Manchester City will be hoping to continue their impressive form by claiming all three points against Everton when the two clubs meet at the Etihad Stadium later today. Pep Guardiola‘s side have spent much of the campaign lurking in the shadows but are now just two points off the top of the Premier League table with a game in hand over leaders Liverpool.
However, they have struggled to stop teams from scoring against them in recent weeks, which could mean a change at the back this afternoon. Express Sport takes a look at how City could line up against the Toffees…
Goalkeeper – Ederson
Ederson will take up his usual position in goal for City, with the Brazilian stopper having started in all but one Premier League game this season. He has only kept five clean sheets, though, and will be hoping to add to his tally by keeping Everton’s attackers at bay this afternoon.
The likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Harrison and Dwight McNeil will be hungry for goals, with Ederson needing to put in a top performance to prevent the Toffees from scoring.
Defence – Walker, Dias, Stones, Gvardiol
Guardiola may be tempted to make a crucial tweak to his defensive line-up this afternoon, with City having registered just one clean sheet in their last 12 matches. John Stones could return to the side in place of Nathan Ake in an otherwise unchanged back four with Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias and Josko Gvardiol.
Manuel Akanji and Rico Lewis will also be hoping to start but it seems the pair may be forced to settle for the bench.
Midfield – Rodri, De Bruyne, Alvarez
Rodri has proven himself as an indispensable asset for City and will retain his place in the engine room unless Guardiola decides to rest him ahead of the Champions League next week. He is likely to be partnered with Kevin De Bruyne, who has chipped in with two league assists and a goal since returning from injury last month.
Julian Alvarez, meanwhile, has been thriving in a deeper role this season and will be hoping to get himself on the scoresheet after drawing a blank against Brentford on Monday
Attack – Silva, Foden, Haaland
Guardiola could decide to name the same front three that played against Brentford last time out, with Erling Haaland leading the line at the top of the pitch. The towering Dane will likely be supported in attack by Phil Foden after his wonderful hat-trick in west London six days ago.
Bernardo Silva, meanwhile, will be expected to keep his place in the team with his versatility allowing him to switch between roles if needed.
Predicted Man City XI vs Everton (4-1-4-1) – Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Gvardiol; Rodri; Silva, De Bruyne, Alvarez, Foden; Haaland.