Having struggled for cutting edge at Goodison Park in the Premier League, Al Hain-Cole can’t see the Toffees posing much threat to Guardiola’s men
Manchester City will be looking to open up a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League table when they travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton on Wednesday.
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Having come out on top in each of the last five meetings with this opposition, City are favourites with bet365 to extend that run to 17 in a row.
Pep Guardiola’s men are seven points clear of neighbours Manchester United with a game in hand, having put together a record-breaking 16-match winning streak in all competitions.
The Blues need to start picking up points with the games they have in hand if they want to remain in European contention, but tonight’s opponents have looked in imperious form over the last couple of months. City sit seven points clear of second-placed United, and have a game in hand over their cross-town rivals.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin will miss his second straight game, but Allan is expected to play tonight. For the visitors, red-hot Ilkay Gundogan (January’s Player of the Month) is out injured but Kevin De Bruyne could return. Not a bad trade-off eh?
Pep Guardiola could be forgiven if his side are already looking ahead to the weekend (Arsenal) and then the Champions League (Borussia Moenchengladbach) beyond that, but with the incredible depth of talent in his squad, even a second XI would be enough to give Carlo Ancelotti’s side fits.
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jordan Pickford will hope to return after missing Sunday’s Fulham defeat, while James Rodriguez will be assessed after coming off injured in that clash and Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are also doubtful.
Ruben Dias and Sergio Aguero are both in contention after making the bench for Saturday’s win over Tottenham and Ilkay Gundogan faces a late fitness test, although Nathan Ake, Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne remain sidelined.
The Italian manager will set his team in this crucial tie in 4-2-3-1 formation, as he would want to hit the opposition with a counter-attacking approach. Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen has to be the face once again between the sticks, and in front of him, Michael Keane and Mason Holgate will form the centre-back pair to bring stability.
Lucas Digne will be the familiar face on the left side of the defensive line, as his pace would be vital to create uncomfortable scenarios for the visitors. On the other side of the backline, Seamus Coleman could be the figure to hold the defensive unit in composed order to keep the opponents at bay.