Manchester City remains spoilt of choices this campaign with four trophies up for takes. This weekend they embark on their first trophy chase in the FA Cup quarter-finals against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday with kickoff at 8:30 pm.
The Toffees advanced to the last eight following a thrilling 5-4 win over Tottenham Hotspur last time out, while Manchester City eased past Swansea City to book a trip to the last eight this weekend.
Bernard’s move to Everton did not go as planned since his arrival. However, we witnessed the Brazilian’s brilliance as the side edged out Jose Mourinho with a 97th-minute winner. It ended up proving decisive in extra time round five, as the Toffees overcame Tottenham last month.
Since their thrilling win, the fortune for Toffees remains mixed, especially in the Premier League. Carlo Ancelotti’s men recorded wins over West Bromwich, Southampton, and Liverpool. However, the side suffered back-to-back defeats to Chelsea and Burnley. The losses leave the side five points off a Champions League spot with ten games left to play.
Manchester City secured a spot in the last eight of the Champions League after a 4-0 aggregate win over Borussia Monchengladbach. With 14 points clear off the top of the table, City can risk focusing on other cup titles. In 13 matches, the side only failed to notch more than two goals.
Everton vs. Manchester City Head to Head
Both sides have 30 games against each other, with Everton taking home 11 wins while Manchester City with 14 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Everton 1-2 Burnley
Chelsea 2-0 Everton
West Brom 0-1 Everton
Everton 1-0 Southampton
Liverpool 0-2 Everton
Man City 2-0 M’gladbach
Fulham 0-3 Man City
Man City 5-2 Southampton
City 0-2 Man United
Man City 4-1 Wolves
Everton Team News
Carlo Ancelotti faces a major goalkeeping crisis, with Jordan Pickford ruled out while Robin Olsen remains uncertain. Absentees ahead of the clash include Doucoure, James Rodriguez, Fabian Delph, and Jean-Phillippe Gbamin. Yerry Mina and Seamus Coleman are pushing for recalls in defense.
Manchester City Team News
With Nathan Ake back in the squad and fully fit, Guardiola faces no injury concerns for the quarter-finals. Zack Steffen could get a spot in between the sticks. There are uncertainties over the future of Sergio Aguero to start in attack.
Prediction and Odds
We expect the fearsome squad depth to affect Guardiola to go through to the next stage.
Manchester City Win
No Score: Home Team
Goals Under 2.5