Manchester City will look to continue their rich goalscoring form as the face Everton at Goodison Park in the late kick off game on Saturday. City have scored 14 goals without reply in their last three games, including last weekend’s record breaking 8-0 win over Watford. Goodison Park has been a difficult place for City to go to in the past, but could Everton’s current form mean a City win is on the cards?
It’s fair to say the Toffees are nowhere near performing to the standard they are capable of this season, and from a possible 18 points, Everton have picked up just seven and it’s the reason they sit in 14th place in the Premier League, just three points off the relegation zone.
But it’s way too early to be placing that term against Everton’s name; just because they’re struggling now doesn’t mean they’ll be down there at the end of the season and are more than capable of springing a surprise or two.
Everton’s biggest issue is scoring – they have managed to net just five times in their six Premier League games and have failed to score in half of their league matches so far. Their first three opening fixtures saw them score just once – a 1-0 win over Watford in the second game of the season.
Defensively, Everton have kept two clean sheets in the league, however those came in the opening two fixtures and have lost their last two league games – 3-1 at Bournemouth at 2-0 at home to Sheffield United. Everton have fared better in the League Cup, beating Lincoln 4-2 a Sincil Bank and Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 at Hillsborough. The Toffees have so far conceded nine Premier League goals, an average of 1.5 goals per game.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison have shared the goal-scoring duties with three apiece, although only three of those have come in the Premier League. Alex Iwobi has two, with one coming against Premier League opposition.
On paper, City should be winning this match, however the blues should have won at Carrow Road, so they will be wary of underestimating them.