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Will Guardiola resist changing his line-up? Premier League tactical preview show – Man City vs Man Utd

By Squawka News

Premier League gameweek 16 tactical preview

Published: 15:46, 6 December 2019

The dust has barely settled on a set of thrilling midweek fixtures, but the Premier League is back for another round of games.

The pick of the bunch sees reigning champions Manchester City host rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.

The noisy neighbours have become the big men on campus in recent years, with the Red Devils unable to match the exploits of Pep Guardiola’s side, who are determined not to give up on their dream of a third consecutive title.

Do Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have any hope on Saturday evening – or could a thrashing be on the cards? A midweek win over Spurs may have made some fans reconsider but many spectators will be expecting a result closer to the latter given the gulf in class between the two sides.

The tactical battle is set to be an intriguing one, with Man City guaranteed to try and dominate possession as they always do.

However, the visitors relish any opportunity to play on the counter and, with Man City’s back line far from flawless, Man United will believe they can do some damage.

Elsewhere, Everton host Chelsea in front of an expectant Goodison Park crowd and Spurs welcome Burnley to north London as Jose Mourinho looks to get his new team back on track after a disappointing night at Old Trafford. The Portuguese’s midfield plans fell flat in Manchester and it may be time for a reshuffle with big-money signing Tanguy Ndombele pushing for a start.

Pacesetters Liverpool will travel to Bournemouth aiming to extend their lead at the top of the table after destroying their city rivals and Leicester face Aston Villa on Sunday.

Finally, we’ll be treated to another London derby on Monday night as West Ham face Arsenal.

Watch the video at the top of the article to hear Statman Dave and Steve McInerney preview Premier League Gameweek 16.

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