Everton will lock horns with Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday evening, hoping to pick up a positive result on their home turf. The Toffees will be heading into the contest on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Southampton, whereas Pep Guardiola’s men recorded a 3-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on February 19.
‘A big boost for Everton, with winger Demarai Gray now set to return to training following a minor hip injury. Gray is now in contention for this weekend’s game against Man City at Goodison Park.’
‘Abdoulaye Doucoure continues to step up his recovery from a groin injury. The midfielder is now taking part in first-team training and closing in on his return to first-team football. The club’s medical staff will continue to monitor Doucoure ahead of this weekend.’
‘Everton defender Ben Godfrey is also making good progress after a hamstring injury. Godfrey is reacting well to treatment and nearing a return. The defender is now doing some light work with the club’s medical team.’
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Frank Lampard will probably opt for the 4-4-2 formation with a couple of tweaks from the last game as Andros Townsend looks likely to make his way back into the starting eleven.
4-3-3 Everton Predicted Lineup Vs Manchester City
Jordan Pickford is expected to start in goal for the upcoming home encounter. The English shot-stopper would hope to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on Saturday.
Michael Keane and Mason Holgate might form the customary centre-half partnership at the heart of Everton’s backline as they look to prevent Pep Guardiola’s men from finding the back of the net throughout the 90 minutes.
Full-backs Seamus Coleman and Jonjoe Kenny will continue to operate down the right and left-hand sides, respectively.
Donny van de Beek and Allan will slot in as the holding midfielders; however, the former could be assigned with more of a central role as his ball distribution could turn out to be decisive if the Toffees wish to dominate things at the centre of the park.
Andros Townsend and Anthony Gordon will take up the wide positions, playing down the right and left-wing, respectively. The duo would be determined to engineer some clear-cut goal-scoring chances for the men upfront.
Andre Gomes will have to settle for a place on the bench but might be called on in the latter stages of the game if needed.
Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will form the striker’s partnership at the top of the pitch.
The duo will fancy their chances of finding the back of the net when they face off against the City defence that has kept three clean sheets in their last five matches across all competitions.