Everton v Man City
Everton welcomes defending champions, Manchester City to Goodison Park for this Saturday evening fixture looking to build on their 0-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup on Tuesday.
Having recovered well from their shock 3-2 loss at Norwich on Matchday 5, to trash Watford 8-0 in their last league game, Pep Guardiola would be hoping his players can get a 4th straight win as well as a clean sheet in this game.
Pep’s men are in solid away form ahead of this game. The Cityzens have won all but one of their last 5 away games and have kept a clean sheet in 3 of those games.
They have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five games as well and would kick this game off having scored 14 goals and conceded none in their last 3 games.
What we have seen so far
Marco Silva has missed the cover that Idrissa Gana so efficiently provided the Toffees back four for the 3 seasons that he served them before moving to PSG this summer.
They have kept just two clean sheets in the league this season and haven’t kept one since Matchday two. They would have been embarrassed by losing 0-2 to newly-promoted Sheffield United last weekend, but there isn’t much they can do against Manchester City, at least on paper.
Pep Guardiola had kept faith with most of the players that started the season with a 5-0 win over West Ham, but the shock loss at Norwich and injuries to their defenders brought about some changes.
Fernandinho is expected to start at centre back in this game as well, with the return of Raheem Sterling still in the balance after the likes of Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez gave a good account of themselves against Norwich.
Head to Head record
Manchester City has come out on top in the most recent clashes between these sides. The Cityzens have won the last 3 meetings between them including winning both fixtures last season.
Everton have missed the services of Jean-Philippe Gbamin who was signed to replace Gana, and the Ivorian would still unable to play this game. Andre Gomes has also not recovered from a rib problem and misses out as well.
Having scored twice against Sheffield Wednesday, Dominic Calvert-Lewin might be given the nod to start up front ahead of the likes of Moise Kean in this game as he has 3 goals in his last two starts.
Manchester City would be without the services of long-term absentees, Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte, as well as John Stones. Benjamin Mendy is back from a long injury layoff and it would be interesting to see if Pep gives him the first start or continues to play Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Pep made lots of changes in his side’s easy win against Preston North End on Tuesday. This means that he would have the luxury of picking a team of players who have rested for a week, that would be a major advantage for his side.
With 14 goals scored and none conceded in their last 3 games, Manchester City seem to have a squad that is full of in-form players. However, the pick of the bunch would still be Sergio Aguero.
The Argentine is arguably the best striker in the Premier League at the moment and has shown that with his 8 goals from 6 league games so far. He comes as the perfect choice for any time scorer, priced at 4/5 with Betfair.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored 3 goals in his last 2 starts in all competition. The England U21 striker has scored or assisted a goal in each of his last 3 games against the Cityzens and could also be a good choice for anytime scorer priced at 15/4 with Betfair.
Manchester City have lost just a game in all competitions this season and that came away at Norwich two Matchdays ago. That can easily be seen as an uncharacteristic slip up by them as they come here in solid form having won all of their last three games with clean sheets.
Everton on their part, have been struggling this season and Marcos Silva would have breathed a sigh of relief when they beat Wednesday in midweek. The Toffees have won two of three home games this season, but their capitulation against Sheffield United last weekend shows that Goodison Park is not exactly a fortress.
With Manchester City scoring goals for fun, Over 2.5 goals priced at 1/40 by Betfair is currently the best odd for this game.