Preview - Everton vs Manchester City 07 February 19

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Match Day 23
Everton vs. Manchester City
Thursday, February 7th 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Goodison Park

Last five matches form: L W L W L
Average goals per match: 1.44
Average goals against per match: 1.44
Top Scorer: Richarlison (10)

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals against per match: 2.64
Average goals against per match: 0.80
Top Scorer: Sergio Ag├╝ero (14)

The race for the title is certainly looking like being a thriller this season, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur all in the hunt. It is defending champions Manchester City who are up next in this rescheduled game against ninth placed Everton at Goodison Park.

Manchester City came out on top in this game last season and earlier in the current campaign at the Etihad, each time b a 3-1 score-line.

Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines and Yerry Mina all miss out for the home side. Manchester City will be without Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala and Claudio Bravo.

Everton started the season well at home losing only one of their opening nine fixtures. The wheels seem to have come off of late though with three defeats in their last four here at Goodison to Tottenham, Leicester and Wolves, and they weren't particularly impressive in beating Bournemouth either.

Manchester City were of course stunned in their most recent away game when losing at Newcastle but bounced back really well with an emphatic success over Arsenal at the Etihad. Any added motivation comes through the fact they can regain top spot on goal difference with a win here as Liverpool don't play until the weekend.

City have actually now lost three of their last five on the road which will give Everton hope. The Toffees simply don't appear to be playing well enough at present though and we will take an away win in this one.

Prediction: Everton 1 - 3 Manchester City


Half time:  0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  2 - 9
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 5 - 6
Possession: 39% - 61%

One booking apiece at Goodison Park, with referee Craig Pawson taking the names of Kurt Zouma of Everton and Fernandinho of Manchester City.

A rock-solid display on the road from Manchester City. They were by no means at their brilliant best in this one, but on top in all of the key measures and slick at times, they fully deserved to pick up the three points.

City were dominating the early exchanges. Aymeric Laporte going close with a header when well places, and another effort from the away side striking the crossbar.

Everton for their part were only threatening sporadically, but did look as though they would make into the break on level terms. Then in the second minute of first half stoppage time David Silva played an excellent free kick into the area from the left-hand side. Aymeric Laporte rising highest to power a header into the top left. 0-1 at the break.

The pattern of play was largely the same in the second half. Having taken until injury time to score in the first period, it was the same story after the break with Gabriel Jesus making sure of the points with just about the last kick of the game in the 97th minute. Played through in the left channel, the forwards initial effort was saved by Jordan Pickford but the ball looped up and the Brazilian was able to nod home the rebound. 0-2 final score.

It's back to the top of the table for Pep Guardiola's men then, as they move level on points with Liverpool; topping the table by virtue of their superior gold difference. Liverpool do have that game in hand though and we don't imagine too many City fans will be celebrating just yet. Everton remain in ninth position, but may well find themselves back in the bottom half iof the table following the conclusion of this week's games.

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