Manchester City v Everton

14 Oct

Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman as Barcelona players


Pep Guardiola (left) and Ronald Koeman (second right) were team-mates at Barcelona in the 1990s

TEAM NEWS

Manchester City pair Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany are training again and could return from respective hamstring and groin injuries.

Bacary Sagna has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Everton defender Leighton Baines is available after a two-match absence with a hamstring strain.

Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jagielka have recovered from thigh problems and Darron Gibson is fit, but Aaron Lennon and James McCarthy will be assessed.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Guy Mowbray: “This game’s sub-plot would make a good documentary, if not quite the full film story.

“Twenty six years ago, the late, great Johann Cruyff first encouraged a young Pep Guardiola to learn from his Barcelona team-mate Ronald Koeman, laying the foundations for his much admired football philosophies.

“Now, as they meet for the first time as opposing coaches, will the mentor be able to outsmart his once very eager pupil? How very Star Wars!

“It mostly depends on how their players perform of course, and whilst City should have the edge – especially at home – Koeman will feel that his can follow the Spurs example of how to beat them.

“A game to have made Cruyff proud will do beautifully.”

Twitter: @Guymowbray

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Everton manager Ronald Koeman: “I have all good memories of Pep. We have a really strong friendship. Sometimes we have time for dinner and to talk about football and to talk about life.

“When he was manager of Barcelona I saw the best Barcelona team in every aspect of football. Most of the other managers win titles but not with that way of football.

“It is impressive the way City play football. It’s difficult to defend against but we have had some good examples of teams getting a good result against City.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

I think it might be a frustrating afternoon for City. They have had players scattered around the globe over the past week or so and may not be at their best.

It is the same for Everton of course but, if both teams are below par, I would still expect the Toffees to leave with a point.

Prediction: 1-1

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Manchester City could equal their longest unbeaten league run against Everton of seven matches, last set in 1982. City have won four and drawn two of the last six league meetings.
  • This is the 167th league fixture between the clubs. Manchester City lead by 63 wins to Everton’s 61
  • Everton are winless in their last five league trips to the Etihad Stadium, having won the previous four in a row.
  • Everton’s only goal in the last four Premier League meetings clashes came courtesy of Steven Naismith in a 1-1 home draw in January 2015.

Manchester City

  • Defeat by Tottenham last time out ended Manchester City’s 11-match unbeaten start to the season in all competitions.
  • City have conceded five goals in their last two games in all competitions, only one goal fewer than in their previous 10 matches.
  • Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman were team-mates at Barcelona between 1990 and 1995, winning four league titles and the European Cup in 1992.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 28 goals in his last 28 league appearances.
  • John Stones made 77 Premier League appearances for Everton between 2013 and 2016.

Everton

  • Everton’s tally of 14 points is their highest after seven games of a season for 12 years. A win on Saturday would represent the club’s best start since 1978, when they won five and drew three of their first eight games.
  • The Toffees have recovered six points from losing positions this season, a joint-high along with Liverpool.
  • Ronald Koeman’s side have the division’s second best defensive record this season. They and Spurs are the only Premier League clubs yet to concede more than one goal in a game.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored five goals in four Premier League appearances, having previously gone 11 games without a goal in the top flight.

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