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How Manchester City could line up against Everton

Sports Mole looks at how an injury-hit Manchester City could line up for their Premier League clash with Everton at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City will be looking to move back to the top of the Premier League table this weekend when they host Everton at the Etihad Stadium.

The champions were knocked off the summit by Liverpool last weekend, having fallen to their first defeat of the campaign at Chelsea.

However, Liverpool are not in action until Sunday - when they face Manchester United at Anfield - so victory for City on Saturday lunchtime would see them restore their place at the top for at least one day.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Pep Guardiola could set his side up for the contest.



Possible MNC XI vs. EVE

Out: Benjamin Mendy (knee), David Silva (hamstring), Claudio Bravo (Achilles), Danilo (unspecified), Eliaquim Mangala (knee)
Doubtful: John Stones (knee), Sergio Aguero (groin), Kevin De Bruyne (knee), Fernandinho (thigh)

The injuries are beginning to mount up for Manchester City, but Guardiola has been boosted by the news that Sergio Aguero is back training without pain and could return after a four-match absence this weekend.

Kevin De Bruyne is also closing in on a return and could feature on Saturday, although Guardiola may opt against throwing him straight in from the start despite an injury to David Silva.

Fernandinho missed the midweek win over Hoffenheim but may recover in time for this match, while Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph could also come back into the starting lineup.

John Stones was taken off at half time in the Champions League and may not be risked this weekend despite the issue not being a serious one, while further forward Riyad Mahrez may again have to settle for a backup role to Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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