Preview: Manchester City v Everton

Manchester City may have brushed aside their opening day opponents without much fuss, but face a much sterner test on Monday when they host a confident Everton side desperate to improve on last season’s away form.

Both sides emerged comfortable victors on the opening day with the Citizens defeating Brighton 2-0 as the Toffees emerged victorious with a 1-0 win over Stoke.

Both sides have spent well during the off-season, and both sides will have ambitious goals for their respective Premier League campaigns.

Form means little so early in the competition but the match could be a close one. Manchester City have class to burn while Everton continues with admirably making do with players that their board can retain and attract. This disparity certainly doesn’t mean we’re in for a one-sided affair.

“They are a top squad and they have important players. They lost an important player, (Romelu) Lukaku, but they have a good group of players – midfield players and strikers. They are one the best teams in the Premier League, I am pretty sure of that,” Guardiola said of the Everton squad.

Everton’s Ronald Koeman referred back to the two sides’ previous encounter when discussing the match with reporters. “There is always space behind, we know that we remember that. When we played City at home we punished them for that but I still think the business they did in the summer, they are stronger than last year.”

In team news, Seamus Coleman (broken leg), Yannick Bolasie (knee) and Ramiro Funes Mori (knee) are all long-term injury concerns for Everton, while James McCarthy (hamstring) will also be sidelined.

Manchester City are without Fabian Delph (match fitness), Ilkay Gundogan (knee) and Benjamin Mendy (thigh).

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