Manchester City vs Middlesbrough preview: Delph and Sagna the only absentees for visit of Boro

By Ric Turner, Fri 04 November 2016 14:33


Manchester City vs Middlesbrough preview: Delph and Sagna the only absentees for visit of BoroBlues seeking to record back to back victories after win at Hawthorns

Manchester City vs Middlesbrough

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 5th November 2016

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Kevin Friend Assistants: R West, A Holmes Fourth Official: M Jones

Odds: City 1/4, Draw 6/1, Middlesbrough 16/1. Find a free bet on City games here: BiggestFreeBets.com list of free bets

Tickets: Available via mcfc.co.uk

TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Caballero, Gunn, Adarabioyo, Angelino, Clichy, Kolarov, Kompany, Maffeo, Otamendi, Stones, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Fernando, Garcia, Gundogan, Navas, Silva, Sane, Sterling, Aguero, Iheanacho, Nolito

Injured: Sagna, Delph

Doubtful: Fernandinho

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDDLW

Middlesbrough

Manager: Aitor Karanka

Squad (from): Valdes, Guzan, Mejias, Konstantopoulos, Fabio, Friend, Ayala, Bernardo, Gibson, Barragan, Chambers, Husband, Leadbitter, Clayton, Fischer, de Roon, De Pena, Downing, de Sart, Nsue, Forshaw, Rhodes, Negredo, Stuani, Nugent, Traore

Injured: None

Doubtful: Ayala, De Roon, Stuani

Suspended: Ramirez

Form guide: WDLDL

Bacary Sagna and Fabian Delph are City's only absentees for the visit of Middlesbrough tomorrow afternoon, but manager Pep Guardiola says both are making good progress from their respective injuries.

“Fabian Delph, he has no pain,” Guardiola confirmed. “He is happy but he is still training alone.

“Bacary is getting better and after the national team break he will be fit.”

Guardiola also said that captain Vincent Kompany could be recalled to the starting line-up as the Blues seek to secure back-to-back Premier League victories, having beaten West Brom 4-0 last weekend.

“Yeah, maybe,” he said. “I have to think this afternoon about my team, speak to the physios about their physical conditions.”

City's last home game against Middlesbrough ended in a 2-0 defeat in the Fourth Round of the 2015 F.A. Cup. Overall City have won 50 of the 126 games played against Boro, with 27 draws and 49 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Bravo, Zabaleta, Stones, Kompany, Clichy, Fernando, Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: City 2 Middlesbrough 1

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