The Toffees have responded superbly after their hot start to the season cooled momentarily, and they will know a victory here will ensure they remain just behind rivals Liverpool, who are in a strong position to claim back-to-back titles despite continuing to struggle with injuries to key players exposing the depth to their squad. Joel Matip is the latest player to go down for the Reds in their match against West Brom.
Guardiola will hope to call on Sergio Aguero once again, with Gabriel Jesus contracting Covid-19 recently, and the Spaniard insisting he “needs” the Argentine striker: “We discussed whether to start with Sergio [against Newcastle]. I need him. It was very good news in general that in the minutes Sergio played we saw him sharp and dynamic. This is incredible news for us. We need him, absolutely. But we have to be careful. We cannot do what we did in the past, when he comes back [too soon] and then gets injured. I still want to handle the minutes but I saw him well – and I love this guy.”
Here’s everything you need to know about this compelling Premier League match on Merseyside:
When is it?
Everton vs Man City takes place on Monday, 28 December.
What time does it start?
The match will kick off at 8pm GMT.
How can I watch it and is there a live stream?
The match will be shown live on Amazon Prime.
You can live stream the match on desktop or the Prime Video app.
What is the team news?
Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker remain out after testing positive for Covid-19, while Eric Garcia is also out. Rodri appeared to have been taken off prematurely against Newcastle in order to manage his workload, while Sergio Aguero is back fit.
Richarlison is a doubt again after failing to be cleared following a concussion, while this game comes too soon for James Rodriguez. Anthony Gordon could drop out of the XI, with Bernard under consideration, with Ancelotti also considering Seamus Coleman and Andre Gomes.
Everton XI: Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Godfrey; Gomes, Doucoure; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin
Man City XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Mendy; Rodri, Fernandinho; Torres, De Bruyne, Sterling; Aguero
This is an intriguing game and a real test for both sides off short rest, but City appear to be finally discovering their best form again, so we’ll lean towards Pep Guardiola’s side to win this one in a high-scoring affair. Everton 2-3 Man City.