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Match Preview: Everton vs Manchester City

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Manchester City travel to Liverpool this weekend, but don’t get that much excited because it is Everton who they are visiting in the seventh Premier League round.

Reigning champions Manchester City are facing a tough test in top-flight English football, as they meet Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow evening at 18:30 (CET).

Their trip to Merseyside comes on the back of a 3-0 away win at Preston in the EFL Cup and the 8-0 thrashing of Watford in the Premier League over the last weekend.

Everton also progressed onto the next round of the English League Cup, as they noted a 2-0 away win versus Sheffield Wednesday thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s double.

The Toffees, however, lost their last two league games to Bournemouth and Sheffield United respectively. They will be looking to register their third win in the new season when they host the title holders on Saturday night.

Marco Silva’s side sits in 14th place with only seven points on their account, while Manchester City have collected 13 so far, placing themselves in second – five points behind leaders Liverpool.

Team news

The hosts will miss midfielders Andre Gomes (ribs injury) and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, who is out for at least another month with a thigh injury.

Other than that, Marco Silva does not have any other concerns, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin expected to keep his place in the starting line-up after a stunning display in the EFL Cup midweek.

Man City will travel to Merseyside without long term absentees Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte, as well as John Stones who will miss the encounter with his former side through a thigh injury.

Pep Guardiola will definitely have a headache over who starts in Citizens’ attacking line, as literally all of his strikers have been on fire in the past few weeks.

Talk to the press

Pep Guardiola defended Bernardo Silva over the accusations he faced for sharing a racist joke on twitter with Benjamin Mendy.

“Honestly, I don’t know what will happen. They should put their focus on another issue because they don’t know which guy you are talking about,” said Pep at a press conference.

“Bernardo is one of the most lovely people I ever met in my life. He speaks four or five languages and that is the best way to understand how open-minded he is and one of his best friends is Mendy. He’s like a brother for him.

“The image is not about the color of the skin. He took a picture of Benjamin when he was young and he related it to this cartoon, which was quite similar for the image. If they want to do that [investigate] and ask for Bernardo, I think he will be open to talking.”

Stats

One of Pep Guardiola’s lowest points in his whole managerial career came at Goodison Park when Everton humiliated his City side with a 4-0 win back in January 2017.

The Spaniard won his next two visits to the blue side of Merseyside, noting 3-1 and 2-0 wins in March 2018 and February 2019 respectively.

Everton’s 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United last weekend ended their six-game winning streak at the Goodison Park in top-tier English football.

Manchester City also suffered a defeat the last time they played on the road in the Premier League, losing 3-2 to newcomers Norwich City.

Their previous defeat came to Newcastle United back in January, as they went on to register 17 wins and just one draw in the 18 league games in between.

The Citizens failed to score only once on their last seven visits to Everton across all competitions – in the already mentioned 4-0 loss two and a half years ago.