Manchester City welcome Everton to the Etihad Stadium on New Year’s Eve in a game that has different implications for both. Manchester City vs Everton English Premier League. Frank Lampard’s job at Everton is now one of the most fragile in the entire top flight. Arsenal’s superiority means that despite a very strong start to the season, Man City find themselves five points off the top.
Thirty-five points from a possible 45 is a remarkable start, but the loss to Brentford before the break was too costly. In the 38-game season though, City are still the most fancied team to finish on top.
Manchester City vs Everton English Premier League
That’s largely thanks to the presence up front of Erling Braut Haaland, who has already scored 20 Premier League goals for the season in their 3-1 win over Leeds United on Wednesday, the quickest of anyone to reach the milestone in the campaign.
Strength in depth is another key factor, as manager Pep Guardiola can leave Phil Foden, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte on the bench in midweek and still win comfortably.
They have beaten Everton in all of their last 10 meetings, but the last meeting at Goodison in February proved highly controversial when City took the three points despite a very obvious penalty being avoided against them after Rodri’s handball.
Four consecutive defeats in all competitions for Everton, all against sides from around the relegation zone, have left Lampard on the brink of Goodison Park.
At a Glance
Leicester City came to Goodison and convincingly beat Bournemouth just days before the World Cup break, scoring seven goals in two games before completing a league and cup double over the Toffees.
In their competitive return, bottom-of-the-table Wolverhampton Wanderers came to Merseyside and left with three points.
They are not yet in the relegation zone, but a defeat here and some unprofessional defensive consistency in their recent matches will leave them very vulnerable, with the bottom three teams within reach. Manchester City vs Everton English Premier League.
Next week’s match against Brighton & Hove Albion is expected to be make or break for Lampard as there is an acceptance that they will likely lose at the Etihad.
However, if they lose here, they must ensure the scoreline doesn’t turn ugly and play to the will of a team that looks set for a relegation battle, which Lampard admits they are now in after defeat to Wolves.
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Mahrez, Haaland, Foden
Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko; Onana, Gueye, Iwobi; Gordon, Maupay, Gray
Prediction Manchester City vs Everton English Premier League
We say: Manchester City 3-1 Everton
If Man City are in the mood, nothing can stop them and they will have no problem creating chances against the team with the most shots in the league.
Once Everton go behind, they rarely recover, so an early City goal could mean a long afternoon for the Toffees in Manchester.