FULL-TIME, Everton 1-3 Manchester City: Three points is all it takes to win the Premier League title. At home. Against Manchester United. We had a job to do today to ensure that scenario, and we did it beautifully. What a performance. What a coach. What a team.
GOAL! Everton 1-3 Manchester City (Bolasie, 63’): Really good start to the second half from City, but they can’t find the fourth goal and Everton get a consolation thanks to a really nice strike from Yannick Bolasie. Hopefully this is only a bad moment and not a Typical City moment.
HALFTIME, Everton 0-3 Manchester City: Beautiful, brilliant, spectacular, tremendous, champion. This was the kind of football City played in the first half, and that’s why they’ll win the Premier League this season. This game is probably done, but let’s get some more goals, shall we?
GOAL! Everton 0-3 Manchester City (Sterling, 37’): The destruction continues! A beautiful work of possession finds David Silva wide open with space to run, and the Magician finds Raheem Sterling for a tap-in and the third goal in this first half. This team is amazing, but today they’ve been otherworldly.
GOAL! Everton 0-2 Manchester City (Gabriel Jesus, 12’): IT’S TWO FOR THE BLUES! It’s a BEAUTIFUL buildup, starting with an Ederson free kick straight into the feet of Sané in midfield; Sané then plays a ball over the top to Kevin De Bruyne and the Belgian plays a perfect cross to Gabriel Jesus who heads home the second. The perfect start continues!
GOAL! Everton 0-1 Manchester (Sané, 4’): WHAT A START! Pep Guardiola surprised us all with a 3-4-3 formation and a lot of bodies flying forward early on, and the strategy worked when Laporte found David Silva, who then found Leroy Sané who smashed it home with his left foot. The Blues are up one!
KICKOFF! Everton 0-0 Manchester City: Don’t give me a heart attack, boys.
Quite an interesting selection from Pep Guardiola here, especially with Aymeric Laporte at left-back. Does that open the door for a back three with Kyle Walker and Leroy Sané as wing-backs? Perhaps, but it does look like a 4-3-3 for now, and maybe Laporte is being prepared to face Mohamed Salah on Wednesday. Sergio Agüero is out injured as expected, with Gabriel Jesus up front coming off a great international break for him. Good to see Vincent Kompany starting, especially having played for Belgium earlier this week.
The Premier League is back! After 720 decades of international break, the best league in the world has finally returned and Manchester City are just two wins away from the title. The first win could come today against Everton at Goodison Park, but it will not be easy.
Pep Guardiola is yet to beat Everton since arriving in England, and his worst loss as City manager was a 4-0 thrashing at Goodison last season. Sam Allardyce teams are always very hard to break down, and City face Liverpool at Anfield in a giant Champions League on Wednesday night.
So yeah, this one will probably be very tough. So let’s watch it together! Stay right here for updates throughout the game and use the comment section to follow along!
Competition/Round: 2017-18 Premier League, Matchday 31
Date/Time: Saturday, March 31st, 2018, 5.30pm GMT (UK), 6.30pm WAT (Nigeria), 12.30pm EST, 9.30am PST (USA), 10pm IST (India)
Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England
Referee: Paul Tierney
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM PREMIER LEAGUE
How to watch on TV: BT Sport 1 (UK), NBC (USA), TSN 1 (Canada), SuperSport 3 (Nigeria), Star Sports Select 1 (India), others
Starting XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Baines; Walcott, Rooney, Schneiderlin, Bolasie; Tosun, Calvert-Lewin
Substitutes: Robles, Martina, Funes Mori, Baningime, Davies, Vlasic, Niasse
Starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Laporte; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Sané
Substitutes: Bravo, Adarabioyo, Danilo, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Bernardo, Nmecha
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do will be warned, and those who post links will be banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Manchester City community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! COME ON, CITY!