The general consensus is that the game will be too early for Raheem Sterling. Either way, I think the Portuguese playmaker, Bernardo Silva, has done more than enough to warrant a starting place.
Even with the poor individual performances from a week ago, Bernardo was one of only a couple to come out with any positives. Able to keep the ball in tight areas the ex Monaco star was always a rare talent. The trouble, early on, was adapting to the English game. That now seems to have been overcome and we have started to see what we saw last season for Monaco.
On the other side, Leroy Sane. Back from injury the German winger has slowly been finding his form. Sacrificed at the half a week ago, thanks to the Delph dismissal, he was at least stretching the Wigan defense.
I expect Sergio Aguero to start again up front, although Gabby Jesus should certainly make the bench for the blues. Thanks to Pep (and previous managers) rotation of the squad for the League Cup, Aguero only has six goals in this competition, and is way behind Colin Bell and Dennis Tueart’s total of 18.