Everton vs Manchester City; Match Preview, Head to Head, Match Predictions
Everton are set to play hosts to Manchester City at Goodison Park on Tuesday for their latest Premier League assignment.
Everton come into this game on the back of a 1-0 win over struggling Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. A late second-half goal from Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson ensured victory for Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton as Sheffield United continue to be winless in the league so far.
Manchester City, on the other hand, beat Newcastle United 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium. Goals from German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Spain international Ferran Torres secured the win for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
This week’s hosts moved up to second in the Premier League table with that victory against Sheffield United on Boxing Day – with Merseyside rivals Liverpool two points ahead before they face West Bromwich Albion on Sunday – and Everton successfully took advantage of Leicester and Manchester United dropping points to leapfrog both of their European rivals in the table.
Ancelotti’s side recovered well from their EFL Cup exit and will be out to win their fifth Premier League game on the bounce when they face off against City, who are hot on the heels of the top four heading into 2021.
Everton’s recent spurt of good results is even more impressive considering the personnel missing from these successes. However, the return of Seamus Coleman against Sheffield United on Saturday may be followed up by the reintroduction of James Rodriguez who has missed the last five matches.
Monday’s visit from City comes too soon for Allan, Lucas Digne and Richarlison, while Fabian Delph is alongside long-term absentee Jean-Philppe Gbamin in the treatment room.
Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Godfrey; Gomes, Doucoure; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin
City took another giant stride forward in their quest for a fourth-straight EFL Cup triumph with a dominant win at Arsenal in midweek, and Pep Guardiola’s men followed that up with a routine home win over Newcastle.
Ilkay Gundogan took just 14 minutes to put City ahead on Boxing Day, with Ferran Torres doubling the hosts’ lead in the second half as City ran out comfortable winners on their own turf – their third win on the bounce in all competitions.
While the Citizens still find themselves outside of the top four, Guardiola’s crop are only one point behind arch-rivals Manchester United and two below Leicester City – who have played a game more – and the four-time Premier League winners are starting to hit their stride at a crucial time.
City have enjoyed a parsimonious streak. While the goals may not quite be as free-flowing, Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in their last ten matches across all competitions, letting in just two goals in this streak.
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Mendy; Rodri, Fernandinho; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero
Head to Head
In 31 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, the record is fairly even. Manchester City have won 13 games, lost 12 and drawn six.The two clubs last faced each other in January this year, with Manchester City beating Everton 2-1 courtesy of a brace from Brazilian attacker Gabriel Jesus. Winger Richarlison scored the consolation goal for Everton.
Guardiola’s only reverse against the Toffees was a significant one – his former Barcelona teammate Ronald Koeman masterminded a shocking 4-0 win to inflict the heaviest league loss of the Catalan’s managerial career back in January 2017.
- Man City win
- Both teams to score
- CS 1-2