STAR PREVIEW Sun: Man City v Everton

Chelsea and Liverpool kept up the pace in the race at the top of the Premier League with wins yesterday and Manchester City can match them by beating Everton at the Etihad this afternoon.

City’s last fixture here was a shock defeat to Crystal Palace, but they bounced back afterwards with a 4-1 beating of Club Brugge and an almost disrespectfully comfortable win in the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford before the international break.

Pep Guardiola’s men return to league football with some injury & illness issues – Kevin De Bruyne has contracted Covid-19 while in Belgium and will have to isolate for 10 days, meaning he will miss the visit of the Toffees as well as games against PSG and West Ham, whilst Jack Grealish is also unlikely to be involved after picking up a knock with England, whilst the red-hot Phil Foden is a doubt as well with a slight knock.

However, these are situations that City are made for, and the likely midfield trio of Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, and Bernardo Silva should be more than capable of creating plenty of chances, whilst Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo provide plenty of width.

Man City v Everton
Premier League
14:00 Sky Sports Main Event HD / Sky Sports Premier League HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
MAY 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 5-0 Everton
MAR 2021 FA CUP Everton 0-2 Manchester City
FEB 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-3 Manchester City
JAN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-1 Everton
SEP 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-3 Manchester City
FEB 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-2 Manchester City
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 3-1 Everton
MAR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-3 Manchester City
AUG 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-1 Everton
JAN 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 4-0 Man City

Everton – who have lost three of their last five games, and only beaten Norwich in their last eight games in all competitions – have their own injury crisis, and it’s hit Rafa Bentiez’s side a lot harder.

They started the season brightly with wins over Southampton, Brighton, Burnley and Norwich, but they’ve struggled against better teams since, as injuries have taken their toll. Dominic Calvert-Lewin started the season in fine style with goals in his first three games under the new manager, but he’s not started since the end of August thanks to a thigh injury, whilst Everton will also be without Abdoulaye Doucoure (injured), Yerry Mina (injured) and Mason Holgate (suspended).

Manchester City should be too good for the visitors here, and 2-0 and 3-0 scores could be the best value option here. They’ve won seven league matches this season, and the only goal they’ve conceded in those games was a consolation penalty away at Brighton.


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