Ederson made a bit of a booboo early in the first half against Palace, rushing out to claim the ball without claiming the ball, which forced Cancelo into a foul. This gave Palace the free-kick they used to take the lead.
Seemingly a little off and rattled, despite the goal being disallowed and the free kick rightly given after Ayew blocked him from releasing the ball, one could question his decision to do this with the aggressive Palace forwards still lingering in the box.
Regardless, I expect him to start.
Cancelo on the right – Walker needs a rest. And he needs time to adapt to the new role he plays. Cancelo has been playing the inverted role for quite some time. With his passing and creative ability, is much better suited.
Forest play fast football, and Pep may decide to stick with Walker for his pace.
After a rough start on Saturday and an own goal, Stones turned it around with the rest of the team in the second half and played a crucial part in the comeback.
Becoming solid defensively and grabbing himself an assist for Haalands second goal.
The Dias and Stones partnership of 20/21 needs some work. Since both have experienced injuries, the CB partnership has lacked consistency. They will need a little time but have no doubts that they will find their groove.
With Laporte unfit until October, and Ake’s recent injury sustained against Newcastle, Pep will be hoping he’ll be ready to go again soon with the fixture pile up.
Gomez made his debut on Saturday at the Etihad, a short cameo but impressed all the same. Slotting into the midfield space whilst in possession and coming back out wide during counter attacks.
His link up play was nice to watch, fast and creative which released Gundogan to slide it through the middle to Haaland for this third goal.