PL Preview: Manchester City v. Everton

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  • Man City has won only two of its last seven matches against Everton in all competitions and has managed only one clean sheet in that run. Everton has drawn its last three Premier League away matches against City, with only four goals being scored in these meetings (two each).
  • Under Pep Guardiola, Man City has conceded seven PL goals against Everton. It’s the most the club has allowed to any Premier League team in that span.
  • Man City hasn’t lost a PL match against a non “big six” opponent since January 2017, against Everton. Since then, it has won 139 points out of a possible 153 in these matches (W44 D7 L0).

For the first time since April, Manchester City enter a Premier League match on the back of a defeat, as the Sky Blues prepare to take on Everton at the Etihad Stadium, Saturday morning (U.S. time)  (Watch live at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Chelsea shocked the world with a 2-0 win over Manchester City last Sunday, but after a strong mid-week performance, even with so many stars injured, Manchester City and manager Pep Guardiola appear to feel confident the club can return to its winning ways. Guardiola said ahead of the match that Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and John Stones will all be assessed ahead of the match, and could play a part.

For Everton, Idrissa Gueye is an injury worry but after a wild, 2-2 draw with Watford, Marco Silva‘s side is looking for its first win since it beat Cardiff three weeks ago.

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A win for either team would push them up in the table, putting plenty on the line as the Premier League weekend action kicks off.

What they’re saying

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on facing Everton: “We make good games but we dropped four points. Tomorrow is another game, the Everton team has changed completely with Sigurdsson and Richarlison, Yerry Mina – it is a top side. I’m really impressed with how they have done so far. It will be a tough game. We will see how we react playing at 12.30 p.m. (local).”

Everton manager Marco Silva on the Man City challenge ahead: “Of course, we will have our plan for the match,” he said. “We know City are a very good team with a very good manager, too. We know we are playing against possibly the best Premier League team. They have a lot of individual quality. It will be tough for us, but it is a good game for us to enjoy, to challenge a team like (Manchester) City. Our players have shown we like these type of games.”

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Prediction

Manchester City is not used to losing, especially in the league, and should Aguero, de Bruyne and Stones return, it will be a very tall task for Everton to overcome the talent gap. Everton may make it a game for a while, but Manchester City should pull out the win at home. Manchester City 3-1 Everton