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Manchester City v Everton live & preview EPL 2016-17

Manchester City v Everton live & preview EPL 2016-17 Photo: TT

It is a clash of the old Barcelona boys as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City go head to head with Ronald Koeman’s Everton at the Etihad Stadium, in what should be an exciting clash at the top of the table.

Manchester City are coming fresh off their first loss of the campaign against Tottenham Hotspur while Everton’s last match ended in a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.

Everton and City are both off to fliers under their respective managers, with the Citizens sitting atop the Premier League charts and Everton having gathered 14 points from the first six games, which is their most ever in the Premier League after the 2004/05 season when they managed 16.

City suffered a bit of a shock when Spurs halted their winning streak, but will look to bounce back. The evolution of Raheem Sterling under Guardiola has been nothing less than astounding and City also happen to be running 114.8 km/game this season, a whole seven km more than they did the previous season.

They have amassed a frightening 2.6 goals per game margin already, which will take some beating from any other team.

Everton seem to have found new life under Ronald Koeman who has taken them up to fifth position in the league table already. A big reason for them being there is the Talismanic Romelu Lukaku who will be looking to continue his purple patch, having scored five goals in his last four games, after a run of 11 games where he had scored none. With youngsters such as Ross Barkley, the mercurial gerard Deulofeu and summer buy Yannick Bolasie, the Toffees are looking quite an attacking proposition themselves.

Their head to head record is pretty even, the sides having played each other 40 times with 15 wins for City and 18 wins for Everton. A lot of those games were in the era before Sheikh Mansour though, so we are looking at a different era altogether.

Everton fans will be hoping Koeman gets one over his ex-Barcelona teammate, to start a new era at Goodison Park in earnest.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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