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Everton v Man City PL2: Key battles

DERBY DELIGHT: The-17-year-old's curling effort secured a point for Simon Davies' EDS against United earlier this month.

DERBY DELIGHT: The-17-year-old's curling effort secured a point for Simon Davies' EDS against United earlier this month.

Manchester City travel to Everton for a battle between first and second in the Premier League 2 on Sunday but where will it be decided?

After an excellent October in which Man City won all three matches and Paolo Fernandes was named as Player of the Month, Simon Davies’ side will be looking to extend their form.

Who in the Everton squad is most capable of stopping Man City’s excellent run and which City players will be tasked with stopping them?

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Tom Davies v Sadou Diallo

Davies is something of a free spirit on the pitch. His long, blonde hair and low-sitting socks may make him appear more like a member of a band than a footballer but give him a pocket of space and he can wreak havoc.

That makes his imminent battle with Sadou Diallo a duel of contrasts.

City's defensive midfielder has shone so far this season due to his discipline and tactical awareness.

He'll be hoping to shackle another creative midfielder on Sunday as he has already done to so many this season while remaining composed in order to start City's attacks.

Brahim Diaz v Callum Connolly

With the return to fitness of striker Lukas Nmecha, Diaz may soon return to his more familiar attacking midfield role.

However, after his man of the match performance in the number nine role last time out against Liverpool, the Spaniard could be tasked with occupying the central defenders again in this top-of-the-table clash.

If he is to be the spearhead of City's attack, Diaz will likely face another versatile operator in Callum Connolly.

After a first-team appearance at the end of the 2015/16 season and a loan spell at Barnsley, Connolly is well versed in the ways of the game and he'll be looking to use all his know-how to stop Diaz.

We’ll have full coverage of Everton v Manchester City in the Premier League 2 on Sunday 20 November on mancity.com!

After Everton, City’s PL2 team welcome Chelsea to the Academy Stadium on the 26 November. Visit the ticket office for information on how you can support our future.

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Gunn, Maffeo and Angelino are shining examples

FOOTWORK: Angus Gunn picks a pass.

Manchester City EDS boss Simon Davies has praised the outlook of City’s first team hopefuls who have stepped in to his side at crucial points this season.

Angus Gunn, Tosin Adarabioyo, Pablo Maffeo and Angelino are all part of Pep Guardiola’s squad but have appeared in some Premier League 2 fixtures to retain match sharpness.

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Grimshaw: Five tips to being a ball playing keeper

PLAY IT OUT: Daniel Grimshaw passing it out from the back

City’s UEFA Youth League star Daniel Grimshaw is a modern goalkeeper in every sense.

Having been at the club for a number of years, the lifelong City fan has a few words of wisdom to pass on to any aspiring ‘keeper.

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Davies: Team first attitude proving the difference

DAVIES: The Premier League 2 boss is delighted with his side's work so far

EDS boss Simon Davies is delighted with the attitude his side have shown so far this season.

Davies’ Premier League 2 team sit top of the table while the UEFA Youth League line-up are in a strong position to qualify from a difficult group that mirrors the first team.