Manchester City are hoping to use the game in hand when they face Everton tonight
After Tottenham’s 3-0 demolition on Saturday, City could be 10 points ahead of Manchester United’s runner-up if the winning streak extends to 17 games at Goodison Park
The two teams face each other for the first time this season after the game originally scheduled for Jan. December was scheduled to be postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the city’s squad
The Blues will welcome Ruben Dias back to the squad after missing Saturday’s win with a fever, and Kevin De Bruyne, who has returned after missing the last seven games with a hamstring injury – though it’s likely that he continues to start the bank
Ilkay Gundogan is not available, however. The German scored twice against Spurs but then hobbled off the field with a groin injury, which will mean he will miss the game.In the meantime, Everton will have to do without star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Now that Manchester City finally catch up with the rest of the Premier League, it doesn’t look like anyone will be getting close to them for the remainder of the season
For the first time since the start of the season, Pep Guardiola’s team has no more catching up on the calendar as they have played the same number of games as the other top six and for the third time in the manager’s five years in English football they look unbeatable
That 3-1 win over Everton gives them 17 wins in all competitions – 12 in the league – and a ten point lead over their closest rivals, who are both United and Liverpool stuttering
And if the weaknesses uncovered in Goodison Park’s league leaders encouraged the Premier League chase, it also reminded them that Guardiola’s side will almost certainly be more deadly after the next transfer window, after Gabriel Jesus missed two good opportunities , one in each half, with the score that infuriated his manager on the contact line and will further fuel his desire to buy an elite finisher in the summer
Ederson: Unusually got possession of the ball in the first half, but was certain after a lot of pressure from the home team. His death was again an asset 7
Walker: Looked like he was surprised by the goal but was impressed and looked more comfortable than in the last few weeks 7
Dias: Didn’t seem as imposing as he usually does without his usual partner, but the defense well organized 7
Laporte: Everton aimed at him and had more success than expected. At the moment he lacks confidence, which may be understandable as he is not on the team but does not help him to permanently oust Stones 6
Cancelo: I couldn’t believe his luck when Everton pulled him back for a good 20 yards as he advanced early on a more reluctant role but still a threat once he got his eye 7
City has a third and that could be the game they had dominated the whole ball since Mahrez ‘goal and now they have a different one. The great teamwork between Rodri, Walker and Jesus throws Bernardo home to the rifle
Out of nowhere, where City is in front again! Bernardo knocks off Mahrez, who throws lightning into the upper corner. What a strike!
It wasn’t the best performance of the striker playing a bad pass when City was in a dangerous position
Jesus’ big move gives him another chance but he shoots way over the bar again The angle was tight but he should do better there, not the first time we’ve heard this tonight
City started this half with the same absurdity they had in the first half, but Everton is also showing more ambition City hasn’t been in a competition like this in a long time, so this is a really good test for them
On a nice move from Everton, Sigurdsson spins well in the box, but Dias jumps over to block the shot
It was a difficult opening in five minutes of halftime, but Bernardo finally gets the first clear chance for City and hits a low volley that is saved by Pickford
City dominated the half and rightly took the lead with Foden’s deflected strike, but Everton hit back directly, leveling with Richarlison, who scored a rebound in a good half of the game promising a second!
It will be interesting to see what Everton is doing here. They have only really opened up since going back and had immediate success push back or retreat to their 11 man defense that they take on 0-0?
After a great cross from Coleman, Digne hits the post and the rebound ricochets off Richarlison
You now have the breakthrough! Foden scores with a deflected blow with his weaker right foot!
The Blues had a massive 74 percent of the ball in the first half hour, but have yet to find the back of the next
Mahrez sends a dangerous cross into the back post, but Keane would do well to handle it
Everton is now struggling to get out of its own half as City Mount Attack provide critical support from the flanks and expand the field for Attack, Walker and Cancelo
Rodri has been one of City’s best players for weeks He’s ahead of everyone at the moment, taking important interceptions defensively and creating opportunities at the other end of the field. He’s really answered his critics this season
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