Welcome to the live coverage of the Premier League as Manchester City and Everton square off for what is set to be a hostile affair at the Etihad as we welcome Monday Night football back into our schedules. Will Pep’s terrifying attacking force continue their dominance over the Toffees at the Etihad stadium?
We’ll have all the latest before the big kick off at 8:00 PM BST / 00:30 IST .
Pep Guardiola will be out with out Benjamin Mendy and İlkay Gündoğan who are both recovering from a thigh and knee injury respectively. The positive news however is that both have resumed light training and are expected to be back up to speed by September.
“Provisional squad: Ederson, Bravo, Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Adarabioyo, Mangala, Toure, Fernandinho, Foden, Diaz, De Bruyne, D Silva, B Silva, Sane, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero.” ~ Evening Standard
All eyes will be on the big Icelandic playmaker Sigurdsson who is expected to make his league debut for Everton after completing a switch from Swansea on Wednesday.
Ronald Koeman will depend on Wayne Rooney to inspire the team. His experience of beating City on numerous occasions in the past will add an extra bit of an incentive for Rooney to turn up tonight. A last minute decision will be made on Sandro Ramirez who is recovering from a heel problem. Ross Barkley and James McCarthy are the notable absentees for Everton who are yet to have been involved in any competitive fixture.
“Provisional squad: Pickford, Stekelenburg, Martina, Keane, Williams, Jagielka, Baines, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Klaassen, Davies, Besic, Lennon, Sandro, Rooney, Calvert-Lewin, Mirallas, Holgate, Lookman.” ~ Evening Standard
The team shirts tonight will feature the worker bee to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and Barcelona.
Managers have their say –
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “We try to have the best squad possible for the long season.We’re going to see how the market finishes until the end of the season. If we have to stay with the players we have right now, we will be happy. If someone comes, we will be happy too.”
Everton manager Ronald Koeman: “We know in seven days we play three away games, difficult ones, which starts on Monday with City.But okay, it is a nice challenge. They [City] are strong, but we like to be strong and are fully confident we will go there, play and do the maximum to get a good result there. ~ Via BBC.
Head to head
~ The Toffees haven’t managed to beat City in their last 7 PL games outings at the Etihad.
~ The last time these two outfits met , Everton ran out 4-0 winners at Goodison Park in January.
~ Everton last recorded a win at the Etihad in 2010 when Leighton Baines and Tim Cahill netted in a 2-1 victory.
Kyle Walker is set to make his 200th Premier League appearance – Photo – Getty
Everton’s fixtures after this match –
- Chelsea vs Everton
- Everton vs Tottenham
- Man Utd vs Everton
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Aguero needs one more goal to become the all-time highest ever non-European goalscorer in Premier League history – he’s currently level with Dwight Yorke on 123 goals. – Via Dailymail.
Team news to follow soon.
Man City XI vs. Everton: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo; Fernandinho, D. Silva, De Bruyne; Jesus, Aguero.
Everton XI vs Manchester City: Pickford, Keane, Williams, Jagielka, Schneiderlin, Baines, Gueye, Holgate, Rooney, Davies, Calvert-Lewin.
Only @AlanShearer (11) has scored more goals against Man City in the #PL than @WayneRooney (8) #MCIEVE Rooney’s opening goal on the opening day against Stoke was his 199th in the Premier League, putting him one away from becoming only the second player to bag 200 in the competition after Alan Shearer (260)
Everton will look to bridge the the gap to top 6. They begun with a 1-0 victory over Stoke last week and they will try their best to build on that.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 21, 2017