Under fire Pep Guardiola took his Manchester City side to Goddison Park this Sunday afternoon for a Premier League game against Everton. City had to win this game to keep themselves in title race but they fall behind in 34th minute thanks to a superb first time finished by Romelu Lukaku. Everton dominated the game in terms of chances created while City had more of the ball in first 45 minutes.
Everton 4-0 Manchester City Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
34′ 1 – 0 Romelu Lukaku scored in 34th minute of the game to put Everton in lead at Goddison Park. The lead was totally deserved as they created several chances in first half.
47′ 2 – 0 Kevin Mirallas scores second for Everton just after the break to put City in real trouble.
79′ 3 – 0 Tom Davies scored his very first Everton goal and what a goal it was. He runs with the ball on counter attack cutinside with a superb skill playing one-two before producing a class chipped finish.
90′ 4 – 0 Ademola Lookman came on for last few minutes and found himself on scoresheet to cap off a superb performance by Everton.
Everton are a very compact side and currently sit 7th in the table with 30 points. City on the other hand has 42 points but their season has taken a severe hit with so many suspension and injuries. Pep Guardiola has been acting strange in post-match interviews for best part of last two months and it clearly show the hectic premier league schedule is taking a toll on his and his team.
Last time these two meet was back in October 2016 when City came from a goal down to draw level late in second half at Etihad Stadium. Everton do tend to cause all sorts of problems for City and we can expect another competitive game this weekend on Sunday, 15th January 2017.
Manchester City 1-1 Everton Highlights
[ Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
43′ 0 – 0 Kevin de Bruyne missed the penalty just before the break as Everton lived to fight in second half.
64′ 0 – 1 Romelu Lukaku scores in 64th minute with a neat finish.
70′ 0 – 1 Sergio Aguero missed penalty for Manchester City.
72′ 1 – 1 Nolito finally put City back in the game with a deft finish to setup a grand stand finish.
Team News & Lineups: Pep Guardiola has some injury worries ahead of Everton clash with Sergio Aguero doubt having suffered minor injury on international duty while Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and Bacary Sagna are all out due to their respective injuries. Which means Nolito is likely to start upfront while Sterling, Gundogan and David Silva to play in attacking roles ahead of Fernandinho and Fernando.
Everton on the other hand might be without captain Phil Jagielka while Koeman is likely to retain the lineup from the last game. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday.
Match Predictions: Everton use to be somewhat boggy team for Manchester City having record 4 straight wins at Etihad Stadium from 2010 to 2013 but since than they are winless in last 5 visits losing 3 and drawing 2. But Ronald Koeman has kind of steady the ship and Everton are enjoying their best start to the league campaign in years. City will be wounded having lost to Tottenham and this game will be a big test of their character where anything but a win might dislocate City from the top of the table. I am going with a narrow City win in this one.