Up the Junction wrote:Nothing to lose?....
....But the time across yet another international break, so Wayne Rooney can get another sodding cap...
We have a very small chance of a major upset. It seems weird to use those precise words, against a fellow team in the top flight, but our record at home to Guardiola's team is appalling.
Basically we need to match the intensity of effort shown when Chelsea visited, but also take it up a notch during rare forays in their defensive third (if we just sit back for 90 minutes, we will concede).
Keeper and 3 of the back 4 totally pick themselves.
Noble will come in, especially given Snod's suspension, but that leaves us with the young tyro, Rice, and, lets be honest, a pair of players, in Mark and Obiang, who will have to be on their total A game, to even compete for 90 minutes
This will also need as much energy as we can muster out wide and the kind of performance from Arnautovic that mixes power with self-belief.
If Carroll is 'fit', have him on the bench, for some impact minutes, towards the end.
Forget Wilshere, as even an impact sub; he will take time to get match fit and City would just play the ball around him, whilst he gets his eye in.