Manchester City hope to enjoy their current game against Everton this evening
After Tottenham’s 3-0 demolition on Saturday, City can deviate 10 points from second-place Manchester United if they extend their winning streak to 17 games at Goodison Park
The two teams finally face each other for the first time this season after the match, originally scheduled for December 28, had to be postponed due to a Covid-19 breakout in the team from the city
The Blues will welcome Ruben Dias to the squad after missing Saturday’s win with fever and Kevin De Bruyne, who returned after missing the last seven games with a thigh injury – although ‘it is likely that he will start on The bench
However, Ilkay Gundogan will not be available The German has scored twice against Spurs, but then limped off the field with a groin injury that will make him miss the game Meanwhile, Everton will be without star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Having finally caught up with the rest of the Premier League, Manchester City don’t look like anyone is getting close to them for the rest of the season
For the first time since the start of the season, Pep Guardiola’s side are no longer catching up on the schedule, having completed the same number of games as the rest of the top six And for the third time in five years in the manager’s English football, they look unbeatable
This 3-1 win over Everton brings them to 17 straight wins in all competitions – 12 in the league – and a ten-point lead over their closest rivals with United and Liverpool stammering behind them
And while the vulnerabilities exposed in the Goodison Park table tops encouraged the Premier League chase pack, it also reminded them that Guardiola’s side will almost certainly be deadlier after the next window of transfer Gabriel Jesus missed two good opportunities, one in each half, with the level of scoring that left his manager furious on the sideline and will further strengthen the desire to buy an elite finisher this summer.
Ederson: unusually taken in possession in the first half, but he remained firm following heavy pressure from the home side His death was again a plus 7
Walker: Seemed to be caught on goal, but impressed going forward and seemed more at ease than the last 7 weeks
Dias: Didn’t seem as imposing as he normally does without his usual partner, but still organized the defense well 7
Laporte: Everton have targeted him in possession and have had more success than expected.He looks low on confidence at the moment, which is perhaps understandable given that he has been absent from the team but won’t help oust Stones for good 6
Cancelo: I couldn’t believe his luck as Everton had pulled him back 20 yards as he advanced early A smaller role but still a threat when he has his eye in 7
City have a third and that just might be the game They had dominated the whole ball from Mahrez’s goal and now they have another A great interaction between Rodri, Walker and Jesus sees Bernardo coming home
From nowhere where City is back! Bernardo silences Mahrez who unleashes a thunderclap in the upper corner What a strike!
This is not the best performance from the forward, who plays a bad pass when City were in a dangerous position
Jesus’ big move gives him another chance, but he shoots well over the bar again The angle was tight but he should do better there, not the first time we hear this tonight
City started this half with the same absurdity they wore in the first half, but Everton are also showing more ambition City haven’t been in such a contest for quite a while, that is so a very good test for them
A nice move from Everton sees Sigurdsson turn well in the box but Dias dives to block the shot
The first five minutes of half-time were tough, but Bernardo finally gets City’s first clear-cut chance, hitting a low volley goal which is saved by Pickford
City dominated the halftime and rightly took the lead thanks to Foden’s deflected strike, but Everton hit straight and equalized thanks to Richarlison who managed a rebound A good half of football, which promises a second to come!
It will be interesting to see what Everton do here They only really opened up since being late and had instant success Do they push or fall back to their 11-man defense they used to 0- 0?
An excellent Coleman cross sees Digne hit the post and the rebound bounces off Richarlison and into the goal
They have the breakthrough now! Foden scores with a deflected strike with his weaker right foot!
The Blues had 74% of the ball in the opening half hour, but have yet to find the back of the next
Mahrez sends a dangerous cross to the back post but Keane manages to clear the header
Everton are struggling to come out of their own half now as the city mount attack after attack, Walker and Cancelo provide crucial support from the flanks and stretch the pitch
Rodri has been one of City’s best players for weeks and he’s one step ahead of everyone at the moment, making key defensive interceptions and creating chances at the other end of the field He has really responded to his critics this season
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