5 minutes : Stones makes a pass to the right for Nunes, who fails to get the better of Branthwaite. The defender calmly takes the ball out of play.
3 minutes: Alvarez throws the corner into a crowded six-yard box. Pickford does extremely well in rising above everyone and striking clearly. But City were immediately back at Everton, with Foden and Haaland exchanging crisp passes down the inside-right channel. They end up kicking the ball in for a goal kick, but it’s a confident start from City.
2 minutes : City are at the forefront when it comes to speed and intelligence. Foden probes to the right several times. Nothing to do there yet, so the hosts switch positions and Doku wins the first corner of the afternoon on the left.
1 minute: An immediate hit to the head from McNeil and the game is stopped. His own man Branthwaite is at fault there. Fortunately, he quickly emerges and is ready to continue.
City gets the ball rolling. “I think any result here is a result for Liverpool fans,” writes Grant Tennille. “Although in reality, while there may be banana peels scattered throughout City’s schedule, it doesn’t feel like this is one of them.”
The teams are out! Manchester City wear their famous sky blue, forcing Everton to wear second choice orange with distressed blue stripes. Hey Jude comes out of the stadium speakers; given City’s stellar home record, perhaps Rutles would be more suitable? We’re leaving in a minute.
Let’s take a quick look at our pre-match mailbag, which is full of correspondence from people appreciating our remarkable efforts. “Bloody Guardian predicted the queues!” begins Dean Kinsella. “I just removed Doku from my fantasy team because he was going to be on the bench!” » He will probably score a hat-trick now.
Richard Hirst added: “It’s very kind of you to leave Fulham out of the team list in the hope that Man City will do them a favor; seems very wrong, however. Given our recent form and upcoming matches, we’re definitely looking over our shoulders nervously(TM).
Sean Dyche celebrates his 300th game as a Premier League manager today and he speaks to TNT. “I’m happy with that because it’s difficult to get into the Premier League as a coach or manager anyway, so to have that longevity, I’m happy with that… a lot of my staff have been with me …unfortunately I won’t be away today, which is a shame, but that’s how it is…I’ll be on the microphone, I’ll try to communicate as best as possible…our record outside has been good this season… our clean sheet record is good… they’re a top team… but our mentality has been strong away from home so we’ll try to put in a good performance and see where that takes us.
Pep Guardiola speaks to TNT Sports. “We have a tough schedule and need to get the most out of players coming back from injury… we are pretty solid in the way we play… we need to be careful… we have a lot of games… everyone has played. being involved… (the Premier League) is really good… there are proactive managers… it’s amazing… I’m one yellow card away from being suspended for two games… in modern football the referees are really protected!
Manchester City make four changes to their starting XI following the 3-1 win at Brentford. John Stones, Manuel Akanji, Matheus Nunes and Jeremy Doku replace Kyle Walker, Josko Gvardiol, Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva, who all drop to the bench.
Everton select the same XI that started the 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur this time last week. Amadou Onana returns from injury and is named substitute.
Manchester City: Ederson, Akanji, Dias, Stones, Ake, Rodri, Foden, Nunes, Alvarez, Doku, Haaland.
Subs: Walker, Grealish, De Bruyne, Ortega, Bernardo Silva, Gvardiol, Bobb, Wright, Lewis.
Everton: Pickford, Godfrey, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Young, Garner, Gueye, McNeil, Harrison, Calvert-Lewin.
Subs: Patterson, Keane, Onana, Virginia, Beto, Coleman, Chermiti, Hunt, Dobbin.
Arbitrator: John Brooks (Leicestershire).
Liverpool and Arsenal are counting on Everton to do them good. huge favor of the title this afternoon. Here again, Sheffield United, Burnley, Luton Town, Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Crystal Palace will hope that Manchester City will give them a boost to avoid relegation. A match that will have repercussions at both ends of the table. Kick-off is at 12:30 GMT. It’s global… and here we go!