By Jonty Sutherland. LAST UPDATED October 14th, 2016

Man City versus Everton: Aguero and De Bruyne doubts for Saturday’s clash

Both sides keen to put aside dips in form

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Ronald Koeman’s Everton travel to the Etihad to face Guardiola’s charges after the international break.

Manchester City will hope to get back on track after dropping their first points of the season in a 2-0 loss to Spurs at White Hart Lane two weeks ago. City missed the influence of the injured Kevin De Bruyne and not even the second half introduction of Ilkay Gündogan and Kelechi Iheanacho could bring them back into the game.

Ronald Koeman’s Everton also come into the game with just one loss from their opening seven games. However their strong start has started to fall away as they lost to Bournemouth and drew with Crystal Palace leaving them in fifth place at the end of September. They will be disappointed not to be sitting higher in the table.

With both sides looking to put aside recent dips in form and solidify their positions in the table, this game at the Etihad should be a very competitive one.

Team news

Leighton Baines looks set to return to Everton’s starting lineup after a hamstring injury ruled him out of a handful of games while Koeman will hope that Phil Jagielka recovers in time for Saturday after pulling out of the England squad with a thigh problem.

Man City also have a number of injury worries particularly in attacking areas. Guardiola waits to see if Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are able to overcome injuries before Saturday’s 3 o’clock kick off. Both De Bruyne and Sterling took the international break to recover but Aguero insisted on playing for Argentina in midweek despite picking up an injury in training.

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