It is exceptionally tight at the top of the Premier League table this season, with reigning champions Manchester City currently second and three points off Chelsea at the summit. For Everton, they would have been hoping to mount a European charge this campaign, but currently find themselves in the bottom half of the table.
Pep Guardiola’s men have had their fair share of issues this season, chiefly losing to Tottenham and Crystal Palace, but they signed off for the international break in style, putting rivals Manchester United to the sword in a 2-0 win at Old Trafford in what Gary Neville describe as a “calm annihilation” by the visitors.
Such was the manner of City’s win, and the sheer domination of an exceptionally one-sided contest that the 2-0 scoreline flattered them heavily, but focus now shifts to another North West opponent in Everton, who have lost their last seven Premier League matches against the Premier League champions.
Rafa Benitez started the season like a house on fire, but cracks have started to emerge in recent matches. The Toffees are winless in their last five games, including three consecutive defeats in that time, but a 0-0 draw with Antonio Conte’s Tottenham has just given them some belief heading into this fixture.
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Man City vs Everton: Match Stats
Everton’s main issue this season has been that they start slow. They have scored the third-fewest goals in the first half (four), with only Crystal Palace (two) and Aston Villa (three) netting less in the opening 45 minutes of this Premier League season. In fact, a whopping 75% of Everton’s goals have come after half-time (12/16). On the flip side of the coin, no side has shipped fewer goals in the first 45 minutes than City (one).
If one player is going to have a say in this game, it will likely be Gabriel Jesus. The City striker has notched an incredible eight goals against Everton in his City career. That is more than he has against any other club, with the Brazilian averaging a goal every 69 minutes against the Toffees.
23 May 2021 – Man City 5-0 Everton – Premier League
20 Mar 2021 – Everton 0-2 Man City – FA Cup
17 Feb 2021 – Everton 1-3 Man City – Premier League
01 Jan 2020 – Man City 2-1 Everton – Premier League
28 Sep 2019 – Everton 1-3 Man City – Premier League
As alluded to, City have won their last seven Premier League matches against Everton, scoring 21 times and conceding only five in that time. Their most recent contest at the Etihad saw Guardiola’s men put five past Jordan Pickford in what was Carlo Ancelotti’s last game as Everton manager before he joined Real Madrid in the summer.