Manchester City v Everton


Manchester City v Everton

As Guardiola's men prepare for their first home game of the new Premier League campaign against Everton, Fernandinho has spoken out on just how well City's new boys have settled in at the club.

A very patient Manchester City side broke down newcomers Brighton and Hove Albion late to secure a 2-0 win in Week 1, while Everton, courtesy of a Wayne Rooney header, edge Stoke City 1-0 in their Premier League season opener.

While the Citizens dominated play against the Seagulls they would have liked to have created more clear-cut opportunities.

The city opened their season with 2-0 victory over Brighton but lost 1-0 to Girona in a friendly match most recently. But he also feels it offers hope to opponents, saying: 'The way he likes to play is the most hard way. It's really a pleasure to see his teams playing football. Sigurdsson and Rooney add an aspect to Everton's offense throughout the season that highlights creativity and ball movement, something that the team lacked with Romelu Lukaku.

'There is always space behind, we know that, we remember that.

The Everton boss has been busy during the transfer window, with the midfielder becoming his eighth summer signing as they look to compete for a spot in the Champions League next season. It was Pep Guardiola's heaviest ever defeat in league competition as a manager. Wayne Rooney scored the lone goal in the match in his return to his boyhood club.

Manchester City are unbeaten in six Premier League home matches against Everton, winning three and drawing three.

"Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney are used to playing in that way".

Ilkay Gundogan is optimistic about rejoining the squad for training, but the Germany worldwide will not be involved against Everton.

Summer signing Benjamin Mendy is expected to miss the game due to a thigh injury. The Germany worldwide is however unlikely to start.

Provisional squad: Ederson, Bravo, Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Adarabioyo, Mangala, Toure, Fernandinho, Foden, Diaz, De Bruyne, D Silva, B Silva, Sane, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero.

Everton: Pickford; Keane, Williams, Jagielka; Calvert-Lewin, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Baines; Klaassen, Mirallas; Rooney.