The Citizens and The Toffees meet for the first time this season. Both teams have strengthened during the current transfer window and will be looking to fully utilise their new talents, in the both teams first tough challenge of the season.
Very few people will give the Blues a chance ahead of our trip up the M62 to face Man.City, but Ronald Koeman and co will be looking for ways to make life difficult for the home side. Both sides didn’t concede a goal on their opening day matches last weekend, setting their stalls out early. Man City’s attacking was probably a lot more fluid than that of Everton’s on the opening day, but Everton will be happy with a clean sheet and victory on the opening day.
Wayne Rooney scored and Manchester United record of 11 goals against Manchester City, a trait that he will look to refer back to now at Everton. The experience of Rooney in games like these is a large reason as to why Ronald Koeman was so keen to bring the former Blue home to Goodison this summer. So far, Rooney has been the focal point of the side with Sandro Ramirez occupying defenders around him with his pace and agility. Tom Davies maybe a surprise addition to tonight’s starting line-up, as Morgan Schneiderlin went off at half time in Everton’s Europa league qualifier on Thursday night vs Hajduk Split. Davies has appeared from the bench in all of Everton’s competitive fixture so far this season, but many believe his substitute displays have provided more than the overall displays from Schniederlin himself.
Ronald Koeman will no doubt set Everton up to be tough to beat tonight, meaning we could see a heavy loaded midfield with only Rooney and/or Sandro Ramirez up front. Everton’s best opportunity may, however, be to test City’s relatively new defence with some pace and starting both Kevin Mirallas and Ademola Lookman could also be an option Koeman looks to exploit.
Manchester City have added some decent players to their team for this season, including Benjamin Mendy (Left Back), Kyle Walker (Right back) and Ederson (Goalkeeper) all of which are defensive players. Pep Guardiola has highly strengthened in his teams biggest weakness from last season, which was the defence. At times City struggled to defend simple set pieces and prevent counter attacks, but with two pacy additions added to their fullbacks, it’s something Guardiola will hope is irradiated.
Going forward, City still possess the same threats as in previous seasons. Sergio Aguero has found a way into his managers plans, after an initial hiatus. The Argentine has only scored twice against Everton but has been prolific in assisting goals vs the Blues. Linking up with Aguero will be David Silva, whom has also rediscovered some early form for his side, and Kevin De Bruyne who had an good season last time out for the Citizens.
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