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Everton vs Manchester City, 2017 Premier League: Team News, Preview, Predictions

Confidence-booster or heartbreaker for City?

Manchester City v Burnley - Premier League Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Merseyside vs Manchester. Reds facing Reds, Blues facing Blues.

Sunday will be a fascinating day for Premier League fans as Liverpool take on Manchester United at Old Trafford in the biggest derby in English football, while Manchester City travel to Goodison Park to face Everton.

Liverpool and United are subjects for other SB Nation blogs, so we'll focus on the Blue side of this Sunday's two games. Everton and City promise to put on a show for neutrals, and fans from both sides will watch nervously as two really good teams with two really good coaches go head to head looking to take points from each other.

Everton have only lost once at home, while City have the third best record away from home in the entire league. Pep Guardiola, Ronald Koeman, Romelu Lukaku, Sergio Agüero, Ross Barkley, Kevin De Bruyne. The Goodison atmosphere.

Yeah, this will be good.


MATCH INFO, HOW TO WATCH ON TV/ONLINE

Date/Time: Sunday, January 15, 2017, 1:30pm local time (BST), 8:30am ET, 5:30am PT (US), 7pm IST (India)

Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

On TV: NBCSN, Telemundo (US), TSN1, TSN4, TSN5 (Canada), Sky Sports 1 (UK), Star Sports Select HD1 (India), elsewhere

Online: NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (US), SiriusXM FC (US - Radio), TSN GO (Canada), Sky GO (UK), BBC Radio (UK - Radio), elsewhere


TEAM NEWS

Man City: "Vincent Kompany is back". Those four words by Pep Guardiola were the best part of his last press conference, and the captain has a big chance of starting against the Toffees. Leroy Sané and Fernando will go through fitness tests before the game, but Fernandinho (suspension) and Gundogan (knee) are definitely out. There's a very good chance Guardiola starts a very similar team to the one that demolished West Ham, which includes Pablo Zabaleta in midfield running the show, because of course Pep did that.

Everton: Ronald Koeman has major injury issues and lost his most important player this season, Idrissa Gueye, to the African Cup of Nations. But Romelu Lukaku will play, and that always means danger. Morgan Schneiderlin, just signed from Manchester United, is also very likely to start. Maarten Stekelenburg, that dude who saved two penalties when these two teams faced each other a few months ago, is back from injury, but is only fit enough for the bench as Joel Robles continues to start in goal.


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PREDICTION

We're winning this one, convincingly. 3-1 to the visitors, Pep Ball masterclass. Yep.