Formation change, Walcott dropped? Predicted Everton side to play Manchester City
After drawing at home to Watford, Everton will want to get back to winning ways this weekend.
But they face arguably the hardest game in the Premier League season: an away trip to Manchester City.
Marco Silva will have to contend with Pep Guardiola’s free-flowing, exciting brand of football.
And with the Citizens brushing teams aside this season, it will be a very tricky test for the Toffees.
But here is Everton’s predicted XI, including a formation change to give Everton more defensive protection.
Jordan Pickford is Everton’s undisputed first-choice goalkeeper.
This formation would allow Everton to limit Manchester City’s attacking threat with an extra centre-half.
Yerry Mina and Michael Keane have been playing well at the back. But Kurt Zouma could join the defence to add more solidity.
Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne have both been operating as full-backs but this formation would give them more license to get forward.
Considering both Coleman and Digne were at fault for Watford’s goals last Monday, a more advanced role could suit them.
Idrissa Gueye and Andre Gomes are forming a fine partnership in central midfield.
Gueye provides the defensive protection and Gomes is the ball-playing playmaker who keeps things ticking.
With only two attacking midfielders in this system, it is likely that Theo Walcott would drop if Silva switches to three at the back.
The 29-year-old’s hit-and-miss form means that Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bernard would probably start ahead of him.
Richarlison has eight goals in 14 games for Everton this season and he should get the nod ahead of Cenk Tosun.
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