PREVIEW: Everton vs Manchester City

Manchester City are back in Premier League action when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton in Sunday’s early kick off.

Pep Guardiola’s side were victorious in the FA Cup third round last weekend when they wiped the floor with West Ham United in a 5-0 win at the London Stadium on Friday night.

Everton, meanwhile, were knocked out of the cup in a disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Leicester.

The last time these two sides met, City missed two penalties and had to settle for a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium back in October.

As this infographic courtesy of Premier League stats aficionados KickOff illustrates, City have won two of their last three games at Goodison Park, having lost the previous four to David Moyes’ Everton between 2010 and 2013.

City lost their last Premier League away match, which also took place on Merseyside, while the Toffees won their last league game at Goodison Park, beating Southampton 3-0.

The Blues have quietly hit a decent vein of form lately but they’ve lost as many Premier League games in their last seven (3) as they did in their previous 24. Everton are without a win in their last seven Premier League games against City (D3 L4). Prior to this run, they’d won six of the previous eight (D1 L1).

Yaya Toure has been directly involved in six goals in nine previous Premier League appearances against Everton (three goals and three assists).

Three of Everton’s last five goals against City in the Premier League have been scored by Romelu Lukaku.

New signing Morgan Schneiderlin is in line to make his debut but Ronald Koeman’s side will be without a key man for this one as Idrissa Gueye is away representing Senegal at AFCON 2017. Gueye has made 93 tackles this season – the most in the Premier League.

Predicted City line-up:

Player to watch: Vincent Kompany

City’s skipper is fit again and could come straight back into the team at Everton. He’s reportedly agreed to be more honest with the club’s medical staff and to take fewer risks with his body. If (and it’s a big if) he can stay fit, his quality and leadership will be hugely advantageous to City’s title bid in the final few months of the season. The Blues are yet to make a January acquisition but the big Belgian could be like a new signing. Let’s hope and pray that this isn’t just another false dawn for him.

Prediction: Everton 1-2 Manchester City

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