4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Everton (Man City players are celebrating in the photo)
Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City celebrates with teammates Ruben Dias and Rodri after scoring their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2020 in Manchester, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Jason Cairnduff - Pool/Getty Images)

Manchester City entertained Birmingham City at the Etihad Stadium earlier today hoping to earn a victory and book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Mancunian side made a dream to the contest as they scored two quick-fire goals courtesy of a brace from Bernardo Silva. Phil Foden added another goal in 33rd minute which killed the game off as Man City went into the half-time break three goals up on the scoreline.

Pep Guardiola’s men dominated the ball for major periods of the second half and cruised to a dominant 3-0 win which ensured their spot in the next round of the FA Cup.

Let’s take a look at how each Man City player fared during the match against Birmingham.

GK: Zack Steffen – 7/10

Steffen didn’t put a foot wrong in the game and made some decent saves to secure another impressive clean sheet at home.

RB: Joao Cancelo – 6/10

He was hardly troubled defensively and made one good dribble in the first half. He got replaced at half-time.

CB: Kyle Walker – 7/10

The English talent did well to fill in as a makeshift centre-back and performed at a high level to see out the win with the clean sheet intact.

CB: Ruben Dias – 6.5/10

Dias made one interception in the first 45 minutes before being taken off at the midway point of the game.

Manchester City player ratings vs Birmingham City (Man City players are seen in the photo)
Referee Chris Kavanagh and Manchester City players wait for a VAR check on a penalty decision during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on December 12, 2020, in Manchester, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Phil Noble – Pool/Getty Images)

LB: Benjamin Mendy – 6.5/10

Mendy was defensively solid but struggled to make an impact in the attacking third.

CDM: Rodri – 7/10

He was a commanding presence in midfield and helped his teammates boss the game in the first half. He ran out of gas and got subbed after the hour mark.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 8/10

The Belgian superstar was not shy about getting stuck in with a few tackles and managed to engineer some promising chances for his teammates in the final third. He ended the game with an assist to his name.

CM: Bernardo Silva – 8.5/10

The Portuguese playmaker made a brilliant start to the match as he scored a quick-fire brace which gave Man City the ideal platform to go on and snatch the win. He got a few more chances to bag a hattrick but fell short in the end.

RW: Riyad Mahrez – 7/10

The Algerian attacker will be disappointed after not getting his name on the scoresheet. But he deserves credit for picking up an assist and being a serious headache for the Birmingham defenders during the 90 minutes.

ST: Gabriel Jesus – 8/10

The Brazilian striker did everything but find the back of the net today. He made a few dangerous runs and also created a couple of decent opportunities for others around him.

LW: Phil Foden – 8/10

The English youngster got himself a goal after the half-hour mark and managed to orchestrate some meaningful openings in and around the Birmingham penalty area.


CB: John Stones – 6.5/10

The English centre-back came on at half-time and did enough to keep a shutout in the second 45 minutes.

CM: Felix Nmecha – 6/10

Nmecha struggled to get into the game in the second half.

CB: Taylor Harwood-Bellis – 6/10

He was solid at the back during his time on the field.

CM: Fernandinho – 6.5/10

The Brazilian midfield ace came off the bench to add some energy and steel to the Man City midfield.

ST: Liam Delap – 6/10

He got one good chance to score but didn’t take it.

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