Manchester City players celebrate scoring at Old Trafford. Credit: Getty.
Manchester City will resume their title challenge this Sunday when they host Everton in a 2pm Premier League kick-off.
It will be 15 days since Pep Guardiola’s men were last in action, when they won 2-0 in the Manchester derby, and they return to club action three points off league leaders Chelsea, although that could increase depending on the London club’s result away to Leicester City on Saturday.
Despite Man City’s impressive form of late, they have dropped points in two of their last three home league games and lacked an attacking edge in the recent 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace.
However, the Blues have won their last eight meetings against Everton, which includes an aggregate 8-1 league win in 2020/21. Guardiola has also won three of his four previous meetings with Rafael Benitez.
The former Liverpool and Newcastle United manager is in need of a positive result having picked up just two points in his five games, including defeats against West Ham United, Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Everton head into this clash in 11th place and have collected 15 points from their 11 games so far.
What’s the latest team news?
While Ferran Torres stepped up his recovery from a foot injury during the international break, he’s still a long way from returning to the first-team set-up.
Meanwhile, there are doubts surrounding the fitness of Jack Grealish and Cole Palmer after both picked up knocks during the latest hiatus from club action, although neither problem is believed to be long-term.
Kevin De Bruyne missed training during the week but there is no indication of a problem for the Belgian, while Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling are expected to be available despite missing games for their respective nations over the recent break.
With Man City facing Paris Saint-Germain and West Ham next week, Guardiola could opt to rest players on Sunday. The Premier League champions also face nine fixtures in less than a month.
As for the Toffees, Yerry Mina could be back in contention after a recent layoff, which is good timing for Benetiz given Mason Holgate is suspended for the trip to the Etihad.
Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are still missing for the Merseysiders, as is Tom Davies, who recently picked up a knee injury.
Former Man City man Fabian Delph could be in line to face the side he left in 2019.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Rodri, Gundogan, Silva; Jesus, Foden, Sterling.
Everton (4-4-1-1): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Townsend, Allan, Delph, Iwobi; Gray; Richarlison.
Is the match on TV?
How can I watch highlights?
The Sky Sports app and YouTube channel will show the highlights, while they can also be watched on both Man City and Everton’s websites two hours after the game ends.