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City to lift title and bid farewell to an icon in season finale - Manchester City v Everton Preview
Watch Manchester City face Everton live on Sky Sports Premier League as the blues lift the Premier League title and give an emotional farewell to record scorer Sergio Aguero.
10,000 Manchester City fans will attend the Etihad Stadium tomorrow for the first time this season as they bid an emotional farewell to Club legend, Sergio Aguero after he will lift his fifth Premier League title. This is the first time that the Etihad will welcome spectators inside since February 19th, 2020, a 2-0 win against West Ham. It is far from a full crowd on Sunday but it is definitely the beginning of better times to come.
The Etihad Stadium will welcome back 10,000 lucky supporters on Sunday as the blues lift their fifth Premier League title and say goodbye to legend Sergio Aguero.
City have made an official statement, urging fans to stay in their seats as they have something planned for their top goalscorer after the 90 minutes against Everton has finished and after the thoroughly deserved title lift. The Sky Blues have already faced Sunday's opposition twice already this season and won them both 2-0 and 3-1 after they were too afraid to play them earlier on in the season so postponed the game.
Everton have the opportunity to finish in a European Conference League place if they better whatever Tottenham Hotspur does. They can still mathematically finish in a Europa League spot, but it would require them to overcome a goal difference of eight between themselves and West Ham United. They would also need The Hammers to lose their game and Spurs to fail to win.
Pep Guardiola will meet Carlo Ancelotti once again, this is the first time doing so since the Spaniard dethroned the Everton boss as the manager to take charge of the most Champions League knockout games.
Head to Head:
The Sky Blues have the edge over the Royal Blues in the history books, with the Manchester side coming away victorious 75 times. However, it is relatively close as they have walked away on the losing side, 68 times. While both sides have taken a share of the spoils on 47 occasions.
Manchester City won the last meeting 3-1 at Goodison Park as Pep Guardiola's side stormed towards the title, making it seven unbeaten against tomorrow's visitors.
This is the first time in Manchester City's history where their European campaign hasn't already finished before the Premier League campaign. They face Chelsea in the Champions League final six days after the closure of the 20/21 Premier League season.
Guardiola has acknowledged the risk of injuries but has also emphasised that his best players need to be as fresh as possible before heading into the final. The City boss confirmed that everyone is fit ahead of the game, including their #10 and Kevin De Bruyne, who hasn't featured in recent weeks.
4 - Kevin De Bruyne has been absent since Manchester City's second-leg victory over Paris St. Germain, on May 4. He'll be forced to ramp up his fitness if he expects to start the final and part of that gearing up may come against Everton.
You can imagine De Bruyne will start, giving him some vital minutes under his belt before City's biggest game in their history. Who will start around him?
Aguero will most likely start his final ever home game, if deemed fit enough, at the Etihad Stadium in a Sky Blue shirt and will receive a standing ovation any time he breathes, which will be nothing short of what he deserves.
The main question is who will play in defence? Aymeric Laporte has only played two games in the last month whereas John Stones has only played the one game since the second leg against PSG, but who is more likely to start the final?
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Bernardo; Mahrez, Aguero, Foden
2 - Sergio Aguero is two goals away from becoming the all-time Premier League leading scorer for a single club. The Argentine is also into his final two ever games for the club.