Manchester City has made a tremendous start to their new season. After winning their opening fixture 3-0, Pellegrini’s men outplayed the defending Champions as they beat them with the same score line at the Etihad. The team performed well all over the park and dominated Chelsea throughout the match. They will hope to continue their form in the coming matches.
Roberto Martinez’s side started the season with a draw against Watford but came back strongly in their next game at the St Marys. Lukaku showed his skill and finishing ability as he led his side to a 3-0 victory against Southampton. The manager will be relatively happy with the start and will hope that his team will build on the start and go on to perform well in the rest of the season. In this article, we have given a preview of the game along with the expected line-ups and predictions.
The match between Everton and Manchester City will be played on Sunday the 23rd of August at the Goodison Park. The kickoff is scheduled at 4:00 pm BST (8:30 pm IST).
For the Everton Manager, Steven Pienaar, Darron Gibson, Tony Hibbert, and Leighton Baines will miss the fixture against the Citizens due to various injuries sustained. The manager has made it clear that he will start John Stones for the game on Sunday despite the speculations about his future at the club. Besic and Mirallas are also fit to play in the starting XI at the Goodison Park.
Manchester City will miss the services of wing back Pablo Zabaleta after an ankle injury he sustained may see him sidelined for almost a month. The club has successfully signed Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia but he may not find a place straight away as Mangala and Kompany showed some good discipline in the previous match. Fernando and Delph are also available for selection after recovering from injuries.
Both teams are fresh from 3-0 victories against clubs that finished in a better position than them last season. Everton pulled off an astonishing victory against the Saints which not many saw coming. Lukaku and Ross Barkley seemed to be at ease when playing on the counter finding lots of open spaces in the Southampton defense. However, Mangala and Kompany will pose completely different challenges and the Toffees may not find goal scoring easy on Sunday.
Aguero looked sharp and slick even when he was not 100% for the match against Chelsea. His movement and skill can cause a problem to many players in defense. John Stones who has had an excellent beginning to the league will be relishing the challenge against the Argentine. Apart from him, Toure and Silva also looked in great touch and they will keep the likes of McCarthy and Gareth Barry on their feet. The pace of Raheem Sterling and Jesus Navas on the flanks may also be a place that team will look to make use of.
Tim Howard, John Stones, Phil Jagielka, Galloway, McCarthy, Barry, Kone, Cleverly, Ross Barkley, Lukaku.
Hart, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Sagna, Fernandinho, Toure, Jesus Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero.
Martinez has already given a statement that City look strong contenders for the title this year. With just two games gone, it is a very bold statement and tells us a lot about the form City are going into this game. Though Goodison Park is not an easy place to travel as City found out last season with a 1-1 draw, Watford in the first game created plenty of chances and it is hard to see City not being able to. Everton will have their work cut out against the likes of Aguero, Silva and Toure.
Our Prediction: Everton 1-2 Manchester City