Foden starts as Guardiola makes three changes

Phil Foden has recovered from a sudden on international duty to start for Manchester City against Everton this afternoon.

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Men’s team

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There were concerns that a leg issue would rule out the 21-year-old from the Toffees’ visit to the Etihad Stadium, but he declared himself fit and retains his place as Pep Guardiola makes three changes to the squad that beat Manchester United a fortnight ago.

Cole Palmer gets his first Premier League start as he enters the squad alongside Aymeric Laporte and Raheem Sterling, replacing Ruben Dias, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.

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The Belgian misses today’s game as he self-isolates following a positive COVID-19 test, as does Jack Grealish, who is in short supply after returning from the international break with an injury.

Dias and Jesus both fall to the bench, where they are joined by 19-year-old James McAtee, who is making his first appearance in a Premier League game.

Teams

CITY: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C), Bernardo, Palmer, Foden, Sterling.

SUBSCRIBERS: Steffen, Carson, Dias, Ake, Jesus, Zichenko, Fernandinho, Mahrez, McAtee.

EVERTON: Pickford, Coleman (c), Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Allan, Delph, Townsend, Gray, Gordon, Richarlison.

SUBSCRIBERS: Begovic, Kenny, Iwobi, Tosun, Gbamin, Branthwaite, Rondon, Simms, Onyango.

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Men’s team

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Training

Selected players suggest Guardiola stick with his favorite formation in 4-3-3 and, as is often the case, the main question before kick-off is how the top three will line up.

You’d expect either Foden or Sterling to start out as No.9, which both have done before, but we’ll have to wait until we’re on our way to find out which of them is in the lead today.

In defense, Kyle Walker will play right-back, with Joao Cancelo on the opposite flank and Laporte and John Stones in the heart of the four-backs.

Rodrigo will adopt his usual role of midfield presenter, with captain Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva right in front of him, behind Foden, Sterling and Palmer making his 10e senior appearance.

Characteristics

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Statistics and facts

  • City have won seven Premier League games in a row against Everton, scoring 21 goals and conceding just five.
  • We are unbeaten in 11 home games against Everton in all competitions (W7, DW).
  • City have lost just one of the last 16 Premier League encounters between the two teams, a 4-0 defeat at Goodison Park in January 2017, which remains Guardiola’s heaviest loss as a manager.
  • We have recorded 221 streaks of 10 or more assists in the Premier League this season, the most for clubs.
  • City kept 19 Premier League clean sheets in 2021, our most common league shutouts in a single calendar year alongside 2019 and 2017.
  • Jesus averages one goal every 69 minutes against Everton in the Premier League.
  • Cancelo has been directly involved in seven goals in 17 games in all competitions this season (two goals, five assists), just one short of his total in 43 appearances in 2020-21 (three goals, five assists).
  • Everton could lose eight straight games to the same opponent for just the second time in the Premier League era. They suffered nine straight defeats against Manchester United between December 1999 and February 2004.
  • Toffees boss Rafael Benitez has won just two of his nine away league games as a coach against City, with both wins coming with Liverpool.

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