Manchester City are, quite simply, blowing their opponents out of the water in England at the moment. Another stunning performance last weekend resulted in a 7-2 demolition of Stoke City, and few would relish the prospect of coming up against their multi-pronged attack in such flying form.
Tonight, however, a side with an even better record than City so far this season arrives at The Etihad. Napoli are the only side in any of Europe’s top divisions to maintain a 100% record at this stage, and they’ve scored just 3 goals fewer than their rampant hosts in the process.
With such quality opposition coming to visit, it’s absolutely vital than Pep Guardiola gets his team selection right. This is the XI we expect him to go with:
|PLAYER||% MINS PLD||GLS||AST.|
|0||0||0 / 0|
|0||4||1 / 1|
|1||0||3 / 0|
|2||0||0 / 0|
|0||1||2 / 0|
|1||8||1 / 0|
|1||0||2 / 0|
|2||6||1 / 0|
|6||3||2 / 0|
|0||0||0 / 0|
|7||2||3 / 0|
|Totals||20||24||15 / 1|
|TOTAL PREMIER LEAGUE EXPERIENCE|
Much has been said about the perceived weakness of City’s defense in the past, but this season they appear far more solid. The signs are that Nicolás Otamendi and John Stones are beginning to forge a genuinely strong partnership, and with 3 goals to their name already this season they even provide an offensive threat too.
In terms of attacking creativity, there can be few more productive midfield trios in European football right now than Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva. All 3 are in flying form and when that’s the case, goals flow for City. In their 51 starts side-by-side previously, their side has scored a stunning 124 goals.
And finally, there’s City’s vibrant, youthful front 3. With an average age of just 21 years and 8 months, they have their whole careers ahead of them, but they’re already showing they can cut it with the best. The 3 forwards have started together 9 times so far in City shirts, and they’ve come out on the winning side in every single one.
Overall, this is a spectacular City side and one that rightly has Europe’s superpowers paying attention. Another win tonight looks highly likely on home turf, and with odds of 7/1 available to new 888 customers, it’s surely one of the bets of the night.