Everton and Man City both enjoyed 3-nil victories last time out, against Southampton and Chelsea respectively, and we’re expecting more goals in this game with both teams looking dangerous up front so far this season with their fast, fluid and attacking style of play.
To help with your FLIP Sports fantasy team selection for this match, we’ve picked out those players we’re expecting strong performances from:
Manchester City’s captain is seemingly back to his indomitable best. He was determined not to let Diego Costa get the best of him in the last match, and went on to score a decisive goal at the other end. It was his second goal of the season so far—he didn’t score at all last season (although injuries limited him to 25 appearances). Kompany’s ability to read the game means he rarely has to make a last ditch tackle or a nervous clearance—shown by the stat that he makes under one tackle per game! If the Belgian can stay fit this season we expect him to keep Manchester City in the title race right up until the last day, if that’s what it takes.
The second City player to make the cut in our FLIP Sports team, Fernandinho was named MotM against Chelsea last time out after a stellar performance. The game may have been in the dying stages, but the Brazilian was able to cap his efforts with a superbly taken goal. His defensive contribution so far has been spot on too, making four successful tackles per game, allowing his midfield partner Yaya Touré to push further forward. Bought in the same summer Tottenham bought Paulinho, the City man has been the polar opposite in terms of success. Against Everton he’ll be tasked with shackling players like Ross Barkley and cutting off service to Lukaku—the Merseysiders will need to come up with something special to get past Fernandinho.
Named as the ‘honourable mention’ pick in his last game, Lukaku enjoys a FLIP Sports promotion to the first team this week. He was named MotM against the Saints, and it’s not hard to see why. Southampton simply had no answer for his powerful runs and clinical shooting—the Belgian scored twice from just three shots, won three aerial duels and completed three dribbling runs. He seems driven to overcome his difficult last season, and if he keeps playing this way, Everton fans are in for a treat. Lukaku had a lot of joy against Fonte and Yoshida, but Kompany and Mangala will be a different prospect.
England starlet Barkley would have made it as our midfield pick were it not for Fernandinho’s excellence against Chelsea. The Everton academy graduate was in truly fearsome form against Southampton, completing over a hundred passes and capping his creativity with a finely taken goal. He was able to run the game by providing the pass before the pass, and he will need the players around him to give him useful options against City’s strong defence. He was wasteful running with the ball at his feet, however, and should he repeat that in this game Everton could be punished—and swiftly.