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2nd Dec, 2016 | 1:05pm

Manchester City expected 4-2-3-1 v Chelsea: Guardiola to make four changes

By Emma Sanders

Pep Guardiola could make four changes to the side which faced Burnley in the 2-1 victory on Saturday when Manchester City host Chelsea at the Etihad.

Attacking duo Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva could return to the starting XI while Nolito and Raheem Sterling miss out.

Sterling was forced to come off against Burnley last week and is yet to be confirmed as 100% fit so will likely miss out while the senior duo return.

John Stones is also likely to come back into the side at centre-back, replacing Gael Clichy, while Ilkay Gundogan could make his seventh start ahead of Fernando to complete the four changes.

Sergio Aguero is likely to start up front and will be hoping to extend his goal-scoring tally beyond 10 for the season in his 12th league appearance.

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De Bruyne and Silva will line-up alongside him as an attacking trio while Toure sits in the number 10 role after making his return against Crystal Palace last month.

Gundogan and Fernandinho are likely to feature as holding midfielders, while Stones returns to the heart of the defence alongside Nicolas Otamendi.

Aleksandar Kolorov is expected to return to left-back despite starting at centre-back against Burnley and Bacary Sagna should take up his usual position on the right side of defence.

Claudio Bravo will likely stand in goal as the number one.

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