Everton v Manchester City: preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups, and ones to watch
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Ilkay Guendogan of Manchester City is challenged by Ben Godfrey of Everton during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester City are back in action Saturday evening looking to regain their firm grip on the title race following their defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. 

City will be looking for their tenth straight win against Everton, who will be looking to inch closer to safety and move five points clear of the relegation zone. 

Everton have won just one of their three league games under their new manager Frank Lampard,, and two in the last nine. Lampard has managed to win both of his games at Goodison, however, with a win against Brentford in the FA Cup in addition to his 3-0 win against Leeds in the league. 

Team News

Pep Guardiola confirmed Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus are fit for the game and will be in contention to start.

Pep also confirmed that Oleksandr Zinchenko remains available for the game, despite the ongoing Russian invasion of the defender's home country, Ukraine. He said in today's press conference:

“[Zinchenko] is concerned but he is an incredibly strong guy and it is not easy in the moment, but today in training like yesterday he was brilliant. He is ready to play in case he has to”. 

Lampard will not have Yerry Mina, Ben Godfrey, Tom Davies and Fabian Delph available for the match, but the former City player confirmed that Abdoulaye Doucoure and Demarai Gray will be in the match day squad after they returned to training this week. 

Predicted Line-ups

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri; Jesus, Silva, Grealish; Foden

Everton: Pickford; Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Kenny; Doucoure, Allan, Van de Beek, Gordon Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin

Ones to watch

Bernardo Silva 

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Silva will be looking to replicate his performance from the reverse fixture at the Etihad, with the Portuguese international amongst the goal scorers in a resounding 3-0 victory. Bernardo currently possesses a Premier League tally of seven goals, his current league record for a season in England. 

Donny Van de Beek 

The former Ajax midfielder was excellent in a 3-0 performance against Leeds in Everton's previous fixture at Goodison, putting in a man of the match performance.
The Manchester United loanee will be looking to  disrupt City's typically strong hold in the midfield area.

Head to Head

21 Nov, 2021: Manchester City 3-0 Everton (Premier League)

23 May, 2021: Manchester City 5-0 Everton (Premier League)

20 Mar, 2021: Everton 0-2 Manchester City (FA Cup)

17 Feb, 2021: Everton 1-3 Manchester City (Premier League)

1 Jan, 2020: Manchester City 2-1 Everton (Premier League)

Where to watch

Kick-off is at 17:30 GMT (5:30pm UK) on Saturday 26th February. 
The match can be watched live via Sky Sports Main Event or Sky Sports Premier League.

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