Manchester City vs Huddersfield preview: David Silva available for selection

By Ric Turner, Fri 17 August 2018 15:25

Manchester City vs Huddersfield preview: David Silva available for selectionSpanish 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

Manchester City

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

Doubtful: Danilo

Suspended: None

Form guide: WW

Huddersfield Town

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

Doubtful: Mbenza

Suspended: None

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