Goodison park hosts Everton and Manchester City on Wednesday, in City’s first game back after the Club World Cup. Everton have been flying high despite their ten point deduction, whereas City have run into a patch of bad form in the Premier League.
Everton currently sit 16th in the Premier League after 18 games. The Toffees have eight wins, two draws and eight losses, leaving them on 16 points, four points above the relegation zone.
In their last five games in all competitions, Everton have three wins and two losses.
Everton left it late, but grabbed a big win against Newcastle. Dwight McNeil, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Beto all scored in the last 20 minutes to give Everton the 3 - 0 win despite having just 38% of the possession. The Toffees backed this win up with a win over a struggling Chelsea side. Doucoure opened the scoring for Everton just after halftime and the youngster Lewis Dobbin scored in the 92nd minute to give Everton the 2 - 0 win.
Yet another 2 - 0 win came Everton’s way, this time against Burnley. Amadou Onana and Michael Keane both scored in the first half, and despite just 37% of the possession, Everton held on and restricted Burnley to just two shots on target. In the Quarter-final of the League Cup, Everton hosted Fulham. A Michael Keane own goal gave Fulham the lead, but Beto equalised late on for Everton to send it to penalties. Idrissa Gueye and Onana both missed to give Fulham the 7 - 6 win.
The last time out for Everton was against Tottenham. Richarlison scored against his old club alongside Son Heung-min, Andres Gomes scored late on but Everton were dealt a 2 - 1 loss.
Manchester City, on the other hand, sit fifth. In 17 games, City have ten wins, four draws and three losses which leaves them on 34 points, six points behind Arsenal at the top of the league.
In their last five games in all competitions, City have four wins and one draw.
Elijah Adebayo opened the scoring for Luton Town in the added time of the first half, but in the second half, City hit back. Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish both scored within three minutes of each other to grab a 2 - 1 comeback win for City. In the final match week of the Champions League Group stage, City took on Red Star Belgrade. Micah Hamilton, Oscar Bobb and Kalvin Phillips all scored in the 3 - 2 win for City.
Back in the Premier League, Man City hosted Crystal Palace. Grealish and Rico Lewis gave City the 2 - 0 lead, but Jean-Philippe Mateta scored to get Palace back into it and a 95th minute penalty from Michael Olise meant the game ended 2 - 2. In the Semi-final of the Club World Cup, City took on Japanese side Urawa Reds. An own goal from Marius Hoibraten and goals from Mateo Kovacic and Silva gave City the 3 - 0 win.
The most recent outing for City was against Fluminense in the Club World Cup Final. A brace from Julian Alvarez, a goal from Foden and an own goal from Nino gave City the 4 - 0 win and yet another trophy.
Everton and Manchester City have met 195 times in their histories, with the first meeting coming all the way back in 1899. Man City have the better record in the fixture with 79 wins in comparison to Everton’s 68 wins, with the other 48 games ending in a draw.