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Everton vs Manchester City at Goodison Park

Goodison Park Referee : Andre Marriner
17th February 2021 8:15 PM (GMT)
  • 1 Everton

    • ‘37' Richarlison
  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘32' Phil Foden
    • ‘63' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘77' Bernardo Silva


Commentary By Neil Leigh


More from the boss...๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

"That is our identity. When you win a lot of games everyone wants to beat you and it is tricky. I have not seen that the team is thinking of the table, we have spoken about that. We are not here to defend our lead, it is all about three points, three points.


Pep's verdict...๐Ÿ‘‡

Pep Guardiola:

"Football is not about defensive, offensive, you cannot win titles (without a good defence) and we have concede few goals and few chances.

"This team (Everton) scored three at Old Trafford and five against Spurs and a team that can create chances.


'Follow the process'

Andy Morrison's verdict:

"The belief at half time was that it was to follow the process and that's exactly what we do. Mahrez's finish was outstanding and everyone lifted their game.

"When a key player is injured you donโ€™t want to struggle you see it as an opportunity."


'As good as it gets'

Michael Brown's full-time verdict:

 "That was a brilliant second half. Sensational, the movement from Mahrez off the line, Bernardo, Foden. TEN points clear as good as it gets."


'A shame to concede'

More from Riyad:

"It was a good performance, we played good again. It is a shame to concede the goal in the first half but we haven't conceded many."


Confidence growing

Riyad Mahrez's verdict

"We train so well we know the movement. When you keep winning and scoring goals the confidence grows. It is difficult for the opponent. We are in a very good moment.


Full time

What a result!

And another record as we make it 17 wins on the spin and 10 straight league wins since the start of the year.

Different class


Gear shift

Everton have really put up a tough fight tonight.

But we have again found that extra gear when needed to just pull clear and get the job done.

Amazing consistency and all-round excellence. Again


Hand it to Ederson...

Ederson earns his spurs as he comes out to snuff out the danger as Josh King chases down an inviting through ball in the City box.

Foden and Laporte then dig deep in the City box to get the ball clear as Everton threaten again.


Solid Silva

That was so, so good!

Bernardo caps his own wonder show with a fantastic goa. He gets the ball from Jesus, gives Sigurdsson the brush off with a feint and then unleashes a curling effort beyond Pickford to surely seal the deal


Questions and answers

Still work to do here as those Everton changes indicate.

But the beauty of this City side is that whatever the challenge or question, more often than not we find the answer.

And that Mahrez strike was an emphatic answer!


Roar power?

 John Edwards at Goodison Park:

"Riyad Mahrez has provided a welcome goal and there is a welcome sight on the touchline, where Kevin De Bruyne is one of a number of players warming up.

"Will there be an opportunity for him tonight? Thereโ€™ll be roars of approval in City living rooms if he gets on!"


Goalden glow... โšฝ๏ธ

Riayd doesn't really do scruffy does he?

His goals tend to be out of the ordinary and that was no exception.

Just glorious to watch. Looked so easy to execute - in truth it took skill of the very highest order.



That was sublime. And it had been coming.

Bernardo was the architect with some amazing work before teeing up Mahrez who then unleashed a stunning curling first time shot which flew into the corner of the net.

Stunning goal. Just stunning



Rodri rises to meet an inviting Foden corner but the Spaniard sends his header just wide.

He was under pressure but that was a chance.


'Attack the best form of defence'

John Edwards at Goodison Park

"Itโ€™s more of the same so far in the second half. City are in control, but havenโ€™t found a way to break what has largely been a stubborn Everton back four.

"The Toffees are carrying a threat on the counter, but attack is proving the best form of defence for Pep Guardiolaโ€™s side, with Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte able to take up advanced positions in the opposition half when weโ€™re in possession.

"Itโ€™s finely balanced, but looking promising for our boys."



More good work from Pickford at the other as he drives to snuff out Mahrez's los drive after a fine pass from Sterling.

City then break again through Walker and his wonderful ball finds Jesus on the left side of the box but the Brazilian's shot is over the bar



Everton's first threat of the second half.

Richarlison finds Iwobi on the right flanks, he drills in a  low ball to Sigurdsson who turns on the edge of the box and shoots but, fortunately Dias intercepts and the ball rebounds to Ederson.



Great play from City sees Bernardo fire in a stinging low drive from 15 yards out which Pickford gets down low to save.

Equally fine work from Joao Cancelo to pick out his Portuguese team mate.


Now Holgate is called into action in the Everton box as he stoops to head away another Mahrez cross.

The Algerian has been a real threat every time he has received the ball so far tonight.


Question time

Different type of challenge tonight for City with Everton's movement and drive to attack on the break at pace.

The reassuring thing is that every tytpe of challenge and questions we have been asked so far this season we have usually found an answer.


Strength to endure...๐Ÿ’ช

As Andy Morrison pointed out, should it be deemed necessary Pep has no shortage of options on the bench not least Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne!


'Something to build on'

Michael Brown's half-time verdict

"As we expected it was possession and comfortable. Knocking on the door creating opportunities. Phil Foden again who we spoke about earlier with the goal.

"Wonโ€™t be too happy going in 1-1 but its something to build on. This is where Pep is very good."


Morrison's rally-cry

Andy Morrison's half-time view

"I donโ€™t think that goal was in the script we were all shocked and that's a reflection of how well we are playing. Very rarely you get two touches in the box so as soon as you get the ball in its 50/50.

