Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Everton

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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night

Manchester City will face Everton on Monday evening as Pep Guardiola gets his first opportunity to test out his new-look team on home soil.

Guardiola has regularly rotated his players during spells at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now at City, and has promised to shuffle his pack this season.

But he could elect to go with the same XI that dominated last weekend's game against Brighton, in an attempt to keep Everton at arm's length and guard against counter-attacks.

The Catalan will change system this season but is likely to be tempted to stick with the 3-5-2, even if it means keeping Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane on the bench.


MAN CITY INJURIES


Ilkay Gundogan returned to first-team action in a friendly against Girona on Tuesday and will be in contention for a place on the bench on Monday.

Benjamin Mendy started training with the first-team in Girona this week, but is unlikely to be involved.

Fabian Delph, who is surplus to requirements, is also injured.

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MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS


Neither Manchester City nor Everton have any suspensions heading into the match.

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MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Guardiola has started the season with a 3-5-2 formation and though he has promised to change things around during the course of the campaign it is distinctly possible he will use the same shape on Monday night.

The City boss could even choose the same line-up that beat Brighton last weekend, though may be tempted to replace Fernandinho with Yaya Toure in the middle of midfield.

That would allow Guardiola to bring on Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva off the bench, as he did at Brighton, to help change the dynamic of the game late on, no matter the result.

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EVERTON TEAM NEWS


Gylfi Sigurdsson is in line to make his Everton debut following his £45 million move from Swansea City, having not featured in the Toffees' 2-0 win against Hajduk Split on Thursday night.

New striker Sandro Ramirez also missed that game through injury, but could be back on Monday.

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Ross Barkley, whose future is up in the air is out with a hamstring injury, while Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori and Yannic Bolasie are long-term absentees.


OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Manchester City are unbeaten in six Premier League home matches against Everton, winning three and drawing three. Prior to this run City had lost four in a row at home to the Merseyside club.
  • Everton recorded their biggest ever Premier League win over Man City earlier this year, with the Toffees scoring with all four of their shots on target.
  • Pep Guardiola’s side have lost just one of their last 22 home Premier League games (W13 D8 L1), which was against eventual champions Chelsea in December 2016.
  • Wayne Rooney’s last away appearance in the Premier League for Everton was a 5-1 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
     
  • Sergio Aguero has failed to score in his last six Premier League appearances against Everton, his longest current drought versus a top-flight side.
     
  • Before last season, Pep Guardiola had beaten every club he’d faced in league competition within his first two meetings against them. Everton are now looking to become the first team he’s failed to beat in any of his first three matches.

TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


Kick off is 20:00 BST with the game to be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. 

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