Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was able to welcome Ruben Dias to Starting XI in a Premier League match against Southampton on Saturday.
The Portuguese defender was a surprising dropout of the City lineup last week in the Premier League match against Chelsea, as defender champions kept a clean seat with John Stones and Aymeric Laporte behind them. He didn’t need it anyway.
However, Diaz is still a major player and may come back at the expense of one of the above duos.
Oleksandr Zinchenko and Cole Palmer were unable to play in the Chelsea match and remain absent, but Riyad Mahrez is absent due to the Africa Cup of Nations mission with Algeria.
Ederson starts with a goal behind the defensive potential of Kyle Walker, Diaz, Laporte and João Cancelo.
Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri have recently been in great shape together. Ilkay Gundoan is on the verge of a start, but the trio could face Southampton.
However, rotation can occur in the last third. Gabriel Jesus got off to a good start, with Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden taking the place of Jack Grealish.
Predicted Manchester XI vs Southampton
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