Manchester City look to keep the pace on second place Leicester on New Years Day, as they host an in-form Everton side with Carlo Ancelotti now at the wheel. Pep Guardiola reflected on the year just gone by stating that City have been the team of the decade, and that the year itself was one of extreme success, despite apparent failure in the first-half of the 2019/20 campaign.
Pep Guardiola makes FIVE changes to the side that defeated Sheffield United at the weekend – changes at both full-back positions, two changes in midfield and an alteration to the front three.
Claudio Bravo in goal, retains his place in goal, despite suggestions that Ederson would return to the squad following his suspension – the Brazilian is ruled out through illness. Joao Cancelo and Benjamin Mendy come in at full-back, replacing Kyle Walker and Oleksandr Zinchenko. The central defence partnership remains unchanged – Fernandinho and Eric Garcia.
As for the midfield, Rodrigo, Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan make up the three – Kevin De Bruyne retains his place although is expected to feature further forward, potentially in the attacking three. However, we could see both Foden and De Bruyne in behind Jesus, with the Englishman in a wider role to the left of the Belgian. This would enable Pep to opt for two holding midfielders, in Gundogan and Rodri.
As for forward line, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero are both rested and start on the bench, while Riyad Mahrez retains his place on the right. Gabriel Jesus starts up front, with Kevin De Bruyne further forward.
SUBSTITUTES: Carson, Walker, Angelino, Bernardo, Silva, Sterling, Aguero.
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