Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City seem to be running away with an unassailable lead in the English Premier League and while the other hopeful challengers are hoping they stumble against Everton, it is not looking likely.
This fixture was initially scheduled for December before a coronavirus outbreak ravaged City’s squad, but Guardiola’s crop have won their last five league encounters with Everton, scoring at least two goals on each occasion.
Everton are fresh off a humiliating 2-0 home defeat at the hands of relegation-threatened Fulham, which left them in seventh place with 37 points, 16 behind the league leaders though the Toffees have two games in hand.
City are looking unstoppable to say the least as they come into the midweek encounter searching for a 17th straight win in all competitions after a more than convincing 3-0 thrashing of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur.
The visitors make the trip to Goodison Park having won their last nine on the road in all competitions – five in the Premier League – and City are expected to prolong Everton’s misery on home soil.
What time does Everton vs Man City start?
The game will kick off at 11:15pm Kenyan time at Goodison Park.
Everton vs Man City team news
The imminent return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin – who is expected to be fit for this tie – ought to be a major boost as the 23-year-old aims to build on the 13 Premier League goals he has already scored this season.
England number one Jordan Pickford is also expected to be fit for this tie after missing out on the last two games with a minor injury.
James Rodriguez went off injured against Fulham and could feature from the bench alongside Allan.
For the visitors, two-goal Ilkay Gundogan also limped off over the weekend and could be a doubt, meaning Phil Foden could start in the midfield three.
Riyad Mahrez came off the bench in the win against Spurs and could be handed a start and many will be hoping to see Sergio Aguero return to action after he was seen on the City bench over the weekend.
Everton vs Man City head to head
Many would expect City to hold a healthy advantage over the hosts in the past but they have won 17 times and Everton have managed 15 victories out of the 40 matches they have played.
The remaining 8 games have ended in a draw.
Everton vs Man City current form
Everton are struggling, having only managed one win in the league from their last five matches and will need an improved performance from everyone on the pitch if they are to avoid defeat.
Man City are flying high after making it 16 wins on the trot against Spurs on the weekend.
Everton vs Man City prediction
With the return of their star forward, Everton will get a goal to their name and so will the visiting City. Though, Guardiola’s side are miles ahead in terms of quality and are expected to come out on top to make it their 17th straight win.