Goodison Park will play host to a high profile clash this weekend, as Sam Allardyce’s Everton host Premier League leaders, Manchester City, in the late kick-off on Saturday.
Everton are the only team yet to be beaten by Man City in the league this season. Pep Guardiola’s side could become only the third team to beat all other teams in a single Premier League season, after Chelsea in 2005-06 and Manchester United in 2010-11.
Everton head into this tough fixture in very good form. The Merseyside Blues have won their last two Premier League games. The Toffees have not won three consecutive Premier League games since January 2017.
Everton’s 4-0 win in this fixture last season is Pep Guardiola’s heaviest ever league defeat as a manager and one of just three occasions in his managerial career he has lost by four goals. Guardiola has faced Everton more often without winning than any other opponent as a manager (three games).
Pep Guardiola is currently in 49 Premier League wins from his 68 games in the competition. If he wins against Everton, he will be the second quickest manager to reach 50 wins in the Premier League, after Jose Mourinho who achieved the feat in just 63 games.
In 41 Premier League meetings between the two clubs, Everton have won 18 times while Man City have won 14 times.
Sam Allardyce’s side have won six of their last nine home games against Man City in all competitions, drawing one and losing the other two, winning 4-0 last season under Ronald Koeman.
Man City are winless in their last four Premier League matches against the Toffees, last going five league games without a win against them in December 1989.
Players to Watch
Cenk Tosun has netted four goals in his last three games for Everton, after failing to find the net in any of his first four.
Nicolas Otamendi has completed more passes than any other player in the Premier League this season. The Argentine defender has also made 52 tackles in the league this season, which is the most by any City player. Otamendi is also a constant threat on set pieces and has four goals to his name in the league this season.
Defender Ashley Williams is out due to suspension. Gylfi Sigurdsson is set to miss at least a month due to his knee injury. Idrissa Gueye is out with a leg injury. James McCarthy is out injured while Mason Holgate is doubtful.
Long-term absentee Benjamin Mendy is back in training. Sergio Aguero is carrying a knee injury and is doubtful to face Everton on Saturday.
Everton Vs Man City Predicted XI
Everton Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Defense: Coleman (RB), Keane (RCB), Jagielka (LCB), Baines (LB)
Midfield: Davies (CDM), Schheiderlin (CDM), Walcott (RAM), Rooney (CAM), Bolasie (LAM)
Man City Lineup (4-3-3)
Defense: Walker (RB), Kompany (RCB), Otamendi (LCB), Delph (LB)
Midfield: De Brunye (RCM), Fernandinho (CDM), Silva (LCM)
Everton Vs Man City Prediction
It would be foolish to predict against Man City because of the nature of football we have seen from Pep Guardiola’s side this season. However the Merseysiders have been in good form recently and they also have a very good record against City in recent times.
Guardiola has been unable to defeat Everton as a manager and if Sam Allardyce set his tactics and team setup spot on this Sunday, the Toffees can trouble City.
We predict Everton to held City to a 1-1 draw.