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On Monday night, less than 48 hours after the final whistle in their Boxing Day wins, Everton and Manchester City will head to the pitch again for another Premier League game.

Carlo Ancelotti is one of the few managers to have won more games against Pep Guardiola’s sides than he has lost. However, his first encounter with City in charge of Everton produced an increasingly predictable loss.

Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti
Pep Guardiola (left) and Carlo Ancelotti have won the Champions League as coaches five times | Michael Regan / Getty Images

City have won their last five consecutive encounters with Everton, although Guardiola’s only loss to the Toffees has been significant – ex-Barcelona teammate Ronald Koeman orchestrated a shocking 4-0 victory to inflict the heaviest loss in the league of the Catalan’s managerial career in January 2017..

While both sides are in good shape, the repeat of such a score seems whimsical.

When does the kick-off take place? Monday 28 December
What time is the kick-off? 8:00 p.m. (GMT)
Where is it played? Goodison park
TV channel / live broadcast? Amazon Prime Video
Arbitrator? Martin atkinson

Everton’s recent surge of good results is even more impressive considering the staff absent from those successes. However, Seamus Coleman’s return to Sheffield United on Saturday could be followed by the reintroduction of James Rodriguez who has missed the last five matches.

Monday’s visit to City comes too early for Allan, Lucas Digne and Richarlison, while Fabian Delph sits alongside long-missing Jean-Philppe Gbamin in the treatment room.

Gabriel Jesus put on a brace the last time these clubs met, but he will be unable to replicate his scoring exploits after testing positive for COVID-19. Kyle Walker has also contracted the virus and Eric Garcia is lacking in physical form.

Everton: Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Holgate, Godfrey; Doucoure, Davies; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin

Manchester City: Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Mendy; Rodri, Gundogan; Sterling, De Bruyne, Foden; Torres

Ancelotti’s latest tactical adjustment to the head of Everton has seen the Toffees do admirably in the absence of their star, James. With a full-back made up of four natural center-backs, Everton have won their last four Premier League outings – against fierce opposition in the form of Chelsea and Leicester City – conceding just one goal in the process.

City themselves have had a parsimonious streak. While goals might not be as smooth, Guardiola’s side are undefeated in their last ten games in all competitions, leaving just two goals in that streak.

Here’s how each team has performed in their last five outings.


Sheffield United 0-1 Everton (26/12)
Everton 0-2 Manchester United (23/12)
Everton 2-1 Arsenal (19/12)
Leicester City 2-1 Everton (16/12)
Everton 1-0 Chelsea (12/12)

Manchester city

Manchester City 2-0 Newcastle United (26/12)
Arsenal 1-4 Manchester City (22/12)
Southampton 0-1 Manchester City (19/12)
Manchester City 1-1 West Bromwich Albion (15/12)
Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City (12/12)

Everton, in their last appearance under Ancelotti who could very well be subject to change, have relied on set pieces and unknown scorers for their goals. While Gylfi Sigurdsson tied his Premier League tally in four games (two goals), the club’s top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin has made four appearances without finding the net.

City enter Monday’s game with the best defensive record in the division, but half of the goals they’ve conceded come either from dead ball deliveries or from the penalty spot.

Ancelotti’s side could sit above City in second place, but a win for Guardiola would see his club overtake Everton after playing one game less. They might not quite brag about the attacking power of previous seasons, but City’s new resolve at the back should be enough to see them through in a game between two of the division’s in-form teams.

Prediction: Everton 1-2 Manchester City

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