Manchester City will hope to keep their quadruple dream alive as they travel to Goodison Park for the FA Cup quarterfinal clash.
After securing a quarterfinal berth in the UEFA Champions League, Manchester City will now look to progress to the semifinals of the FA Cup as they face Everton on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s men are competing in all competitions at this stage of the season, and his dream of winning a quadruple is still very much alive.
The away game against Everton will be the last match for City before players travel for their respective international assignments. Guardiola is expected to make a few changes to his side, however, he will still field a strong team, considering how important this game is in terms of their quadruple aspirations this season.
Zack Steffen started against Swansea in the last round of the FA Cup and is expected to start between the sticks on Saturday. Aymeric Laporte will come back into the starting lineup in place of John Stones who might be rested. Laporte will partner Ruben Dias at the centre-back position.
Joao Cancelo will occupy the right-back position, whereas, Oleksandr Zinchenko is expected to start at left-back. This means that Kyle Walker who started in the Champions League game against Gladbach will drop to the bench. Fernandinho is in contention to start against Everton and should get the nod over Rodri to start as the centre-defensive midfielder.
Kevin De Bruyne will hold his place in starting lineup and will continue to provide the creativity from midfield. Ilkay Gundogan, who was on the scoresheet in the midweek, will complete the three-man midfield for Manchester City. The German has been in terrific form this year and has been Pep’s go-to man on several occasions.
Riyad Mahrez is expected to start on the right-wing ahead of Ferran Torres. The Algerian has been City’s standout player this year and has established himself as a regular. Meanwhile, the latter had shown signs of promise earlier at the start of the season, however, since then his role in the squad has withered away.
Raheem Sterling was missing from the matchday squad against Fulham last week and was also on the bench against Borussia Monchengladbach in the midweek. He has dismissed any talks of a personal rift with Pep Guardiola and should start on the left-wing against the Toffees.
The striker’s position is up for grabs as both Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero did not start in the UCL match a few days ago. However, Pep will prefer to start Sergio Aguero on Saturday, given that the Argentine striker is low on confidence and certainly needs more playing time under his belt to be back to his best.