Though Manchester City are no longer top, a run of eight straight home Premier League (PL) wins, with City scoring 2+ goals each time – and a winning margin of 2+ goals in seven of them – suggests that this weekend will see them bounce back with a vengeance after last week’s loss at Chelsea.
City have scored 2+ goals in all of their last 19 PL home victories against teams outside the current top six. Indeed, last season’s corresponding fixture was the first of just two occasions (both draws) since August 2017 that City have scored under 1.5 PL goals at home against a non-top six side.
While not the ‘bogey team’ they used to be for City, Everton have still scored first in three of their last four PL matches against the English champions (W1, D2), and last lost a league match against City, after scoring first, back in May 2014.
Conceding first against City is always bad for Everton’s chances of victory though. The Merseyside club’s H2H record from the last five matches in that category reads: D1, L4, and they last came from behind to beat City way back in May 2011.
Players to watch: City’s Leroy Sané was at the double in midweek against Hoffenheim (2-1), and scored in his last clash with Everton.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin has bagged an assist in his last two matches against City.
Stat attack: Eight of City’s last nine matches have produced over 2.5 goals (in all competitions).
Across all competitions, City are without a clean sheet in five against Everton.
Additionally, four of the last five H2H matches have seen both teams score.
Everton have a PL record of: W3, D1, in matches played on 15 December, with an opposition own goal in the last two!
In away PL matches against the top six, Everton have lost the last five in which they’ve conceded first.
Will not play
(Achilles Tendon Injury)
(Lacking Match Fitness)
Referee: Pawson C. (Eng),
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester)