Man City’s attention returns to the fight to wrap up the title when they travel to Merseyside on Sunday to face Everton at Goodison Park from 13:00 GMT.
The hosts, Everton, are just outside the drop zone with a lead of 2 points above the 18th-placed Leicester.
Man City, with a one-point lead at the top of the table and a game in hand, will be looking to continue their impressive run to ensure they retain the march to the title.
Everton’s Survival Fight
Sean Dyche has seen his Everton charges collect five points from their last five matches, with one win, two draws, and two defeats. Although this run is below average, the five points have seen the Merseyside club move out of the relegation zone by two points with three matches remaining in the season.
However, with two teams below them on 30 points – Leicester City and Leeds United – Everton must keep taking points in the league to enhance their chances of survival in the league this season.
Sean Dyche will prepare his side to be ready to throw a spanner in the works for Man City as the Etihad side look to march to the title after overtaking Arsenal at the top of the table.
The focus will be on being aggressive when out of possession. Compactness will also help reduce the passing channels and make it difficult for Man City to play their free-flowing passing game. Dealing with Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland will be crucial for Everton’s chances of getting something from this clash.
Man City’s Irrepressible Form
Pep Guardiola’s men will look to extend their winning run when they step out onto the Goodison Park turf on Sunday.
With a one-point advantage at the top, City have little room to slip up. Arsenal have also regained their winning touch to keep pressure on the Etihad side in the final three matches of the season.
Guardiola will also have to make changes from the team that held Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.
Rotating will be important for Man City to ensure the squad is fresh when they face the motivated and relegation-battling Everton. This is made even tricky by the fact that City have a quick turnover to the second clash against Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium next week.
Sean Dyche will be without defensive midfielder Amadou Onana. The 21-year-old is sidelined with a leg injury.
Right-back Seamus Coleman is also out of contention with a knee problem; he is expected back by May 31, 2023.
Everton will also miss the services of goalkeeper Andy Lonergan (knee problems) and right winger Andros Townsend (cruciate ligament injury).
Pep Guardiola has the full complement of his world-class squad available to him ahead of the trip to Merseyside.
This will help him rotate the squad, maintain freshness, and ensure that his charges are ready to fight on three fronts for silverware at the business end.
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Everton will play deep and narrow. They will defend in numbers, play aggressively off the ball, and transition with pace when they win the ball.
Man City will control the ball by dominating possession and setting the match’s tempo. They will pass patiently and probe to create goalscoring chances.
Man City will win the match and continue with their pursuit of the title.
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