thumbnail Hello,

Who should Mancini pick for visit of Premier League champions.

Chelsea visit Manchester City on Saturday in the most intriguing tie of the weekend.

Manchester City inflicted two defeats on Chelsea last season, one being a very convincing 4-2 victory at Stamford Bridge.

On that occasion Roberto Mancini opted for three defensive midfielders operating behind a front three of Adam Johnson, Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy, and the chances are that the Italian will go with the same formation this weekend.

Another option would be that Mancini takes off his defensive cap ever so slighty and goes with just two defensive midfielders and allows James Milner to sit between them and dictate and create play as we all know he can.

With the arrivals of Yaya Toure and David Silva, City definitely have a stronger squad than when they notched four away to Chelsea last season, so a repeat in front of their own fans is more than a possibility.

Here is the available squad:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Shay Given, Stuart Taylor, David Gonzales.

Defenders: Aleksandar Kolarov [ankle injury], Jerome Boateng [knee injury], Wayne Bridge [hip injury] , Joleon Lescott [groin injury], Shaleum Logan, Micah Richards [hamstring injury], Kolo Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Dedryck Boyata, Greg Cunningham, Javan Vidal.

Midfielders: Vincent Kompany, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Adam Johnson, David Silva, Gareth Barry, James Milner, Patrick  Vieira, Yaya Toure, Nigel de Jong, Kelvin Etuhu, Michael Johnson, Abdisalam Ibrahim.

Forwards:
Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor [dead leg], Mario Balotelli [knee injury], Roque Santa Cruz, Jo, Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely.

Here is Goal.com UK's prediction:

Hart; Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Cunningham; Milner, De Jong, Toure; Johnson, Tevez; Silva.

4-3-3

GOALKEEPER

Joe Hart

RIGHT-BACK
CENTRE BACK
CENTRE BACK
LEFT-BACK

Pablo Zabaleta

Kolo Toure

Vincent Kompany

Greg Cunningham


RIGHT MIDFIELD
CENTRE MIDFIELD
LEFT MIDFIELD

Yaya Toure

Nigel De Jong

James Milner


RIGHT FORWARD
CENTRE FORWARD
LEFT FORWARD

Adam Johnson

Carlos Tevez

David Silva


Do you agree with the line-up? Let us know who you think should start for Liverpool in the comment box below...

For more news on England, visit Goal.com's England section and join Goal.com USA's Facebook fan page!

Related

From the web

From the web