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City v. Everton: Probable Starting XI

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Here we explore how City could line up on Sunday at Goodison Park against the Toffees.

Manuel Pellegrini, manager of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on August 16, 2015 in Manchester, England.
Manuel Pellegrini, manager of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on August 16, 2015 in Manchester, England.
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In their present form, Manchester City look as if they could match Arsenal's 'Invincibles' and go the season undefeated. After making easy business of Chelsea and doing so on the road against West Brom, it really looks like Manchester City could have what it takes to stay the season undefeated. Though it may be early in the season, and the injuries not yet hitting City too hard, except for the case of Pablo Zabaleta who is out for a month with a knee injury, City are making a case for that type of finish at the end of the season.

At the moment, though, City should focus on their next match, an away fixture at Goodison Park against Everton, who are fresh off thrashing Southampton 3-0 on the road, after drawing against Watford 2-2. If City manages a victory, it will be a clear indication that City have ameliorated, at least momentarily, their road woes that cost them dearly towards the end of the season.

Though he has just arrived from Valencia, new boy Nicolas Otamendi does not look set to make his first start for the Citizens, as Manuel Pellegrini has stated that he will not drop Eliaquim Mangala to make way for the Argentine defender, who arrived last week for a reported £31.5 million. In injury news, Pablo Zabaleta will be the only player missing from Manuel Pellegrini's squad. Zabaleta picked up a knee injury in trainingFabian Delph and Gael Clichy will return after their respective injuries.

Given City's current form, it looks highly unlikely for any changes, in exception for the right back position, which likely be given to Bacary Sagna. With the Copa America fitness issues gone, City will put out a very strong starting XI to pick up three more points away at Everton.

Predicted Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Hart, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Sagna, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Sterling, Silva, Navas, Aguero