Manchester City host Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium this Wednesday night as they focus on securing three more points from their Champions League group. Pep Guardiola’s side beat Sevilla 4-0 last week which will give them plenty of momentum heading into this game.
Manchester City can use a 4-3-3 formation and are expected to remain unchanged for this European clash with Borussia Dortmund. As such, we can once again expect Manuel Akanji to be at centre-back alongside Ruben Dias.
4-3-3 Manchester City’s planned line-up against Borussia Dortmund
Ederson will be a target for Manchester City after keeping a well-deserved clean sheet in his last European game. As already mentioned, Manuel Akanji will be at the heart of Guardiola’s defense alongside Ruben Dias as they try to stop Dortmund’s forwards in the 90th minute.
Joao Cancelo will replace at right-back, while Sergio Gomez will once again have the chance to impress at the other side as a left-back. They will both get permission to step into the opposing half and speak out midweek.
Nathan Ake will provide cover for defensive positions off the bench. However, John Stones could miss the game with a muscle injury.
Manchester City’s midfield could consist of Bernardo Silva, Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne. The talented trio will be tasked with dominating play in the heart of the park and arranging enough chances for City to emerge victorious in this midweek game.
Cole Palmer, Ilkay Gundogan and Calvin Phillips will all be part of Pep Guardiola’s bench, waiting to be off within 45 seconds if needed Chance to impress.
Jack Grealish will likely retain his position on the left, with Phil Foden hoping to assert himself from the right.
Erling Haaland will once again lead Guardiola in the middle. The Norwegian striker is enjoying his time in Manchester and has been in good form recently. We can therefore rejoice in his chances of scoring against his former club this Wednesday evening.
Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez will be named on the bench and could be influential substitutes in this game should City score late.