Manchester City will be looking to keep Liverpool on their toes at the summit of the Premier League table when they travel to Merseyside to lock horns with the Reds’ bitter rivals Everton on Saturday.
Since suffering an unexpected 3-2 reversal against Norwich City a fortnight ago, the reigning English champions have won three successive fixtures with an aggregate scoreline of 14-0, including the 8-0 mauling of Watford last weekend and a midweek League Cup victory over Preston.
Meanwhile, Everton have stagnated in recent weeks, losing back-to-back league games at the hands of Bournemouth and Sheffield United, meaning a third consecutive defeat could pile serious pressure on the shoulders of Marco Silva.
Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, key men and more.
When is Everton vs Man City and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Goodison Park
Date: Saturday, 28 September 2019
Kick-off: 5:30 PM BST
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League
Last five meetings: Everton vs Man City
06 Feb 2019: Everton 0-2 Man City (Premier League)
15 Dec 2018: Man City 3-1 Everton (Premier League)
31 Mar 2018: Everton 1-3 Man City (Premier League)
21 Aug 2017: Man City 1-1 Everton (Premier League)
15 Jan 2017: Everton 4-0 Man City (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Everton (LLLDW) 0-0 Man City (WWWDL)
Ones to watch
Everton haven’t had much fortune in the No. 9 position in recent times, and that pattern of play has largely spilled over to 2019/20 despite recruiting insatiable starlet Moise Kean. As such, the Toffees have had to source goals from further back, and Richarlison has thus far proven the most likely goal-getter this term, leading the scoring charts with two league finishes. The Brazilian’s ability to drift infield and pop up in threatening positions could prove problematic for Pep Guardiola this weekend, should the 22-year-old be in the mood that is.
Key stat: No Everton player has registered more shots (17), had more touches in the opposition box (30) or scored more goals (2) than Richarlison in the Premier League this season.
Man City: Kevin De Bruyne
To think the Citizens clinched a domestic treble last campaign without the talismanic influences of De Bruyne is frightening really, illuminating Guardiola’s achievement all the more. However, this term the Catalonian has been able to consistently call upon the 2017/18 Premier League ‘Playmaker of the Season’, with the Belgian back, fit and firing on all cylinders, and he has so far been making up for lost time in emphatic fashion.
Key stat: No player has created more chances than Kevin De Bruyne (27) in the Premier League this season.
Andre Gomes hasn’t featured since the 3-2 win over Wolves at the start of this month and remains out due to a rib injury, while summer signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin will continue his rehabilitation on the sidelines with a quadricep problem.
Predicted XI: Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne; Delph, Schneiderlin; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.
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Centre-back duo Aymeric Laporte and John Stones continue treatment for a knee and thigh injury respectively, while Leroy Sane remains out with a knee injury of his own.
Predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy; Rodri, David Silva, De Bruyne; Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Aguero.
On their day Everton have the capabilities of upsetting any Premier League side, but with their current form coupled with the recent momentum carrying Guardiola’s juggernaut, a third successive defeat is the most likely result on Merseyside for Silva.
Scoreline prediction: Everton 0-3 Man City