The former West Ham winger feels a 4-3-3 that turns into a 4-5-1 defensively would work.
Indeed, the summer signing has been training this week and many have hoped he could play a part at the Etihad Stadium but Etherington wouldn't start him.
The former West Ham man is no doubt taking the need to be defensively solid at Manchester City into account.
And he also feels Pedro Obiang should start instead of Manuel Lanzini, with Adrian replacing Darren Randolph in goal.
Etherington was still responded to with criticism, as some labeled his XI too attacking. But he replied with the suggestion this Hammers side would switch to 4-5-1 when Manchester City were on the attack.
Yea you can go 4-5-1 defensively and 4-3-3 in attack. A lot of work for Moses/Payet granted. https://t.co/tWTmSkpOZ2— Matthew Etherington (@mattyethers) September 18, 2015
There are plenty of selection dilemmas facing boss Slaven Bilic this weekend, of course, many of which he will welcome.
It's a sign of a newfound strength in depth at West Ham and the Croat will be hoping to put it to good use at the Etihad.
Does he sit back and go for the draw or go all out knowing there is very little to lose and that the east London side have already beaten Arsenal and Liverpool this season?