Everton vs Manchester City
Venue: Goodison Park
Referee: Craig Pawson
Manchester City have a chance to go top of the Premier League table tonight with a win against Everton at Goodison Park. The Citizens have a chance to head to the summit albeit temporarily after their former manager Manuel Pellegrini handed them a boost after restraining Liverpool to a single point on Monday.
Everton’s form has been erratic in the past few weeks and after a dismal loss to Wolves at Goodison Park at the weekend, frustration continues to rise with Marco Silva on an exponential level. The Toffees are crying out for a change, a revitalisation, and Marco Silva could not have asked for a better opponent for it to come against.
In a rather daunting schedule, City come into this game having just played a physically demanding game against Arsenal and they will welcome Chelsea to the Etihad on Sunday. This sandwiched fixture may be a potential banana skin and Guardiola will be hell-bent on avoiding it, given how Liverpool’s loss of four points in their last two games has reinvigorated the title race.
Manchester City have lost three of their last five away fixtures in the league (vs Chelsea, Leicester and Newcastle).
Everton vs City has seen a minimum of 2.5 goals in each of the last three times the teams have met at Goodison Park.
Manchester City have been winning at the end of both halves in five of their previous six league fixtures.
(Stats by WhoScored)
Marco Silva did state that Idrissa Gueye would be fit in time to face the defending champions, giving him a decision to make – does he ease him in, or put him straight into the XI on account of the urgency of the required result? Defensive trio Phil Jagielka, Yerry Mina and Leighton Baines will all be unavailable for selection but Lucas Digne is once more eligible after serving his suspension.
For the visitors, Vincent Kompany and Claudio Bravo will be absent while Benjamin Mendy is also unlikely to feature with Guardiola taking the utmost precaution with the Frenchman’s nagging knee problems. The rest of the squad is available to be called upon, with the only doubt being potentially Kevin De Bruyne, who went off with a little discomfort against Arsenal.
Predicted Starting XIs
Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Gomes, Gueye; Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert Lewin
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Danilo; Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Sterling, Jesus, Sane
Score Prediction: Everton 0 Manchester City 2
Everton haven’t been in the best of form lately and combined with the incentive for City to get a result, I doubt Everton will be able to cause an upset. Despite the rotation that is sure to be involved, City’s quality should shine through and enable them to pick up the necessary victory.