EVE vs MCI Dream11: Manchester City makes the short journey to Merseyside to take on Everton in the Premier League. The Toffees will be pleased with their recent results as they are unbeaten in their last 5 games, including ties against Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester City. They also scored an 80th-minute winner against Sheffield United to keep the pressure on the top half of the table. Although Ancelotti will not be pleased with the manner in which they got knocked out in the Carabao Cup, they will now try to make amends in the Premier League. Manchester City too will be pleased about their recent form as they have registered 3 back-to-back wins, including a 4-1 hammering of Arsenal that has seen them move on to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup. Pep Guardiola’s side is currently 5th in the league but can move to within 2 points off the leaders (at the time of writing), Liverpool, with a game in hand.
Everton vs Manchester City, Premier League
29th December, 1:30 am (IST)
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Everton – WWWLW
Manchester City – DDWWW
Head-to-head (last five meetings):
Everton – 0
Draws – 0
Manchester City – 5
Last meeting: Manchester City 2-1 Everton (Premier League, 1st January 2020)
Live Streaming: Star Sports Select Network, Disney + Hotstar
EVE vs MCI Prediction, Team News, Starting XI
A) Everton Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Fabian Delph, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Lucas Digne and Allan will continue to miss out on the action. Richarlison suffered a head injury during the game against Manchester United and will remain on the sidelines as a precaution.
Doubtful: James Rodriguez faces a test against time to return but is unlikely to be risked by Carlo Ancelotti.
Expected changes: Jordan Pickford should return in goal with Seamus Coleman looking to get back in the lineup alongside Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey in defence. Abdoulaye Doucoure and Andre Gomes should form the double pivot with Tom Davies eyeing a starting spot. Gylfi Sigurdsson should start in the number 10 spot with Alex Iwobi and Bernard manning the wings. Dominic Calvert-Lewin will continue to lead the line.
Everton Starting XI (probable):
Jordan Pickford (GK)
B) Manchester City Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker continue to isolate after testing positive for the Coronavirus a few days ago. Eric Garcia remains the long-term absentee.
Doubtful: Sergio Aguero is back in contention and should get a start in the EVE vs MCI Dream11 Prediction.
Expected changes: Ederson should continue in goal. Most of the backline should remain the same but Benjamin Mendy will replace Nathan Ake at left-back. Fernandinho and Rodri will form the double pivot with Ilkay Gundogan likely to be given a rest. Ferran Torres started on the flanks against Newcastle but Riyad Mahrez will be back in his preferred position alongside Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling. Sergio Aguero might be given the nod to start the game, failing which, Torres or Sterling could start up front.
Manchester City Starting XI (probable):
Ederson Moraes (GK)
Kevin De Bruyne
EVE vs MCI Today Match Prediction:
Bet365: Everton – 6/1; Manchester City – 4/9
William Hill: Everton – 6/1; Manchester City – 4/9
The EVE vs MCI Today Match Prediction will be a tough one to predict as both sides have been great so far this season. Both sides also have top-quality players who are capable of making the difference in the game Everton do have a mental barrier to overcome as they have not beaten Manchester City since January 2017 and have lost their last 5 fixtures to them as well but Carlo Ancelotti is a very good manager and will ensure that they throw everything in City’s way. Pep Guardiola too will look to rise up the Premier League table and win back that title.
Most Likely Result: Draw
EVE vs MCI Dream11, Captain & Differential Picks
Captain Options –
Kevin De Bruyne –
Assists – 11
Chances created – 61
Successful Dribbles – 24
One of the best midfielders in the world, Kevin De Bruyne will be the key to unlocking Everton’s defence. His creativity and vision have been lethal before and Evertonian defenders will need to be extra careful to avoid giving him any space. He will look to link up with Mahrez and Sterling to score goals and cause damage.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin –
Goals – 11
Chances created – 8
Successful dribbles – 11
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been a surprise package this season and Man City will have to be very cautious with him looming around the box. He will be an aerial threat and has scored 4 goals from headers alone. Calvert-Lewin is capable of finding vulnerabilities in the 6-yard box and capitalizing on it.
Raheem Sterling –
Chances created – 29
Successful dribbles – 36
Goals/Assists – 6/5
One of the trickiest dribblers to play against, Sterling will come up against a solid full-back in Seamus Coleman but has more than enough in him to come out on top. Sterling’s ability to link up with De Bruyne and involve the likes of Torres or Aguero in the box makes him a major source of goal-contributions for the club.
Differential Picks –
Joao Cancelo –
Chances created – 27
Successful dribbles – 22
Interceptions – 23
Cancelo has been a very underappreciated full-back in the league this season. He is devastating both in defence and attack and will be a nuisance on the right flank. Often the second-choice right-back, Cancelo has been able to prove his worth this season and Pep Guardiola will be happy with his work.
Ben Godfrey –
Successful tackles (Success %) – 13 (68%)
Clearances – 35
Interceptions – 14
New signing, Ben Godfrey, must be loving life in the Toffees Blue. Playing at left-back, he will be responsible for keeping Riyad Mahrez quiet and to prevent him from cutting into the box. With his high tackle success rate, a close contest can be expected between the two.
Gylfi Sigurdsson –
Chances created – 21
Accurate crosses – 13
Pass Accuracy – 84%
A once big-money signing for Everton, Sigurdsson has another opportunity to step up in the absence of James Rodriguez. His ability to put in a lot of successful crosses this season will come in handy given Calvert-Lewin’s aerial threat.