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Oleksandr Zinchenko is rested and Riyad Mahrez drops to the bench.
Ederson, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Fernandinho, Bernardo, D Silva, Sane, Sterling, Aguero
Subs: Muric, De Bruyne, Walker, Gundogan, Mahrez, Otamendi, G Jesus
It looks as though Aymeric Laporte may drop into the left-back slot for this evening’s game.
With no recognised left-back, Laporte looks the obvious choice – plus he has played there before.
If so, John Stones will partner skipper Vincent Kompany with Danilo again getting the nod at right-back.
Fernandinho will pin the midfield trio alongside David Silva and Bernardo Silva, with Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero the attacking trio.
The Blues’ title challenge would not end if Liverpool win this evening, but it will be that much harder to catch the Reds.
A draw would mean the champions still trailed by seven points and wouldn’t be the end of the world – but a win would end the Merseysiders’ unbeaten league record and slash their lead to just four points – a huge difference and potentially damaging for Jurgen Klopp’s men confidence-wise.
City are traditionally strong starters in the New Year, winning 11 out the last 12 games played at the start of the year.
The stats for this fixture have never been too rosy for the Blues over the years and have improved little in more recent times – our 5-0 win over the Reds last season was the only win in the last 11 meetings.
Liverpool have won just one of nine league meetings at the Etihad (2015), though they did win at the Etihad last season in the Champions League and in the League Cup in 2012.
City are hoping to end a run of 10 games in all competitions without a clean sheet – our worst run since February 2015.
A City win this evening would be Pep Guardiola’s 100th win as Blues manager (all competitions).
Sergio Aguero is looking to net his seventh successive home goal against the Reds – a Premier League record
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