Sheffield United will look to stun the Premier League champions on Sunday afternoon (14.00) as they welcome Manchester City to Bramall Lane.
The Blades lost to Nottingham Forest last week, while Pep Guardiola’s side maintained their perfect start by seeing off Newcastle United.
Max Lowe, Vinicius Souza and Benie Traore were all forced off in Sheffield United’s defeat to Nottingham Forest, although the trio could be passed fit for the visit of the champions,
John Fleck, Rhian Brewster and Ismaila Coulibaly all remain indefinitely out, while the likes of Oli McBurnie and George Baldock remain doubts for this weekend.
As for City, new signing Jeremy Doku could make his debut, while Bernardo Silva has recovered from illness and is expected to return to the side.
Guardiola will be unable to call upon the services of John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne, who both remain on the sidelines.
Manchester City to win 3-0 @ 11/2
City have won their last five meetings with Sheffield United to nil, including a 3-0 victory in April’s FA Cup semi-final.
The champions beat Burnley 3-0 and that correct score appeals when they face another promoted club on Sunday.
City’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle United last week demonstrates that Guardiola’s side are tough to break down, and it’s difficult to see the Blades having enough firepower to trouble the defending champions. The hosts’ well-documented shortcomings in the final third means that City’s defence should enjoy a relatively quiet afternoon.
Phil Foden to score anytime @ 13/8
Foden was mightily impressive in City’s win against Newcastle last weekend, creating seven open play chances.
Despite the absence of the mercurial Kevin De Bruyne, City still possess plenty of options that are a danger from anywhere on the pitch as shown by Foden’s creative display.
The only thing missing from Foden’s performance last week was a goal, and he’ll be itching to get on the scoresheet here as he looks to nail down a regular place in the team.