Saturday, 28 September 2019
Premier League action returns to Merseyside as Everton welcome champions Manchester City at Goodison Park.
After struggling at Goodison Park in his early days, Pep Guardiola has won his last two visits there and will hoping to make it three in a row.
The Toffees have previously been Man City’s Waterloo defeating them 4-0 in January 2017 with goals from Kevin Mirallas, Romelu Lukaku and Ademola Lookman. But those are days long past with all three goalscorers going on to new clubs.
The disparity in league form between the two sides could be seen when Everton lost 2-0 at home to newly promoted Sheffield United as the visitors breezed past Watford demolition them by 8 goals to nought.
Everton have been pathetic this term already losing to Bournemouth and new boys Aston Villa and Sheffield. This is despite going large in the summer on signings.
The poor form is resulting in heavy pressure on manager Marco Silva with his fortunes resting on an unlikely positive result against the Citizens. Currently they look like a club lacking in strategy with their massive investment seemingly falling out of place.
For a side expected to challenge for the top 6, they languish 14th on the log. They did at least return to winning ways midweek with Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagging a brace against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup.
Silva could make some changes to the side last lost to the Blades with Lewin and Alex Iwobi pushing for inclusion.
Michael Keane, Seamus Coleman and Gylfi Sigurdsson should all return to the starting XI after being left out in the cup fixture as new signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin continues another month on the sideline with injury.
The champions will be looking to keep leaders Liverpool on their toes at the summit of the league.
The Reds have an early Saturday kick-off where they could move 8 points clear with a win over Sheffield United.
They comfortably dispatched Preston North End 3-0 in the Cup with their squad depth there to see as Raheem Sterling, Bernado Silva and David Silva among the goals.
Their main concern however lies in defence with Nicolas Otamendi as their only fit senior centre-back in the squad. Midfield general Fernandinho will continue to partner the Argentinian against Everton.
Benjamin Mendy is in contention for a start after recovering from injury with Rodri, Riyad Mahrez and Ederson all to return to the squad.
Sergio Aguero is in the best league scoring form of his career finding the net in his last 7 appearances. Only 3 players have ever done so in eight in a row.
Aguero will be counting on the fine form of Belgian maestro Kevin De Bruyne who has created more than chances than any other player in the league so far.
Head to Head:
The hosts have won just one of their last 12 league meetings against Man City
Manchester City win with over 2.5 goals in total