Manchester City vs Luton Town: City team news and predicted starting eleven

Up next for Manchester City is the visit of Luton Town to the Etihad Stadium. It is another crucial Premier League fixture for Pep Guardiola’s side. They will be looking to jump to top spot on the Premier League table with a win at the Etihad. While it may only be until tomorrow, when Liverpool and Arsenal are in action, it is a chance for the champions to put pressure on their title rivals. It is a must win game for Manchester City as they continue their quest for a fourth consecutive Premier League title.

Manchester City team news

Nathan Ake and Kyle Walker appear certain to miss today’s game against Luton Town. The pair didn’t travel to Spain for City’s midweek 3-all draw with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. It would appear unlikely that either will make Pep Guardiola’s squad for today’s game.

John Stones, Phil Foden, and Kevin De Bruyne were City’s other major injury concerns before today’s match. Guardiola told the media during his pre-game press conference yesterday that their availability for today’s match would be known after Manchester City trained yesterday.

Ederson is in line to return to the starting lineup today. He had been out of action since City’s 1-all draw at Liverpool last month with a thigh injury. But Pep Guardiola told the media yesterday that Ederson is available for selection. He said when asked about Ederson’s condition: “He was ready to play against Madrid. He is ready for tomorrow and we will make the decision.

Predicted Manchester City starting lineup

Ederson: Today could be the day for Ederson to return to the starting lineup. Stefan Ortega has done a magnificent job in his absence. It does like today is the day for Ederson to resume his role in goal.

Rico Lewis: The England international was on the bench during City’s midweek draw with Real Madrid. Given the situation at the back for the champions, he should return to the starting lineup today.

Ruben Dias: With no options to rotate at the back, Dias should start again today.

Manuel Akanji: Given that John Stones may be saved for Real Madrid next week, Akanji should play at centre back today.

Josko Gvardiol: With no Nathan Ake once again, Gvardiol appears certain to resume at left-back. He was sublime against Real and will be looking to continue his fine form if selected today.

Mateo Kovacic: Today’s game does seem like one of the few opportunities to rest a tired Rodri. If that is the case, Kovacic should line up in the heart of midfield.

Matheus Nunes: With Rodri in need of a rest, it could be the ideal opportunity for Matheus Nunes. The Portuguese international has barely featured lately but could start today.

Jeremy Doku: With Phil Foden picking up a knock late against Real Madrid Doku should take his place in the lineup today. He could be a match winner in a critical game for Pep Guardiola’s side today.

Kevin De Bruyne: De Bruyne missed City’s midweek game due to illness. He has been pictured at Manchester City training since then and should get the nod to start today.

Julian Alvarez: Another player who may be given an opportunity today. Alvarez has seen his form taper off lately, and a good showing today could come in handy for himself and Manchester City.

Erling Haaland: City’s number 9 scored 5 against Luton Town in the FA Cup earlier in the season. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him start today in a bid to continue his stunning form from the sides last meeting.

Tags Arsenal Ederson English Premier League Erling Haaland Jeremy Doku John Stones Josko Gvardiol Julian Alvarez Kevin De Bruyne Kyle Walker Liverpool Luton Town Manchester City Manuel Akanji Mateo Kovacic Matheus Nunes Nathan Ake Pep Guardiola Premier League title race Real Madrid Rico Lewis Rodri Ruben Dias Stefan Ortega