City have the likes of Josko Gvardiol, Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias, John Stones and even Kyle Walker able to play in their newfound 3-2-4-1 formation, with Akanji proving to be a valuable player for Pep Guardiola&aposs side in his newest experiment which has paid off handsomely over the past year. It means, however, that competition for places is rife.
Akanji has featured in eight of the 11, before being sent off against Brighton at the end of October – and with a goal on his return against Bournemouth, hes made a real stake.
But an injury before the clash against Young Boys in midweek has given Pep Guardiola a selection headache – and now he faces a race for fitness ahead of the trip to the capital. MEN Sport takes a look at whether the Swiss international will feature against the Blues in London.
Akanji was initially withdrawn from Citys squad with illness against the Swiss outfit on Tuesday evening, though that was later to have been proven to be a back issue by Pep Guardiola.
For Akanji to be hooked just minutes before the start of the game is very much unlike him. He played in all but two of Citys 12 Champions League games last season when they won the trophy, alongside featuring in all but four of his possible games in the Premier League after joining late on in the August transfer window.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Chelsea, City boss Guardiola said: “Good. Trained today and trained good.”
Fantasy Premier League rate Akanji with a 75 per cent chance of playing, His ownership has fallen in recent weeks, with the peak of his selection being in game week three in the 2-1 win over Sheffield United where the Citizens defender made 1,109,047 teams.
That now stands at just 477,776 members after he missed the clash away at rivals Manchester United. Akanji started the season at 5.0m, rising after Citys solid start to the season but a few games missed and clean sheets being in tough order for Guardiolas men means that hes fallen to 4.9m – after once spiking at 5.1m.
With John Stones also out of action, it may be best to invest in Josko Gvardiol or Nathan Ake at similar prices with the duo likely to start alongside the 5.5m priced Ruben Dias.
The transfer window has been a hectic one and City have been busy, with high-profile signings and sales aplenty.
City snapped up Croatian pair Mateo Kovacic and Josko Gvardiol from Chelsea and RB Leipzig respectively with the latest addition being Jeremy Doku. Wolves&apos Matheus Nunes then joined the Blues on deadline day. In terms of outgoings, Treble winner Ilkay Gundogan departed for Barcelona, Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez moved to Saudi Arabia, and Cole Palmer completed a shock move to Chelsea.
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