As Manchester City prepare to face Everton in what could be a massive game in this season’s title race, Pundit Arena looks at five key questions ahead of this evening’s clash at Goodison Park.
1) Can Everton Do Their Neighbours Liverpool A Favour?
Some Everton fans will claim that this game is a catch 22 for them. A win for the Toffees over the Champions Manchester City would be a real statement and would do a lot for the position of current manager Marco Silva.
On the other hand, a win for Everton would be a major boost to their Merseyside rivals Liverpool’s title ambitions. Everton’s wildly inconsistent form could see them either seriously give City a game or get absolutely trounced. It’s hard to see any in between.
Based off Everton’s performance against Wolves last week it’s very difficult to see them even laying a glove on City this evening, while Guardiola’s side look bang in form and well equipped to comfortably see off Silva’s charges.
A win for Everton would be doing their neighbours a favour but it’s no doubt a tall ask.
2) Is Marco Silva Dropping Captain Seamus Coleman Again, A Sign Of Things To Come?
Irish biased aside, Seamus Coleman has been extremely poor for Everton this season save for a couple of strong showings. Very similar to how the Toffees themselves have performed throughout the campaign.
Against Wolves, he struggled and came off after 73 minutes. Youngster Jonjoe Kenny replaces Coleman in the starting XI at right back and midfielder Tom Davies takes the captain’s armband in his absence.
A sign that Silva may put his trust in the youth instead of an ageing Coleman for the remainder of the season.
The Irish captain has been dropped already this season and managed to find his way back into the starting XI but there’s no question that is lack of form is extremely worrying for the Toffees.
3) Can Sergio Aguero Continue His Scintillating Goalscoring Form At Goodison This Evening?
A hat-trick against Arsenal at the weekend and a goal against Newcastle the week before that, Sergio Aguero is finding the form that has made him one of the best strikers in Europe over the past few seasons.
The Argentine was sensational as City saw off the Gunners and has already grabbed 14 league goals this campaign putting him amongst the division’s leading goalscorers.
With a returning Sane, Bernardo Silva and David Silva all in the starting lineup this evening, Aguero will certainly not be short of ammunition to fire City back to the top of the Premier League table.
4) Can City Continue To Put The Pressure On Leaders Liverpool With A Victory?
A win for Manchester City could be huge in the title race considering it will take them back to the top, albeit having played a game more than their Merseyside rivals.
Liverpool have been stuttering ever so slightly as of late, picking up two draws in a row against Leicester and West Ham, two games they should, without a doubt, be coming away from with all three points.
The psychological boost of City saying “follow that” to Klopp’s side with a win tonight over Everton could be huge for Guardiola’s men and likely won’t help Liverpool’s jitters.
They’ll certainly be favourites to come away from all three points against an inconsistent Toffees at Goodison Park this evening.
5) Will Leaving Richarlison On The Bench Come Back To Haunt Marco Silva?
Dropping your top scorer is always a risk but Richarlison was one of the poorer performers in Everton’s loss to Wolves at the weekend.
The Brazilian, however, has been a strong signing for Silva and co this season and with ten goals this campaign, Richarlison has undoubtedly been their main attacking threat.
His pace and trickery could have caused a City defence that is prone to errors some problems but Silva has opted against starting the Brazilian.