Below are the minutes played and goals scored since the international break, along with the latest injury news
(information taken from Pellegrini's press conferences and physioroom.com). I'll be running this as a regular
feature on matchdays.
I'm going to hazard a guess about Pellegrini's rotation policy, and predict a starting place for Clichy, and
possibly Micah. Fernandinho has clocked up the most minutes in midfield since the international break
ended (334mins out of 360), so I think he might start on the bench. All of which makes my guess of the
Pantilimon; Richards, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, García, Touré, Milner, Nasri, Negredo, Agüero.
(Subs) Hart, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Navas, Dzeko (Rodwell to miss out).
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