Current Premier League leaders, Manchester City resume their league campaign after the international break against Everton at Etihad Stadium and it turned out to be a classic premier league game where City dominated but Everton held on with their resiliant defense. They did rode their luck a few times specially when De Bruyne missed the penalty just before the break but overall it was a competitive fixture.
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.
Everton has started the season on top form having won 4 of the opening 7 games and losing only one. City went on a 10 game winning streak when Guardiola too charge but since than they have looked shaky at the back conceded 3 against Celtic and losing 2-0 against Tottenham. They will be hoping to get back on winning ways but it won’t be easy task against a well drilled Everton side who themselves playing some quality football at the moment.
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.