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Everton vs Manchester City preview, team news, tickets & prediction

Everton will end 2023 with a clash against Manchester City at Goodison Park, as Sean Dyche’s improving team welcome the champions to Merseyside.

The Toffees only secured their Premier League status on the final day of last season, and have had to deal with a 10-point penalty this time around, but four consecutive wins have lifted both optimism and their place in the table.

Fans will line the seats at Goodison Park to fraternise with each other and wish each other a Happy New Year, while cheering their side on against the Citizens. Given their poor recent record in this fixture, there might just be fingers crossed in their pockets and behind their backs for good fortune.

On the other hand, the travelling Manchester City fans will be waving goodbye to a historic 2023. They witnessed their team become the second-ever English team to win the continental treble. Pep Guardiola’s side won a third-straight Premier League title, becoming the first club to do so since Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in 2007-2009.

Match tickets

Everton vs Manchester City tickets for Everton fans went on sale on 27 November 2023 for official club members and on 30 November 2023 for the general public and Everton fans who are non-club members. Manchester City tickets are also on sale, but the club’s members are prioritised.

When you read this, both clubs would have sold out their allotted tickets. This is where Seatsnet.com and other trusted ticket resellers come in.

Fans can log on to these platforms to acquire tickets that were bought legally and legitimately from either club so that they can watch the game. It is the best option for neutrals and tourists who are in Merseyside and want to catch the game.

Fans at home can catch the game, which will kick off at 8:15pm GMT (9:15 PM UTC) at Goodison Park on their favourite streaming platforms. A subscription to streaming apps and channels is needed to access the game.

The game will be played on 27 December 2023.

Team news

Sean Dyche has received a big boost with the return of Seamus Coleman, Dele Alli and André Gomes to training. All three have not featured regularly since returning from their long-term injuries, but having them gave the manager extra options in the tough December fixtures. Abdoulaye Doucoure’s fitness will be the team’s biggest worry thanks to his player-of-the-season performances for the Toffees.

John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne are Manchester City’s two biggest injury concerns. The Belgian midfield maestro has been out since the start of the season and will return in February. Stones, however, is a worry because of his fragility. Before the November 2023 international break, he spent only two weeks with the team after returning from an injury he picked at the beginning of the season. The team’s medical staff are walking on eggshells with the English defender, who could return to the physiotherapist at a whim. The injuries are unfortunate, but he is an indispensable player for Pep Guardiola.

Predicted Lineups

Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be the lone striker in Sean Dyche’s system. He will be supported by Abdoulaye Doucoure, who has now transitioned into an attacking midfielder.

21-year-old Jarrad Branthwaite is now preferred to Michael Keane and will keep his spot beside James Tarkowski. Ashley Young could also lose his place at right back, with Seamus Coleman now available for selection.

Everton: Pickford; Mykolenko, Branthwaite, Tarkowski, Coleman; McNeil, Onana, Garner, Harrison; Doucoure; Calvert-Lewin.

Rico Lewis has earned a regular role at Manchester City this season and will be expected to start in midfield alongside the indispensable Rodri. Erling Haaland – who missed the recent draw with Crystal Palace – is expected to return for City’s Club World Cup campaign and should start. City will hope John Stones is fit enough to start against his former club.

Manchester City: Ederson; Ake, Dias, Stones, Walker; Rodri, Lewis, Bernardo; Foden, Alvarez, Haaland.

Prediction

Manchester City will start as strong favourites despite Everton’s upturn in form. The Citizens are unbeaten in the last 13 meetings in all competitions, winning 11 of those games.

Last season’s fixture saw City win 3-0 at Goodison Park, and while improvement has been shown in Sean Dyche’s side, the visitors are expected to edge what should be a tough test against the Toffees.

Everton 0-2 Manchester City

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