After suffering just one defeat in their opening 10 home matches of the season, Everton have slipped to two defeats in their last three matches at Goodison Park. They were knocked out of the FA Cup at the weekend and their season is effectively over.
Manchester City have won five of their last six matches in all competitions and will be well rested when they make the trip to Everton having not played in over a week. Their away form has been patchy and Everton are usually tough sides to beat for the top teams, but they won’t have a better opportunity to come away from Goodison Park with three points here.
City have only won two of their last six matches away to Everton but should put that record straight this weekend. NaijaBet.com
Everton – Idriss Gueye has joined up with the Senegal squad for the Africa Cup of Nations and won’t be available for Everton over the course of the next month.
Morgan Schneiderlin joined Everton from Manchester United on Thursday and he could even make his debut this weekend.
Maarten Stekelenburg and James McCarthy have trained all week and could be in line for a return to the starting XI for the reception of Manchester City.
Manchester City – Fernandinho serves the second of a four-game ban here, while Ilkay Gundogan is ruled out for the rest of the season.
Vincent Kompany has returned to training but may not be an option to start just yet.
Leroy Sane hasn’t featured in any of Manchester City’s last four matches and remains a doubt with a knock.
Fernando isn’t expected to train with the team until Saturday so will likely miss this match, but Kevin de Bruyne has overcome sickness in the week and is fine to play here.
Gabriel Jesus’ registration hasn’t been completed in time and he won’t be included in the squad on Sunday.
Everton are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 home Premier League matches.
Everton have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches in Premier League.
Man City have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (Premier League).