Manchester City look to end 2022 on a high as they welcome Everton to the Etihad this afternoon. Pep Guardiola’s side are strong favourites to do just that, but whatever happens they will enter the New Year with ground to make up on Arsenal.
As ever much of the attention will be on Erling Haaland, who marked City’s return to Premier League action with a brace against Leeds. That made him the fastest player ever to 20 Premier League goals, with plenty more records set to follow after his remarkable start to life in England.
Things are much less positive for Everton and Frank Lampard, after they conceded in the final few seconds to lose to Wolves last time out. They sit 16th in the table and 2023 looks set to bring another relegation battle. Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!
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10 mins: City are starting to dominate now. A dangerous cross into the box is brilliantly headed away by Tarkowski. Then De Bruyne slides a great ball through to Haaland, who round Pickford but the angle is too tight and he hits the side netting.
9 mins: A bit of retribution from Haaland on Godfrey as he leaves something on the Everton defender. That’s one to keep an eye on.
7 mins: A first foray forward from Everton. They attack down the right and City are forced to clear a cross into the box.
5 mins: A quiet opening five minutes. Things haven’t really got going since that early stoppage.
3 mins: Panic over. After more than two minutes of treatment, Haaland is fine to continue.
1 mins: Haaland goes down in the opening 20 seconds after a challenge from Godfrey. It was accidental but it looked like Godfrey raked down the back of Haaland’s Achilles. There’s a bit of concern for City here, Haaland receiving treatment.
A minute’s applause is observed ahead of kick-off, in memory of Brazil legend Pele.
And we’re underway at the Etihad Stadium.
Here we go!
Julian Alvarez is presented to the home fans with his World Cup medal and the teams are out onto the pitch at the Etihad Stadium.
– Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 11 home league games against Everton (W7 D4), having lost four in row against them at the Etihad before this.
– Everton have lost each of their last nine Premier League games against Manchester City – only against Portsmouth have they ever lost more consecutively in their league history (13 between 1947 and 1956).
– Manchester City have lost their final league game in just one of the last 21 calendar years (W11 D9), going down 1-0 at Liverpool in 2016. However, the Citizens are winless in all four of their Premier League games played on New Year’s Eve (D3 L1).
– Everton are unbeaten in their last six league matches played on New Year’s Eve (W4 D2), though this is their first such match since a 1-0 win at Sunderland in 2005.
A quick bit of transfer news.
Fabrizio Romano claims City are ready to trigger to the release clause of Argentine wonderkid Maximo Perrone, who plays for Velez Sarsfield.