What Everton must do to beat Manchester City

Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their first goal with Everton manager Ronald Koeman

Everton will travel to Manchester City tomorrow and City will be favourites to win.

Ronald Koeman and Pep Guardiola before the 2009 Champions League final

Everton will face their biggest test of the season tomorrow as the Blues will come up against league leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The Toffees go into the game in fifth position after a successful start, whilst City are going into the game of the back of a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham. Pep Guardiola's team will be determined to get back to winning ways in order to remain at the top of the table.

Everton are winless in their last five league trips to the Etihad, having won the previous four in a row, but Ronald Koeman's side are more than capable of ending this run.

Here are three things Everton must do in order to pick up three points.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku in action

Romelu Lukaku must perform

Everton were given a boost with the news that Romelu Lukaku will be fit to play after picking up a thigh injury during international duties with Belgium. Saturday's game against City is the perfect opportunity for Lukaku to step up and show everyone the top-class player he can be. The 23-year-old has scored five goals in four Premier League appearances for the Blues this season.

If the Belgium striker is on form then it will give Everton a real chance to get something out of the game, whilst if the striker fails to perform then the Blues will struggle. Unlike City, Everton have not got a reliable striker who can come off the bench and score. The Toffees should not have to rely on Lukaku, but the failure to bring in a goalscorer in the summer has meant that Lukaku is Everton's only threatening up-front option.

Stifle Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne

Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne have been City's key players this season. Aguero is a threat to any team and has scored 11 goals in eight appearances for City, whilst De Bruyne has returned to training and could feature against Everton following a speedy recovery from his hamstring injury.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero in action

If the Belgium star is fit to play then this will give City a huge advantage. De Bruyne has arguably been City's best player this season and the midfielder has also provided the most Premier League assists with four.

Everton will have to work hard to ensure that they target Aguero and De Bruyne, if fit. The Blues will need to close both players down and ensure that they can keep Aguero away from goal.

Everton's defence must continue to shine

Everton currently hold the second-best defence in the league, with only Tottenham conceding fewer goals than the Blues. Everton's defence have the ability to prevent City from scoring. The Toffees will face former centre-back John Stones for the first time since his departure from Goodison Park.

The Blues' defensive statistics prove that they have coped fine without Stones. Everton's back four, with Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye helping out when needed from midfield, will be vital for Everton picking up a result. A win on Saturday would represent the club's best start since 1978.

Everton's Phil Jagielka in action

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