Everton vs Manchester City: Nathan Ake could return for trip to Goodison

By Ric Turner, Fri 12 May 2023 16:40

Everton vs Manchester City: Nathan Ake could return for trip to GoodisonGuardiola expecting difficult game against the Toffees

Everton vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 2.00pm, Sunday 14th May 2023

Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool

Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: G Beswick, A Nunn Fourth Official: G Scott VAR: C Pawson

Odds: Everton 8/1, Draw 4/1, Man City 1/3

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports


Manager: Sean Dyche

Squad (from): Pickford, Begovic, Lonergan, Tarkowski, Patterson, Holgate, Keane, Mina, Mykolenko, Coady, Onana, Townsend, Doucoure, Davies, Gueye, Garner, McNeil, Calvert-Lewin, Gray, Iwobi, Maupay, Simms

Injured: Coleman, Vinagre, Alli, Godfrey

Doubtful: Townsend

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDLDL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Laporte, Akanji, Gomez, Lewis, Phillips, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Perrone, Foden, Palmer, Haaland, Alvarez, Mahrez

Injured: None

Doubtful: Ake

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWD

Nathan Ake will be assessed in training ahead of the trip to Goodison Park to face a resurgent Everton. Ake missed the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid with a hamstring problem, but could to the squad as City hone in on the Premier League title.

Everton have endured a difficult season, but an unexpected 5-1 victory against Brighton on Monday lifted them out of the bottom three, and manager Pep Guardiola is expecting a difficult game against Sean Dyche's side.

“Goodison Park during my six seasons here always has been so difficult,” said Guardiola at Friday's press conference.

“For the environment and now for the momentum (they have). Sean Dyche is a good trainer of his team.

“It is also (difficult) because it’s between Champions League games, but my thoughts are just on Everton, no more than that. so we have to just focus on this game

“We are 11 months working for Premier League, I don’t want to be distracted by the Real Madrid game.

“We don’t have much time, because we play Sunday. Thank you so much. It’s a real, real priority the game at Goodison Park.

“They have the history and quality of the team. Brighton is one of the toughest places to go.

“The result was a real impact not just in table, but in Everton’s mood. It’s a big result. Everyone we saw, we thought that every team will play for something special, and it will be tough.

“Everything can happen. Everton score the first goal in the first minute at Brighton and get an incredible result.

“Defensive structure and physicality they have at Everton is really good. Everything can happen in a football game.

“At the same time we know exactly what we are playing for. We will analyse what we have to do to beat them.”

City won their last game against at Goodison 1-0, with a late goal from Phil Foden securing the three points. Overall City have won 78 of the 194 games played against the Toffees, with 48 draws and 68 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Stones, Dias, Akanji, Laporte, Rodri, Bernardo, Alvarez, Mahrez, Foden, Haaland

Score prediction: Everton 1 City 2