Preview: Manchester City vs. Everton

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Premier League clash between Manchester City and Everton, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

Manchester By will look to win back-to-back in the Premier League when they welcome Everton to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Citizens went into the international break after a 2-0 win over Manchester United, while Everton picked up a point at home against Tottenham Hotspur in their last top game.

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Preview: Manchester City vs. Everton© Reuters

Man City have not had it all on their own in the Premier League this season and have already lost two of their 11 matches, including a shocking 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace at the end of October, but they were excellent in a two – goal victory against Man United in the Manchester derby.

The result moved the Citizens into second place in the table, just three points behind leaders Chelsea, and they have a huge finish in November, where they face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League next week before welcoming high-flying West Ham United into the league on November 28.

Man City were surprisingly knocked out of the EFL Cup by West Ham in the round of 16, but are on track to reach the round of 16 in the Champions League, which is at the top of Group A with nine points.

Pep Guardiola‘s team has actually won their last seven Premier League matches against Everton and scored 21 times in the process, including a 5-0 win in the corresponding match last season.

However, Southampton and Palace have both prevented Man City from winning at the Etihad Stadium in the league during this period, and Everton were impressive on their last visit to Manchester, claiming a point against Man United in early October.

Everton's Richarlison looks down after Watford's Juraj Kucka scored their second goal on 23 October 2021© Reuters

The Toffees got off to an impressive start to the Premier League season 2021-22, winning four of their first six matches and suffering only one defeat in the process, with a new head coach Rafael Benitez enjoy a good start.

Everton, however, are without a win in their last five in the league, but suffer three defeats in the process, including a shocked 5-2 home loss to Watford at the end of October.

A record of four wins, three draws and four defeats has brought the Merseyside giants 15 points, leaving them in 11th position, just two points behind Man United in sixth place.

The Toffees have not even managed to claim a point against Man City since August 2017, while they have not beaten the Citizens away in the league for almost 11 years.

However, Benitez will definitely have a tactical plan in mind for this competition and there is no doubt that the Merseyside club have the players to hurt Man City, who fought against Palace at the Etihad Stadium last time.

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Team news

Kevin De Bruyne warms up for Man City on October 30, 2021© Reuters

Man City will be without services from Kevin De Bruyne, which tested positive for coronavirus, while Jack Grealish is unlikely to be with due to an injury he sustained while on international service.

Phil Foden is also a big doubt, after also suffering a crack that represents England, which means that there may be a start in the last third of the field for Raheem Sterling, with Gabriel Jesus goes through the middle.

Ferran Torres is also still out with a foot injury, however Aymeric Laporte is available after a suspension and the Spanish national team player can step in instead John Stones in start XI.

As for Everton, Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will again be unavailable for selection, Benitez confirmed at Friday’s press conference.

Tom Davies is also out with a knee injury while Mason Holgate is serving the first of a three-match quarantine following his red card in the goalless draw with Tottenham.

Richarlison, Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray everyone is expected to keep their seats, but there may be a change in an attack area, with Alex Iwobi potentially come in for Anthony Gordon.

Manchester City’s possible starting line-up:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Bernardo, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

Everton’s possible starting line-up:
Pickford; Coleman, Godfrey, Keane, Digne; Townsend, Allan, Delph, Iwobi; Gray; Richarlison

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We say: Manchester City 2-1 Everton

Man City will be without some key players on Sunday, and it is always difficult to know exactly what to expect from matches right after an international break. We are backing Everton to make this a difficult match for the Citizens, but we are still confident the reigning champions will go on to win at home.

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