Our live stream ahead of Mondays Premier League match, Everton vs Man City is now up and running, kicking off at 20.00 GMT
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more…
Despite being dumped out of the EFL Cup in cruel fashion by Manchester United, Everton went into their Boxing Day clash with Sheffield United on the back of three successive league victories – including a memorable 2-1 win over Arsenal last weekend.
However, Carlo Ancelotti’s men did not have it all their own way against a lowly Sheffield United side and were frustrated by the Blades for 80 minutes, but Gylfi Sigurdsson popped up with the winner 10 minutes from time to ensure that the Toffees won their fourth Premier League game in a row.
With victory over Sheffield United, Everton successfully took advantage of Leicester and Manchester United dropping points to leapfrog both of their European rivals into second place – just three points behind Liverpool.
City took another giant stride forward in their quest for a fourth-straight EFL Cup triumph with a dominant win at Arsenal in midweek, and Pep Guardiola’s men followed that up with a routine home win over Newcastle.
While the Citizens still find themselves outside of the top four, Guardiola’s crop are only one point behind arch-rivals Manchester United and two below Leicester City – who have played a game more – and the four-time Premier League winners are starting to hit their stride at a crucial time.
The two clubs last met on new years day, with the Citizens winning 2-1 at the Etihad…
On this seasons progress…
“After one year we have progressed really well, the team has a really good spirit. The players are motivated and we have made good signings.”
“We would also like to improve next season. We are pleased to be in second place but our target hasn’t changed.”
“There is a lot of competition in the Premier League, with a lot of fantastic teams. We are happy to be second but our target is to reach a European position.”
On possible title challenge…
“We have to be honest, we are not at the same level as these teams [competing for the title]. We would like to be as soon as possible. We are working for this.”
“The players that were out for the game against Sheffield United will also be out against City,”
“Richarlison is following the concussion protocol. I think he is fine and after the game against City he will be ready. “
“For Allan and Digne, we have to wait a little bit.”
“Realistically, we do not [have a timeframe] for Allan’s return. I think it will be after the break [in mid-January].”
“Lucas Digne is making really good progress and I think he will be ready at the end of January. “
“He is starting individual sessions and we are really surprised about [the speed of] his recovery.”
On the health of his squad… [with Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus absent having tested positive for COVID-19]
“The rest are well. We will test again – all of us – and hopefully, the day of the game against Everton, we can be ready.”
“We thought about starting with Sergio (against Newcastle). We need him, I need him.”
“(On Saturday) I had very good news in general: the fact he played for 15, 20 minutes and we saw him sharp, dynamic and good.”
“It’s incredible news for us – we need him. Absolutely. We’re looking forward to him coming back but at the same time, we have to be careful.”
“We cannot do what we did in the past when he came back and was injured. I want to handle the minutes.”
“(Against Newcastle) I saw him do well, especially in his mind. I love this guy! He’s an incredible person and we need him.”
“In saying that, Ferran Torres made an incredible job. We cannot forget he is a winger, playing in a position that is not usual.”
“He’s a winger making different actions. It’s not normal playing this position but he’s helping a lot with his movements and runs in behind.”
On De Bruyne…
“We need him. Kevin is one of the biggest stars in the world right now.”
“He is an outstanding player and I know how important he is for us. Sometimes, like in the game against Arsenal, he didn’t travel.”
“I prefer to have him fit for the Premier League, especially now the Champions League is over, and focus on the Premier League.”
“Other competitions are important but we don’t want to be so far from the top of the Premier League.”
“We have one game (in hand) against the ‘surprise of the competition – Aston Villa are doing incredible.”
“It will be an incredibly tough game against them but in the way we are going to play, we are going to find our rhythm and be close to the top of the league.”
“Hopefully, we will arrive in the last eight or 10 games being there to fight against the teams above us.”
Everton Premier League form: LDWWWW
Everton form (all competitions): DWWWLW
Manchester City Premier League form: WWDDWW
Manchester City form (all competitions): WDDWWW
Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Godfrey; Gomes, Doucoure; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Mendy; Rodri, Fernandinho; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero
Under 2.5 Goals – 13/10 with FanTeam
Everton have returned to form with a fourth consecutive win in the league. The Toffees have managed three clean sheets in that period and have seen five of their last six games feature under 2.5 Goals.
Manchester City are enjoying a six-game unbeaten run with uncharacteristically low-scoring games. Only one of their last 12 Premier League games have seen over 2.5 goals. Five clean sheets from the last six suggests that Everton will find it tough to get on the scoresheet.
Time to take a look at our Everton vs Manchester City live match stream as it happens…