Posted by admin on February 17, 2021
An inconsistent Everton host Manchester City at Goodison Park today, playing a rescheduled fixture due to Covid-19.
Early on in the season, the Toffees looked quite capable to challenge for a top-four finish this season, but inconsistency in providing those implicative wins has left Carlo Ancelotti’s crop in seventh, though with two games in hand to the detriment of those around them.
However, trying to get their Champions league prospects back on track with a win over Man City, will require pretty much more than just a 100% efficiency in attack and defense, simply because they have taken only one point from the last possible twelve at home -failing to score in all three matches.
Everton’s last league match was a by far more than disappointing 2-0 loss to Fulham, who currently sit in the relegation zone, looking to leave by stringing a series of good performances.
With talisman Dominic Calvert-Lewin unavailable for that fixture, Ancelotti did not hand Joshua King a start and after losing the match, his match selection for the Fulham game, took not long to come under the microscope and scrutiny by the Goodison Park faithful, luckily for him DCL might be available for as the the Toffees play the Cityzens at home.
Ever since Man City began their relentless full on attack assault while maintaining a defensive solidity on any PL team they come against, no team has seemingly developed an immunity to Pep Guardiola’s attacking prowess, most recently cruising to a resounding 3-0 dispatching over Tottenham Hotspurs on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s side, having already broken the all-time English record for consecutive wins, look to set the bar higher as they undoubtedly would require massive stopping in securing a 10th straight win of a calendar year, surpassing the former record, set by Manchester United.
With the most likely title challengers below Guardiola’s team suffering more slip-ups for the English crown, the Manchester team increased their lead to seven points at top and look to make it ten with a victory today as Everton host Manchester City.
The top teams nearest to Manchester City will hope the Toffees perform an unlikely upset to get them back into a closer title challenge.
Players doubtful to start and/or will not play
Everton – Jean-Phillipe Gbamin
Manchester City – Nathan Ake, Eric Garcia, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogän, Sergio Aguero.
Everton 1-3 Man City
Everton 2-0 Man City
Everton 1-3 Man City
Everton (home) – two wins in five matches
Manchester City (away) – five wins in five matches
Prediction: Man City Win
Based on recent form, you would likely envisage a Manchester City win although their away defensive record doesn’t match their home’s, having only conceded seven goals away.
Calvert Lewin is likely to return for the Toffees, but Everton still lack some necessary credentials to come away with an unlikely victory.
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