After Saturday’s extravaganza against Watford and a classy performance against Preston in midweek, Manchester City look to make three wins in a week as they head to Merseyside to face Everton. Everton could be considered a bit of a bogey side for the Blues especially at Goodison Park.
Head to Head
Manchester City have won their last 3 games against Everton including the last two at Goodison Park. However since the first ever meeting between the two sides back 1899 the champions have lost 68 games to the Toffees and conceded 249 goals. Pep Guardiola suffered his heaviest ever domestic defeat of his managerial career at Goodison Park back in 2017 when the Blues were beaten 4-0.
Gabriel Jesus has scored 4 goals against the Toffees since he joined City, both in his last two appearances at Everton, including one last season where a 2-0 victory saw City return to the top of the Premier League table on goal difference. Sergio Aguero has only 3 goals in 15 appearances against Everton and hasn’t scored away there since 2014.
Manchester City remain without Leroy Sane, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones due to injuries, however Guardiola is expected to make a number of changes to the team that progressed through to the 4th round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. Oleksandr Zinchenko could also return to the match day squad after being omitted last weekend.
Everton are expected to still be without Andre Gomes who has a rib injury and Jean-Philippe Gbamin due to a thigh problem.
City come into the game in second place and remain 5 points behind leaders Liverpool, having won 4, drawn 1 and lost 1 so far in the league. Marco Silva’s Everton have struggled since the start of the campaign sitting 14th in the table and having lost their last 2 games. The most recent a 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United last weekend.
The Managers Thoughts
Pep Guardiola described Everton as an “incredible team” in his press conference ahead of the game. The Catalonian said how Everton “is one of the toughest games” and that “the players know how difficult it is.”
Guardiola also continued to stand firm on his stance regarding the incident regarding Bernardo Silva and a tweet about Benjamin Mendy. He said “Bernardo is absolutely not guilty. His intention was just a joke.” He went on to say “It is what it is. Bernardo will learn a lesson, and it will not happen again.”
Everton boss Marco Silva described City as “one of the best in Europe” and that he and his side should “believe in ourselves and in our capacity to play with aggressiveness without the ball and with the ball.” and that “when we have the ball we have to show our quality”
Micheal Oliver will take charge of City for second time this season, the first being the 2-2 draw against Spurs back in August. He will be joined by assistants Stuart Burt and Dan Robathan with Andre Marriner to take charge of VAR for the tea time clash against Everton on Saturday.
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