Players always say they donâ€™t care where they play as long as they get in the starting XI, but the central attacking role for Manchester City does not look like anyoneâ€™s favourite role right now.
Some, like Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden, have done their best and sacrificed their normal game for the team when asked to play there, while Jack Grealish looked, at Anfield, like a player trying to convince the manager not to pick him there again.
With Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres unavailable, Raheem Sterling could sip from the poison chalice this time.
Sterling played the role against Paris Saint-Germain and missed a great chance, but Guardiola has reiterated that he feels the England man can play the role.
Zack Steffen is lined up for just the second Premier League appearance of his career â€¦ but he certainly picks his moments.
The Manchester City stand-in keeper is set to get the nod against Burnley as Ederson only flew back from Brazil yesterday after his countryâ€™s World Cup qualifier on Thursday night.
Steffenâ€™s league debut came at Chelsea last season, when City were hit by a Covid break-out - and he played well in a pivotal 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
This time he will face a traditional English attack for the first time, with Burnley sure to try to target him with high balls into the box for Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes to test his nerve. All part of his education.
Sitting on defence
Guardiola, unusually, kept the same back four for the three seminal matches that marked the final week before the international break.
And while talk of his â€œstrongest teamâ€ is likely to draw derision from the manager, that foursome of Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and Joao Cancelo are certainly his first-choice right now.
With John Stones thriving for England, and Aleks Zinchenko available again at left back - and with tough games looming at Bruges and Brighton - the temptation to change that, and rotate, must be high.
Cityâ€™s last three home league wins at the Etihad have all been by 5-0, with Norwich, Arsenal and, on the final day of last season, Everton being the victims.
So you could forgive Burnley for arriving at City with some trepidation, especially as they have lost by that same scoreline on their last four visits.
The loss of skipper and former City FA Youth Cup winner Ben Mee to a positive Covid test does not help their cause.
For a team that has traditionally given City problems, especially at Turf Moor, this fixture has become a procession, with City scoring 30 and conceding one in eight successive wins over them at home.