Everton hosts Manchester City in round 27 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, February 26th at Goodison Park (Liverpool)
Everton once competed for European competitions. Now the club is going through difficult times. The management decided to part with an experienced coach, for whom they bought a lot of players in the winter. The place of Rafael Benitez was recently taken by Frank Lampard, who had been long looking for a new club after working at Chelsea. Under the guidance of a new coach, the Toffees held three matches in the Premier League. They showed that the team is very unstable despite high-quality reinforcements (Mykolenko, Dele Alli, van de Beek, Patterson, and El Ghazi). It was confirmed by a 3-0 victory over Leeds, as well as defeats to Newcastle and Southampton with a total score of 1-5. As a result, the Toffees are now only two points ahead of the relegation zone.
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Manchester City is the reigning champion of England and the current leader of the Premier League standings. Previously, the club had a solid lead over the closest pursuer. The Citizens gained great momentum and beat everyone in a row. But a month ago, they failed to deal with Southampton (1-1), and the last game ended in a home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur (2-3). On the other hand, Liverpool won six consecutive matches in the English Premier League. As a result, now the gap is only three points. Before a defeat to Tottenham, the Sky Blues lost in the championship back in October last year. Let’s note that Josep Guardiola’s men conceded the decisive goal from Spurs in added time.
Everton is not in the best condition right now. The roster is quite good, but there is no teamwork. Manchester City completed one task: it almost made it to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, hammering Sporting CP away (0-5). Now the Citizens need to make up for the defeat to Tottenham and maintain a lead over Liverpool. The Toffees are quite easy opponents for Manchester City. The Citizens have won nine previous head-to-head matches in a row. The last three games ended with a 10-0 score in favor of Guardiola’s team. The hosts have few chances now.