today.

Terriers jinx?

Incredibly, City haven’t scored a home goal against Huddersfield in the league since our (well-documented!) 10-1 win over the Terriers in 1987.

In typical City style, the next four home games have ended 0-0, 0-1, 0-1 and last season, 0-0! That’s six hours without a goal since David White thumped home and injury time tenth 31 years ago.

If Huddersfield keep a clean sheet again this afternoon, they will be the first club to prevent the Blues scoring in five successive league games.

Though City did put five past the Terriers in a FA Cup replay in 2017, there was also a 0-0 FA Cup tie at Maine Road in 1988, meaning that today’s visitors have failed to concede in five of their last six visits in all competitions.

Home comforts

City are aiming to preserve a proud record of never having lost the first home game of the season during the Premier League era.

The Blues have played 21 times since the 1992/93 campaign, losing none of the opening Maine Road or Etihad Stadium fixtures.

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