2020/21 Premier League Champions Manchester City welcome Everton to the Eithad on the final day of the season with the Toffees still an outside chance for European qualification.

There will likely be a party mood in East Manchester as fans will return to the stadium for the first time in 14 months to greet the top flight title winners.

Pep Guardiola has overseen three Premier League title wins in the last four seasons and City’s insatiable appetite for trophies may not die down just yet.

With the Champions League final against Chelsea just around the corner, Guardiola is likely to heavily rotate his side for the visit of Everton.

The same can’t be said for Carlo Ancelotti, who knows his Toffees side can still earn a place in the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League next season if they can finish 7th.

The Merseysiders will need to win at the Etihad and hope Arsenal and Tottenham both drop points in order to qualify for Europe next term.

Therefore you’d imagine the Italian will select as strong a squad as possible for the trip to Manchester to give themselves the best chance.

Everton have been excellent on the road this season – in stark contrast to their form at Goodison Park – and will need one last away result to upkeep their end of the European bargain.

They may feel confident in knowing Manchester City will likely select a fringe squad with one eye on that Champions League final in Porto, as well as being off the back of an unlikely 3-2 loss at Brighton last time out.

Joao Cancelo was sent off for City in that game on the South Coast and is suspended against Everton, whilst Ilkay Gundogan limped off at the Amex Stadium midweek and won’t be risked ahead of the cup final with Chelsea.

Kevin De Bruyne is also recovering from a recent knock and may well be kept in cotton wool considering he is one of City’s most influential performers.

Striker Sergio Aguero is likely to feature though, in what will be his last ever game for Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The Argentine is the club’s record goalscorer and will no doubt be handed a rapturous send off infront of the returning home crowd.

Everton will remain without Jean-Philippe Gbamin through injury, whilst returning Colombians Yerry Mina and James Rodriguez will be a boost ahead of the game.

Manchester City v Everton kicks off at 4pm on Sunday 23rd May.

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