Everton vs Man City predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture tonight


Manchester City look to make it four straight victories in all competitions ahead of their game against Everton having secured all three points on Boxing Day with victory over Newcastle. The Toffees will be difficult opponents though with Carlo Ancelotti’s side looking to extend their own win streak after four successive Premier League wins, with their latest coming on Boxing Day against winless Sheffield United, thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal with 10 minutes to spare.

Pep Guardiola will be aware of the need to keep in touching distance of champions Liverpool in order to keep alive hopes of dethroning Jurgen Klopp’s side, and maximum points will likely be required at Goodison Park before travelling down to Chelsea in order to avoid the gap widening between themselves and the champions.

The Toffees will hope to keep the pressure on rivals and leaders Liverpool, with the champions looking strong already in their title defence, despite suffering injuries to key players this season.

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Guardiola will hope to call on Sergio Aguero once again, with Gabriel Jesus contracting Covid-19 recently, and the Spaniard insisting he “needs” the Argentine striker: “We discussed whether to start with Sergio [against Newcastle]. I need him. It was very good news in general that in the minutes Sergio played we saw him sharp and dynamic. This is incredible news for us. We need him, absolutely. But we have to be careful. We cannot do what we did in the past, when he comes back [too soon] and then gets injured. I still want to handle the minutes but I saw him well – and I love this guy.”

Here’s everything you need to know about this compelling Premier League match on Merseyside:

When is it?

Everton vs Man City takes place on Monday, 28 December.

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What time does it start?

The match will kick off at 8pm GMT.

How can I watch it and is there a live stream?

The match will be shown live on Amazon Prime.

You can live stream the match on desktop or the Prime Video app.

What is the team news?

Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker remain out after testing positive for Covid-19, while Eric Garcia is also out. Rodri appeared to have been taken off prematurely against Newcastle in order to manage his workload, while Sergio Aguero is back fit.

Richarlison is a doubt again after failing to be cleared following a concussion, while this game comes too soon for James Rodriguez. Anthony Gordon could drop out of the XI, with Bernard under consideration, with Ancelotti also considering Seamus Coleman and Andre Gomes.

Predicted line-ups

Everton XI: Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Godfrey; Gomes, Doucoure; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin

Man City XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Mendy; Rodri, Fernandinho; Torres, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero

Odds

Everton: 5/1

Draw: 100/30 

Man City: 1 / 2

Prediction

This is an intriguing game and a real test for both sides off short rest, but City appear to be finally discovering their best form again, so we’ll lean towards Pep Guardiola’s side to win this one in a high-scoring affair. Everton 2-3 Man City

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