Header Ads



Manchester City will look to make it two wins from two in the Premier League when they welcome Everton to the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening.

Pep Guardiola's side kicked off the 2017-18 campaign with a 2-0 away win over newly promoted Brighton last week and they will hope to continue that habit in their first home game of the season.

The Toffees come into the game on a high themselves following their 1-0 opening-day win over Stoke City and a comfortable 2-0 victory over Hajduk Split in the Europa League


Position             Manchester City players
Goalkeepers                 Bravo, Ederson
Defenders         Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi,                                   Mangala, Mendy, Denayer, Adarabioyo
Midfielders         Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Delph, Sane,                                   B. Silva, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Toure,                                                          Zinchenko, Foden
Forwards                 Aguero, Jesus, Bony, Roberts

Ilkay Gundogan is optimistic about rejoining the squad for training, but the Germany international will not be involved against Everton.

New signing from Monaco Benjamin Mendy has completed his rehabilitation from a thigh injury but is still another few weeks away from full fitness. Midfielder Fabian Delph is also unavailable.

Potential starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Danilo; De Bruyne, D. Silva, Fernandinho; Aguero, Jesus.

Position                     Everton players
Goalkeepers      Stekelenburg, Pickford, Robles 
Defenders         Baines, Keane, Williams, Jagielka, Martina,                                           Coleman, Funes Mori, Holgate, Kenny
Midfielders        Schneiderlin, Barkley, Lennon, McCarthy,                                         Gueye, Sigurdsson, Klaassen, Besic, Davies
Forwards            Rooney, Sandro, Mirallas, Bolasie, Calvert-                                       Lewin, Lookman, Niasse

New signing Gylfi Sigurdsson could make his debut for the Toffees after arriving in a record move from Swansea and it could force Ronald Koeman into altering his tactics.

James McCarthy has returned to training but is unlikely to be involved, while Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie and Ramiro Funes Mori are long-term absentees. 

Ross Barkley remains out with a hamstring problem, while Sandro Ramires is ruled out with a heel injury.

Potential starting XI: Pickford; Baines, Jagielka, Williams, Keane; Schneiderlin, Klaassen, Sigurdsson, Gueye; Rooney, Mirallas.

Match Preview

It took Man City nearly an hour to break down a well-organised Brighton team last week and, while they secured three points, Guardiola was in no doubt about his side's need to improve. 

"We have to learn to attack better," said the Catalan. "The big teams have to handle all situations. I am satisfied, especially with the second half."
While Aguero found the net against Brighton, the Argentina international's partnership with Gabriel Jesus is still developing and if City are to seriously challenge for the title, the pair must prove that they can operate effectively together. Nevertheless, with Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva pulling the strings in midfield, they will have plenty of opportunities to do so.

Having seen rivals Manchester United continue their scintillating start with second high-scoring victory on Saturday, Guardiola will be keen to keep the pace, but his team face a difficult task in the form of Everton, who have managed to keep clean sheets in their last two games.

The return of Wayne Rooney has given the Toffees a lift and the capture of Sigurdsson from Swansea provides a whole new dynamic in midfield, but they lack a clinical presence in attack with the loss of Romelu Lukaku. However, Koeman's side are dangerous on the counter and will look to exploit possession when possible.


Man. City vs Everton

Premier League

Today, 10:00 PM
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester



Mohammad is a young Entrepreneur running a number of sites from his living room. He is an experienced SEO Consultant, Computer Engineer, Professional Blogger & an addicted Web Developer

No comments:

Powered by Blogger.