Sergio Aguero’s desire to play for his country must be admired, but if it comes at the expense of playing for Manchester City, boss Pep Guardiola is unlikely to be impressed.
The lethal striker missed eight league games last season, six of which due to an injury picked up while playing for Argentina.
After limping off in Saturday’s draw versus Peru, City fans would have been fearing the worst.
Aguero did manage to come through a 1-0 loss to Paraguay on Monday, but it leaves the question of match sharpness open to debate ahead of this weekend’s return to Premier League action.
However, we’ve done the research and it turns out Man City have fared absolutely fine whenever they’re without their talismanic hotshot.
That doesn’t bode well for opponents Everton weekend, should Aguero feature or not.
Since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011, the 28-year-old has made 150 Premier League appearance for the Citizens in his five full campaigns with the club.
In that time, City have picked up 97 wins and 26 draws, to rack up an average of 2.1 points per game.
But the blue half of Manchester have also had to battle on without Aguero on 40 league occasions, and impressively, they’ve won 25 and drawn nine of those.
The result? An average of 2.1 points per game. Who’d have thought it?
So whether or not Aguero is fit this weekend, City have shown over the past five years they’re very much capable of picking up results without him.
The Citizens are 10/21 favourites to beat Everton at the Etihad this weekends, but history shows you probably don’t need to wait for a decision on Aguero’s fitness before backing them.
Man City without Aguero –
2011-12 to 2015-16
P40 W25 D9 L6 = 84 points = 2.1 PPG
Man City with Aguero –
2011-12 to 2015-16
P150 W97 D26 L27 = 317 points = 2.1 PPG
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing