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Five changes for Toffees clash - Aguero on bench

Five changes for Toffees clash - Aguero on bench
Pep Guardiola makes five changes from the side that lost to Brighton in midweek.

Kyle Walker, Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus all return, with Bernardo, Ilkay Gundogan, Rodrigo and Ferran Torres making way.

Joao Cancelo is suspended.

Sergio Aguero will begin his Etihad farewell afternoon on the bench.

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Teams

City: Ederson, Walker, Zinchenko, Dias, Stones, Fernandinho (c), De Bruyne, Foden, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez

Subs: Steffen, Ake, Gundogan, Aguero, Laporte, Rodrigo, Bernardo, Torres, Mendy

Everton: Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Doucouré, Allan, Davies, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison

Subs: Iwobi, Nkounkou, Bernard, André Gomes, Coleman, Neves Virgínia, Olsen, John

A DAY TO CELEBRATE - AFTER FULL-TIME

Make no mistake about it, City want to win this game.

It would be easy to think that, with a Champions League final just a week away, an unfamiliar starting XI could have been named to protect against injury.

But as Guardiola stated, injuries can happen anytime, anywhere and he wants his players sharp and ready for Chelsea.

Resting the players Pep knows are likely to start next weekend could have led to a slight lack of sharpness - hence the team he has named.

Plus, there is the small matter of the Premier League trophy lift at the end of the game and the champions will want to end their domestic campaign on a high.

Most of all, this is Sergio's final Etihad appearance in sky blue this afternoon.

The players will be desperate to help him get a goal to sign off 10 magnificent years if and when he comes on.

Let's hope he gets the chance to sign off in style.

A NOISY ETIHAD - FINALLY!

It's been 15 long months since City fans last had the chance to cheer on the boys at the Etihad.

There were a couple of thousand at Wembley had the opportunity to cheer City on in the Carabao Cup, but today we'll have 10,000 in.

For those lucky enough to be there, sing your hearts out and show your appreciation for what this magnificent group of players have achieved this season.

And let Sergio know what he means to every City fan...

LAST CHANCE SALOON?

Today will be the final opportunity for several players to convince the manager that they should start against Chelsea next Saturday.

Pep has suggested he has an idea of the team he wants to field, but it isn't written in stone.

What better incentive to go out and give it that last final push?

Stats and facts

  • City have lost their final league fixture in just one of the past 12 seasons (W9, D2). That was at home to Norwich in 2012-13.
  • If he plays, this will be Sergio Agüero's final Premier League appearance for City. The Argentinian is the highest scoring non-English player in the competition's history, with 182 goals. His average of a goal every 109 minutes is the best of any player to have scored at least 10.
  • City manager Pep Guardiola has won all four of his Premier League games on the final day of the season.
  • Everton's past five league wins have been by a 1-0 scoreline.
  • The Toffees could equal their club record of 12 away league wins in a season.
  • They can also match the club top-flight record of five consecutive away clean sheets.
  • Everton haven't won their final league game in any of the previous four campaigns since beating Norwich 3-0 in 2015-16 (D1, L3).
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