Everton and Manchester City will go head-to-head at Goodison Park on Saturday, 26th February in the Premier League, with both teams anxious for three points for very different reasons.
When Manchester City goes to Goodison Park to play Frank Lampard’s Everton on Saturday evening, the Premier League leaders will be hoping to get back on track.
Toffees, on the other hand, are looking to bounce back and might move five points clear of the relegation zone if they manage to pull off an upset against their opponents.
Everton had a poor 2-0 loss away at Southampton last weekend, failing to score a single shot on target in a game. Earlier, they had a comfortable 3-0 triumph at home against Leeds United.
Stuart Armstrong and Shane Long scored in the second half to consign the Toffees to their 13th league loss of the season, with 12 of them coming in their past 16 games in the division.
With two wins at Goodison Park and two losses on the road, Frank Lampard has had a mixed start to life as a manager in Everton. After Burnley’s shock victory over Tottenham Hotspur in midweek, his team is only two points above the relegation zone. Lampard played 38 times for Manchester City between 2014 and 2015.
It will be a difficult task for Everton to overcome a Manchester City side that they have only beaten once in their last 17 Premier League meetings, including defeats in each of their last eight in a row; only the Toffees have lost more consecutive league games in their history, which came against Portsmouth (13) between 1948 and 1956 and Manchester United (nine) between 1999 and 2004.
Everton will need to find their best form quickly if they are to salvage what they can from a disappointing season, with an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Boreham Wood and then four consecutive league games against Tottenham Hotspur, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United, and Watford on the horizon. However, success on Saturday is unlikely.
In contrast to Tottenham fans and football fans in general who were enthralled by last weekend’s five-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City fans who witnessed Harry Kane put in a magnificent performance against the team who were so desperate to sign him last summer were left with their hair on their necks.
The Citizens were thought to have salvaged a point with a stoppage-time penalty kick converted by Riyad Mahrez, but Kane headed in a thrilling 95th-minute winner to grab all three points for the visitors and bring City’s 15-game undefeated league run to an end.
Pep Guardiola has insisted throughout the season that the title race is not yet over, and the race for the Premier League title is now the tightest it has been in months, with Liverpool now nipping at City’s heels in second place, sitting only three points behind the summit following their emphatic 6-0 win over Leeds United in midweek, and the two sides are now locked in a dead heat.
Guardiola’s Manchester City have won each of their previous five away games against Everton in all competitions after suffering a crushing 4-0 defeat in his first-ever visit to Goodison Park. As of today’s match, the Citizens have amassed a 12-game undefeated league road streak, winning ten times and drawing twice since their opening-day loss to Tottenham. They have also only surrendered eight goals in that span.
A win on Saturday will give City the confidence to go into three consecutive matches in three different competitions – against Peterborough United (FA Cup), Manchester United (Premier League), Sporting Lisbon (Champions League) – on a high note. City has won two of their last three matches in all competitions.
EVE vs MNC, EPL 2021/22
Date: 25th February 2022
Time: 11:00 PM IST
Venue: Goodison Park
Everton Premier League form:
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Manchester City Premier League form:
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Everton wins: 68
Man City wins: 77
Yerry Mina, Ben Godfrey, Tom Davies, and Fabian Delph are all expected to miss many more weeks of action owing to muscular injuries. Everton, on the other hand, is hoping to have Abdoulaye Doucoure and Demarai Gray available for this encounter.
In addition to Jack Grealish (shin) and Gabriel Jesus (muscle), Pep Guardiola has a fully-fit team to choose from, according to the manager.
When they speak to the media, both coaches will offer updates on their teams’ health.
Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Kenny; Townsend, Allan, Van de Beek, Gray; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo; Mahrez, Foden, Sterling
Because so much is riding on the result of this game, both teams are likely to go all out for victory. It’s not like they have a choice, as goals tend to flow when both teams come together.
For the visitors, this is particularly true given they have scored 10 goals against Everton in their past three encounters with the Reds without answering. The hiring of Frank Lampard as manager of Everton has done nothing to calm the waters at Goodison Park, as the Toffees are still beset by the same problems that have dogged them throughout the season.
Seeing their advantage at the top of the league cut any further will worry Manchester City, and we expect Pep Guardiola’s team to record a comfortable victory.
Predicted Score- EVE 0-4 MNC