Manchester City vs Everton match preview: Sagna out for three weeks

By Ric Turner, Fri 14 October 2016 14:47


Manchester City vs Everton match preview: Sagna out for three weeksDe Bruyne, Sterling and Kompany could return to squad for clash against Toffees

Manchester City vs Everton

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 15th October 2016

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: G Beswick, S Burt Fourth Official: A Taylor

Odds: City 1/2, Draw 7/2, Everton 6/1

Tickets: Available via mcfc.co.uk

TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Caballero, Gunn, Adarabioyo, Angelino, Clichy, Kolarov, Kompany, Maffeo, Otamendi, Zabaleta, Stones, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernando, Fernandinho, Garcia, Gundogan, Navas, Silva, Sane, Sterling, Aguero, Iheanacho, Nolito

Injured: Sagna

Doubtful: Aguero, Sterling, De Bruyne

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWWWW

Everton

Manager: Ronald Koeman

Squad (from): Robles, Stekelenburg, Baines, Jagielka, Coleman, Funes Mori, Williams, Oviedo, Gibson, Mirallas, Cleverly, McCarthy, Barry, Barkley, Gueye, Davies, Lennon, Kone, Lukaku, Deulofeu, Valencia

Injured: Besic, Pennington, Browning

Doubtful: Lennon

Suspended: None

Form guide: DLWWW

Bacary Sagna will miss the next three weeks after sustaining a thigh injury whilst playing for France. However, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Vincent Kompany could all return to the squad for tomorrow's visit of Everton.

“All of the injured players are much, much, much better”, said Guardiola at Friday's press conference.

“Some will play tomorrow, some will not. They all trained good in the last few days. I don’t know if they’ll play for 90 minutes. We’ll have to think about it this afternoon.

“I never prioritize games. The next one is always the most important game. I’ll see how the international players are - some recover quickly, some need more time.”

City's last home league game against Everton ended in a 0-0 draw, although the Blues won the subsequent League Cup semi final 3-1 just a fortnight later. Overall City have won 68 of the 180 games played against Everton, with 45 draws and 67 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Bravo, Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Silva, Gundogan, Nolito, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: City 2 Everton 1

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