The Premier League champions failed to find the net last weekend at Tottenham, falling to a 1-0 defeat – the same scoreline by which they lost the Champions League final and Community Shield to Chelsea and Leicester respectively.
Man City are still rightly among the title favourites this term, but those performances have only served to highlight that Guardiola has a Harry Kane-shaped hole in his attack.
Guardiola’s lineups are always more guesswork than prediction – just ask any Fantasy Premier League manager rueing their selections come team news o’clock – but there are a few players he is likely to bank on this afternoon.
Ilkay Gundogan is a doubt with a shoulder injury and could be rested, with Kevin De Bruyne potentially returning to the starting XI after recovering from injury.
Phil Foden remains sidelined, but other than him and Liam Delap, Guardiola has a full squad to choose from.
Jack Grealish should once again start with Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez also likely to play, while Ferran Torres could again get the nod up top – or Gabriel Jesus may come in.
Man City predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Grealish, Sterling; Torres
Injury list: Foden (ankle), Delap (knock)
Doubts: Gundogan (shoulder), De Bruyne (ankle)