Manchester City welcome Everton to Etihad Stadium in the first of this weekend’s Super Sunday double bill.
Victory will see Man City reclaim second in the standings whereas Everton can go seventh with a win.
Jack Grealish is a doubt for Man City after suffering an unspecified injury whilst on international duty with England.
Phil Foden (knock) is a doubt but and Kevin De Bruyne is ruled out after testing positive for Coronavirus, whilst on duty for Belgium during the international break.
Ferran Torres (foot), Liam Delap (ankle) and Benjamin Mendy (personal) are still ruled out indefinitely.
Everton will be without Mason Holgate as the defender serves a three-match ban after his red card in the goalless draw against Tottenham just before the international break.
Yerry Mina (hamstring) and Andre Gomes (calf) are set to be in contention if declared match fit but Tom Davies (knee), Abdoulaye Doucoure (foot) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (quad) remain ruled out.
- Manchester City are unbeaten in their last nine meetings against Everton in all competitions (W8, D1).
- Everton are winless in their last 11 visits to Man City across all competitions (D4, L7).
- City’s Gabriel Jesus has scored five goals in his last three appearances at home against Everton (W3).
- Coming into this matchweek, no player has produced more passes in Premier League this season than City’s Joao Cancelo who has made 862 passes in 11 appearances.
- Everton’s Allan is one of three players to have made a league-high 33 tackles this season, alongside Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Crystal Palace’s Tyrick Mitchell.
Man City come into this match off the back of a positive win in the Manchester derby against Man United in which they played on the front foot throughout, in particularly exposing Utd’s shaky flanks but could of been more clinical with chances given their dominance.
Everton meanwhile will be hard done by in their goalless draw against Tottenham because they looked dangerous throughout the game, yet a mixture of poor finishing and dodgy refereeing decisions went against them but a point is a positive result.
This game though feels like it is City’s to lose given their impressive home form against Everton but if Grealish and Foden are not available, their absences alongside De Bruyne will definitely be felt but the hosts should still pull a win together.
Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Everton
Result: Manchester City 3-0 Everton