Fernandinho and Yaya Toure have formed a strong central midfield partnership this term since the Brazilian’s arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk and the Ivorian is benefiting with more attacking freedom.
Pellegrini will almost certainly go with the pair once again, with Toure’s form in Europe proving invaluable so far.
On the flanks both David Silva and Samir Nasri put in good showings at the weekend, but while the Spaniard should retain a place the France international could sit out in favour of Jesus Navas.
The winger has been solid, if unremarkable, since arriving from Sevilla in the summer but the manager will probably give the 27-year-old another run out.
Once again, after scoring the forward’s 11th goal of the campaign on Saturday the in-form Sergio Aguero should be straight in the starting XI.
To partner the Argentine it is a straight decision between Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo, with both men netting at the weekend as well.
As the Spain international started against Norwich, Pellegrini may well opt to give the Bosnian a start in the tie with CSKA.
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