Everton host Manchester City in the Premier League in a crunch match where both the teams are hard-pressed for a win.
The Toffees are once again struggling to justify the addition of top talent to their roster. Not enough consistency, and failing to beat the teams considered as relatively weak, Everton have accumulated just seven points from their first six games.
No wonder, Marco Silva is feeling the heat. And the game against Manchester City has come at the worst possible time, for another loss, will cage him even further.
For Manchester City, the loss and a defeat in the first six games, has allowed Liverpool to open a five-point lead at the top. And by the time, this game is kicked off at Goodison Park, it's possible that the gap could be stretched to eight points.
The Premier League match will be played between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park, in Walton, Liverpool, England. The ground has a capacity of 39,572.
The game will start at 10:00 PM (IST), on Saturday, September 28.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Everton – L W W L L W
Manchester City – W W L W W W
Everton Team News:
Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin both remain sidelined due to their respective injuries.
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Marco Silva has changed his line-up far too often this season. Perhaps he is still searching for his best playing 11.
But the 47-year-old Portuguese fielded a strong line-up against Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup, and we expect him to more or less stick with that playing 11.
That said, club captain Seamus Coleman will definitely come into the playing 11 and thus will replace Djibril Sidibe here.
One change could happen in the midfield as well, with Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Tom Davies.
Alex Iwobi set-up both the goals against Wednesday and should start the match, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is expected to lead the attack ahead of Moise Keane.
Everton Probable XI:
Jordan Pickford (GK), Lucas Digne, Micheal Keane, Yerry Mina, Seamus Coleman, Tom Davies, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Fabian Delph, Bernard, Alex Iwobi, Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Manchester City FC Team News:
Leroy Sane remains out till at least February. The German international suffered a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Community Shield match against Manchester City. He has undergone successful surgery.
While Manchester City's problems at the back are well highlighted following Aymeric Laporte and John Stones' injuries. The duo is not available for selection.
Big guns should return!
Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus both watched from the bench as their teammates put Wayfpord to the sword in the club record 8-0 hammering at the Etihad Stadium. The former is sure shot to start here, while Jesus will most probably feature from the bench.
Fernandinho will cover-up at the back, while the return of Benjamin Mendy to full fitness, will see the former Marseille and Monaco left-back starting at left-back.
Manchester City Probable XI:
Ederson (GK), Kyle Walker, Fernandinho, Nicolas Otamendi, Benjamin Mendy, Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Sergio Aguero
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Richarlison: Everton may be having problems in finding their no-09 for some time now, but the Toffees boast a certain talented Brazilian who can play anywhere in the forward positions.
His importance to the team is clear from the fact that he has taken more shots (17), more touches in the final third (30) and scored most goals (02) in the league than any other Everton player.
Sergio Aguero: It was a pity in some sense that he could manage just one goal in Manchester City's 8-0 rout of Watford last weekend. The 31-year-old is once again leading the goals charts this season.
Raheem Sterling: Wasn't used last weekend against Watford, but the former Liverpool winger must be looking to make up for the lost time with some goals here at Goodison Park.
Kevin de Bruyne: He was superb against Watford. His crossing, his every touch and every pass looked like a thing from some FIFA version. An absolute world-class player, and one of the most important players in Pep's team.
EVE vs MCI Dream11 potential winner:
Manchester City should at least get a draw here.