Man City vs Everton Preview:Sigurdsson set for Toffees debut
EPL By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 21/08/2017
Everton visit the Etihad stadium for their Second Premier League game and their record signing Gylif Sigurdsson is expected to make his debut when the Toffees play Manchester City on Monday.The Icelander international completed his move from Swansea to Everton on Wednesday and Ronald Koeman said he would be involved in the game."He was from the start of last season a long time on my list and now I thought it's possible," Koeman said"He was one of the key players to bring into Everton and I'm really pleased and happy that finally, we had that agreement, he signed a contract and he is a player of Everton."He can play as an offensive midfielder, behind the striker, he can play in a free role what he did most of the season at Swansea. We have different options."I spoke a lot of times about productivity. We had a top scorer last season and we tried to bring in players who will give productivity to the team and he's one of those players because of his record, his goals, his assists - he's a really important player for set pieces, and that's what we need."I'm really confident that he will make the team stronger than it is already."With Everton bolstering their squad with nine new signings, City manager Pep Guardiola is wary of the all-around threat provided by manager Koeman's side."Everton is a top squad and they have bought good players. They are one of the best teams in the league, I am sure of that," Guardiola told reporters."I expect they will play the same way (as last season), attack our backs," Guardiola said. "They have a strong defence, they have excellent players."RECENT FORMManchester City defeated Premier League new boys Brighton Hove and Albion 2-0 at the AMEX Stadium last week to claim their first three points of the season.While Everton has been in solid form with the Return of Wayne Rooney from Manchester United they defeated Stoke City 1-0 at the Goodison Park to secure three points in their first game.Both teams are playing fantastically very well and they have done quite good in the summer transfer market to bolster their squad to be able to challenge for silverware this season.
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Manchester City is still without new signing Benjamin Mendy and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan for Everton's visit. Left-back Mendy (thigh) and Gundogan (knee) are both back in training and close to fitness, but the next game comes too soon.Guardiola's side has no fresh injury concerns, but midfielder Fabian Delph is also out with an unspecified knock.EVERTONRoss Barkley - who has reportedly suffered a hamstring injury - and James McCarthy (knee) have not been involved so far this season, but Sandro Ramirez could return after missing Thursday's win over Hajduk Split with a heel problem.Manchester City lost their last Premier League meeting with Everton 0-4. It was Guardiola's heaviest-ever defeat in league competition as a manager.Manchester City was 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.Guardiola's side has 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 City at the Etihad Stadium.Rooney's goal on the opening day against Stoke was his 199th in the Premier League, putting him one away from becoming only the second player to bag 200 in the competition after Alan Shearer (260).Only Alan Shearer (11) has scored more goals against City in the Premier League than Wayne Rooney (8).Sergio Aguero has failed to score in his last six Premier League appearances against Everton, his longest current drought versus a top-flight side.Aguero needs one more goal to become the all-time highest ever non-European goalscorer in Premier League history - he's currently level with Dwight Yorke on 123 goals.MANCHESTER POSSIBLE LINE UPÉderson; Kompany, Stones, Otamendi; Fernandinho; Walker, De Bruyne, Silva, Danilo; Agüero, G.Jesus.EVERTON POSSIBLE LINE UPPickford; Martina, Keane, Williams, Baines; Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies; Rooney, Klaassen; Sandro.PREDICTIONManchester City 2-1 Everton