Manchester City are still alive in all competitions and they’re actually favourite to win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup right now, even if the quadruple is an unlikely prospect.
Pep Guardiola will be glad that the Champions League group stage is done and dusted which means focus can now be placed on domestic matters and there’s a bit of pressure on his charges for this Saturday lunchtime encounter.
Having lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge last weekend, City are momentarily in second spot and more dropped points in this game would actually give Liverpool the chance to kick clear if they beat Manchester United on Sunday.
Guardiola saw his City team come from a goal down to beat Hoffenheim on Wednesday, with the Spaniard putting out a fairly strong team for the European encounter including Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.
He did also field Phil Foden and Alexander Zinchenko for the encounter although it’s noticeable that the German visitors did find the net and it appears that City aren’t keeping too many clean sheets at the moment.
Everton will arrive hoping to serve it up to another big team and the Toffees were unlucky to recently lost at Anfield, although they failed to follow up that strong performance and took just a point against Newcastle and Watford.
Marco Silva might have encourage his team to rove forward in this one as it’s hard to see them keeping City at bay throughout the match and the best way to play this match could be backing the home side to win and both teams to find the net.