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Everton vs Manchester City, 2017 Premier League: Players to Watch

A few attractions to keep an eye on as City and Everton clash at Goodison Park

Leicester City v Everton  - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

This Sunday, Manchester City travel to Liverpool to play Everton at Goodison Park. Earlier this season, City drew with Everton 1-1 at the Etihad, with two missed penalties from City players

Now the Citizens hope for revenge at the Toffees’ home. Vincent Kompany might make his first appearance for City since November, as he needs to prove his fitness in hopes to be included in the Champions League knockout stage squad.

Here are a few players from both sides who could make an impact on the game:


Gareth Barry

With midfielder Idrissa Gueye gone from the squad to play for Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations, Barry is expected to step up and fill his absence. The 35-year-old veteran has managed to keep his legs strong, and his physicality in midfield could be troublesome for City attackers.

Barry is a former Citizen, and played for the club during the majority of his prime. While Gueye holds the top spot in tackles in the Premier League this season there should be no absence of them since Gareth Barry has the most tackles in Premier League history. Do not expect the midfielder to show much remorse towards his former club.

Yaya Touré

With Fernandinho out serving a four-game suspension, Touré will start in his place once again. The City veteran has scored twice in the Premier League this season, and his mix of attacking and defending play should help the City midfield.

While most Ivory Coast players left to represent their country in the Africa Cup of Nations, City fans do not have to worry as Touré retired from international play last year. He must perform at his best to keep the City midfield secure on Sunday.

Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian striker has scored 11 goals this season, the fourth best mark in the Premier League. While he has a strong left foot and can finish from range, he is especially known for his physicality and aerial ability.

City has been lackluster at defending headers so far, as Nicolas Otamendi has been shaky as center back. Expect him to duel with Lukaku for most of the game, as their skills match up quite evenly.

Sergio Agüero

The Argentine striker is tied with Lukaku with 11 goals this year, but Agüero has missed a total of seven games due to red card bans this season. Agüero also missed a penalty against Everton at the Etihad, so he is looking to avenge his miss.

His consistent ability to pierce opponent’s defenses should be essential to City’s attack, as the Toffees will have their hands full trying to prevent attack from the wing. Look for Agüero’s name on the scoresheet if City pulls out a victory.