Everton expected 4-2-3-1 v Man City: Defender axed
By Emma Sanders
Leighton Baines is set to make his first Everton appearance since suffering a hamstring injury during the side’s victory over Middlesbrough, and should replace Bryan Oviedo on Saturday.
The Costa Rican came into the side following Baines’ injury but struggled as Everton suffered their first defeat of the season at Bournemouth.
Oviedo is expected to drop back out of the side after the club confirmed Baines will be available for selection on their official website and Twitter page.
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Apart from Baines, the side that featured in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace should remain relatively the same as Everton’s international stars have returned unscathed.
Despite criticism from the press on his performance for the Netherlands, Maarten Stekelenburg is expected to make his eighth league appearance for the club this season.
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Seamus Coleman should start at right-back after scoring his first ever international goal in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 victory over Georgia on October 6.
Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams are expected to line-up in the centre of defence, whilst Baines takes the left-back slot.
Idrissa Gueye and Gareth Barry should make up the Everton central midfield, with Yannick Bolasie adding attacking threat on the right side and Kevin Mirallas the same from the left.
Ronald Koeman’s biggest decision could be whether or not to start Ross Barkley with the young England international struggling to make headway this season.
However, Koeman is set to keep Barkley in the starting XI in the No. 10 role while Romelu Lukaku will head the attack.
In other Everton news, Ronald Koeman receives a boost ahead of the clash with Manchester City.