Everton vs Manchester City Preview
- Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
- Time: 12:30p.m. (EST)
- Network: NBCSN
- Location: Liverpool, England
- Venue: Goodison Park
- Capacity: 39,572
The Season So Far
The Toffees are currently going through one of their worst starts in recent memory. The pressure is already mounting on manager Marco Silva after a very rough opening to their Premier League campaign. With only managing 7 points from a possible 18, Everton needs to start producing the results, especially with the personnel they have. After spending upwards of $100 million on some high-quality talent, it is fair to say Everton are severely underachieving.
As for Manchester City, on the back of their 8-0 demolition job of Watford, Guardiola’s men are looking as strong as ever. Last weekend’s result was a display of the destruction they can do to other teams when they are at the top of their game. They also showed that they can rest players like Raheem Sterling, do without their first choice center-backs and still put in a stellar performance.
Everton will be without Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes and summer arrival Jean-Phillipe Gbamin. Gomes will miss the game against City with a rib injury while Gbamin has a quadricep problem. Marco Silva has the options of bringing in Alex Iwobi and Dominic Calvert-Lewin who have both been pushing for starts in recent weeks.
Manchester City are at full strength in the forward line with the potential return of Raheem Sterling to the starting line-up. Benjamin Mendy could hold down his left-back spot after putting in a good display last weekend against Watford. Fernandinho will partner Nicolas Otamendi at the center of the defense after injuries to John Stones and Aymeric Laporte.
A Numbers Game
- Everton has only just won one of their last 12 Premier League matches against Manchester City (W1 D4 L7).
- City has scored 24 goals so far in their opening six league games. This is second to only to the 25 goals Wolverhampton Wanderers scored in 1955-56.
- If Manchester City are victorious against Everton, they will make it four consecutive victories against the Toffees for the first time since March 1972.
Predicted Line Ups Everton vs Manchester City Preview
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Schneiderlin, Delph, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Kean.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Mendy, Gündogan, David Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Agüero.
Score Prediction Everton 1-3 Manchester City
Written by Jacob Robson
Photo credit to Everton Football Club via Flickr