Predicted Manchester City XI vs Luton Town: Starting Lineup Insights
Midweek saw the Citizens fall to Aston Villa 1-0 without Rodri or Jack Grealish, who were both serving one-game bans for accumulation of yellow cards.
The two can now travel back south, while Kevin De Bruyne (hamstring) will undoubtedly miss the game, and Jeremy Doku’s knock will also need to be evaluated in the next few days.
Ederson, Kyle Walker, and Ruben Dias should all play the same roles in Guardiola’s backline this weekend; however, the Catalan coach might consider replacing Josko Gvardiol with Nathan Ake.
Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes are the visitors’ wildcard midfield possibilities off the bench, but a recall for Rodri and John Stones would also force Manuel Akanji to take a bench position.
If Doku can recover quickly, Grealish should challenge for a spot with Bernardo Silva, Julian Alvarez, and Phil Foden. Rico Lewis benefited from injuries and suspensions to start the match against Villa.
Erling Haaland, who avoided punishment for his outburst towards Simon Hooper against Spurs, had City’s only two shots on goal at Villa Park, but Emiliano Martinez denied him both times.
Nevertheless, there’s no arguing the Norwegian’s position at the forefront of the assault.
Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Stones, Rodri, Silva, Alvarez, Foden, Grealish, and Haaland might be Manchester City’s starting lineup.