Saturday 15th October, 3pm
So here goes then...
Biggest test for us so far, and possibly the hardest fixture, on paper at least, in the league. Having said that, plenty of players on both teams will have been away on international duty and City have got Barca a few days after, so it might not be the worst time to play them.
Although De Bruyne is recovering well, he's apparently still unlikely to make this game, which is nice.
It will be interesting to play a team that comes at us and wants to dominate the ball. High pressing has worked well against them for Celtic and Spurs, and their full backs look particularly shaky.
Assuming McCarthy is fit, I'd possibly be tempted to go 4-3-3, and try to put legs and aggression in the midfield, and leave Lukaku, Bolasie and one of Barkley/Mirallas/Deulofeu as the front three trying to hurt them on the break. Something like this:
Coleman Jags Williams Baines
Gana McCarthy Barry
Saw a few whispers that Lukaku is struggling to be fit. Obviously that would be fairly disastrous. I'm assuming Baines will be back.
What do we reckon, lads and lasses? A spirited performance from us with some points, or a rude awakening and pumped all over the Etihad?