Spanish midfielder likely to replace injured De Bruyne
Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town
Competition: F.A. Premier League
Date: 1.30pm, Sunday 19th August 2018
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: S Bennett, S Long Fourth Official: P Tierney
Odds: City 1/10, Draw 12/1, Huddersfield 35/1
Tickets: Sold out
TV: Sky Sports
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Grimshaw, Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus
Injured: De Bruyne, Sandler, Mangala
Form guide: WW
Manager: David Wagner
Squad (from): Lössl, Hamer, Schofield, Smith, Kongolo, Lowe, Zanka, Schindler, Stankovic, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Bacuna, Mooy, Sobhi, van La Parra, Mbenza, Pritchard, Sabiri, Billing, Kachunga, Diakhaby, Depoitre, Quaner, Mounie
Injured: Durm, Williams
Form guide: L
Kevin De Bruyne is likely to be absent for three months folloiwng a knee injury sustained in training on Wednesday. David Silva is, however, expected to return after recovering from a knock.
“The doctor said he [De Bruyne] would be out for three months,” Guardiola said at Friday's press conference. “Hopefully, in that time, he can do as well as possible so that when he comes back, he can help us again.
“He will be a big miss. Last season, we had Benjamin Mendy (injured).
“Last season, KDB was outstanding. For him, his family and for us, it is hard – you never want a long injury but we have to accept it.
“Especially with the amount of games, players fell. Sometimes, it is normal. You must rest after a tough season before you come back. It’s demanding. Human beings have a limit and these things happen.”
City's last home game against the Terriers at The Etihad ended in a 0-0 draw. Overall City have won 26 of the 78 games played against Huddersfield, with 30 draws and 22 defeats.
Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero
Score prediction: Manchester City 4 Huddersfield Town 0