Foot Predictions shows Wednesday’s Premier League clash between Everton and Manchester City, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
An inconsistent Everton host a seemingly unstoppable Manchester City in Goodison Park in the Premier League in the rescheduled playoff on Wednesday night.
The Toffees were put to the test by Fulham, threatened with relegation, by 2-0 in their last match, while Man City had 16 consecutive wins with a resounding 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Carlo Ancelotti chose not to deliver Joshua King his first start at Everton even in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and it was not long before the illustrious Italian was attacked by his team against Fulham.
The Toffees had placed Tottenham Hotspur for five in the FA Cup a few days earlier, but failed to break Scott ParkerFulham’s resolute outfit as a support for Josh Maja saw the Cottagers travel back to the capital with three vital points on the stock exchange.
Having now won just one of their last five Premier League games, Everton’s top four players are shrouded in uncertainty as they are in seventh place in the ranking, although they have at least one game in hand over most of the teams around them , and the fourth placed Liverpool are just three points ahead, after playing two more matches.
The inconsistent nature of the Toffees is seriously undermining their ambitions to bring Champions League football to the faithful of Goodison Park, but the imminent return of Calvert-Lewin – who should be fit for this tie – should be a big boost for the 23 – is 13 years old and intends to build on the 13 goals scored in the Premier League he has scored this season.
However, trying to win a ruthless Man City uniform will require 10/10 performance from all players on the pitch, especially since Everton have won just one point out of the last 12 at Goodison Park – failing to score in three of those matches before receiving the best defense in the league in Merseyside.
Almost no team is immune to Manchester City’s offensive exploits, and in particular Ilkay Gundogan, who scored his 10th and 11th Premier League goals of the season in his team’s 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night.
Pep Guardiola he had already witnessed his team break the all-time English record for consecutive victories against Swansea City before the Spurs’ victory marked their 16th recovery, and it is difficult to see where their phenomenal streak could end at this pace.
With Manchester United and Liverpool suffering more mistakes in the glory race, Man City opened a seven-point lead at the top of the standings, having played one game less than their opponents, and if it weren’t for the Guardiola title, losing before the Spurs’ visit, it certainly is now.
Visitors travel to Goodison Park after winning the last nine away games in all competitions – five in the Premier League – and City are expected to prolong Everton’s misery at home with their 17th trot win this week, with recent history suggesting that they can do just that.
This clash was initially scheduled for December, before a coronavirus outbreak devastated the City team, but Guardiola’s season has won its last five league games against Everton, scoring at least two goals at a time.
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Ancelotti was optimistic about the availability of Calvert-Lewin for this game, so the England international should return to lead the attack of the hosts, after losing Fulham and his compatriot Jordan Pickford is also in line to return to the goal.
Yet, James Rodriguez left injured in Sunday’s defeat and is unlikely to be risky, even if he has a quick recovery, but Allan has a chance to return to the bank on the weekend.
Alex Iwobi and Michael Keane will also be hopeful of memories for the first XI for the City visit, with the potential for the latter to return seeing Ben Godfrey changed widely.
The joy of Gundogan’s goalkeeper against Tottenham soon died, as he was forced to get rid of a groin problem in the embers of the match, and the midfielder was not photographed in the next day’s training, so he is a big doubt for This one.
Sergio Aguero made the bank over the weekend, but it will not be pushed directly into the first XI as it eases its way back, and while Kevin De Bruyne and Nathan Ake remain marginalized, Ruben Dias must return to the starting lineup after recovering from a fever.
If Gundogan really misses this weekend, Phil Foden could move to midfield three, allowing Riyad Mahrez go back to the flanks like Gabriel jesus starts in the middle.
Possible Everton’s initial lineup:
Pickford; Godfrey, Keane, Holgate, Digne; Doucoure, Davies; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin
Possible initial lineup for Manchester City:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Rodri, Silva, Foden; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling
Probability: Everton 1-2 Manchester City
Man City’s recent defensive record away from home is not as strong as the performances at Etihad, and Calvert-Lewin’s expected return is expected to help the hosts attack. However, the visitors still scored just seven goals away from home in the league throughout the season and their winning streak doesn’t seem to end anytime soon, so we can only imagine another victory for Guardiola’s men on Wednesday, even if the prolific one. Gundogan stay out.
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