"Apart from that we dominated and haven't looked in danger. Am i concerned at 1-1? No looking at the bench!"



More brilliance from Mahrez on the right as he finds Foden at the far post with a delightful ball but Phil opts not to fire in on goal this time.


Element of fortune about that.

Coleman teased in a cross to the waiting Digne. He blasted in a first time shot which hits the post and strikes Richarlison on the knee and goes in.

Time to roll our sleeves up and respond


Mersey pride

Mahrez had caused huge problems moments before with a similar teasing cross that Coleman just headed behind.

But three was no denying Foden's strike.

He obviously likes playing on Merseyside given his strike at Liverpool 10 days ago!


Phil yer boots!!

Mahrez the architect as he whips in a teasing cross, the ball comes out to the waiting Foden who lets fly with a low drive that gets a ricochet off Seamus Coleman past Pickford.

It had been coming!


Doucoure booked

The Everton man rightly is shown a yellow card for a blatant hack on Gab J.

Andre Marriner had no hesitation wielding the card.


Double trouble

Sterling and Mahrez looking full of intent every time they get the ball.

Another patient City move sees Raz try to find Gabriel Jesus but the ball is deflected and bounces up into the grateful arms of Pickford.


Cool Kyle

Superb strength from Walker as he chases back and then steals the ball from Digne on the edge of our box.

Such a consistent player week in, week out.


Everton change

As expected Mina is off and Coleman is on in his place.

Looks like Holgate will shift to central defence for the hosts with Coleman at full back.



Great work by Rodri who nicks the ball off Davies, he teases in an inviting ball to Jesus but Keane does just enough to deflect the ball as the Brazilian bears in on goal


Mina struggling

Yerry Mina is struggling after a challenge with Bernardo Silva.

The Colombian looks in discomfort with Seamus Coleman on standby to come on


Noisy opening

 From John Edwards at Goodison:

"Itโ€™s been a very noisy opening 10 minutes here at Goodison Park, with the home side particularly vociferous.

"Theyโ€™re really bellowing instructions to each other, especially when we have the ball, which is perhaps a sign of how much concentration Pep Guardiolaโ€™s side demand of their opponents.

"A succession of corners is as good as it has got for City so far and itโ€™s us who are playing on the front foot against an Everton side who appear content to counter-attack."



Vital touch there from Rodri steals the ball from Richarlison after the Everton striker had dispossessed Bernardo and was steaming into the City box.



Everton break at pace and Digne floats in a dangerous ball to Dacoure on the right channel of the box who looks to shoot.

The Everton will have been disappointed at not gaining better purchase on the effort.

Another early warning.


Early sighter

Mahrez prompts another City attack and the ball eventually finds Bernardo on the edge of the box.

He lets fly but its meat and drink for Pickford



City uncharacteristically lose possession in our box but Everton fail to make the chance count.

A reminder that we can't drop our guard for a moment.

Everton have the ability to hurt us if we  give them an opening.



City already straight into the groove with our passing and movement.

Just like a well oiled machine.

And Cancelo draws a fine save from Pickford with a 20 yard tester


City's run is 'remarkable'

Michael Brown on City's amazing run of form

"Incredible. One goal conceded, conceded 14 league goals. Its remarkable in a totally different Premier League season.

"How they control it now with runs they need to make with intensity and the amount of possession is key. If City take the lead you want to say go on for me but we are evolving all the time that's where Pep is excellent."


Pep's pre-match thoughts...๐Ÿ‘‡

Pep Guardiola:

"We have to focus on the game tonight.

"We have had a good run but the focus is on the next one.

"We will see how Everton play and try to impose our game.

"Ilkay is much better but to avoid risk we gave him a few more days (to recover)

"The schedule means we don't have one week of so everyone is going to play."


'Clear City identity'

Andy Morrison on City's blueprint:

"We spoke about Everton's identity but there is a clear one with City. From Under-18s to 23s the patterns are the same. The clarity is clear when I watch you see movement that's not off the cuff.

"I think Pep's instruction is clear: the players believe it. You see other teams try to copy it. They get so far but the keeper kicks it out but with City the pass from Ederson is part of the pattern.

"City have been clear in what they do and the players believe it with the talent."


'Game changer Mahrez'

Andy Morrison on Riyad Mahrez:

"I'm a big fan of him in one-one-one situation. Incredible ability to hide what he is going to do and he excites me.

"One-on-one in the box he's the best in the club, it's game over when he squares you up. Drops his shoulder and bang into the top corner."


'Calvert-Lewin a big miss'

 Michael Brown on Everton:

"They showed some promise. Everton have spent some money over the last couple of seasons and added strength in midfield but still defensively unsure.

"Iโ€™ve seen promise and experience but they are missing Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

"They have got some real work ethic but what do you do against this Man City side?"


Good news from Gundo...


A four-midable defence

Michael Brown on City's back four:

 "Great back four.

"That's the back four that's right up there at the top. Naturally I think we are comfortable with that, Laporte getting minutes when Dias and Stones have been so strong but itโ€™s a great back four. 

"Iโ€™m really with that XI but City have been a real team and that's what impresses me."


Special K

 Andy Morrison on the return of Kevin De Bruyne:

"Every time we come in we speak about him. The range of passing the crosses he puts into the box heโ€™s a strikers dream.

"Itโ€™s great to see him back itโ€™s a great name to see when the games start getting tough."


Captain fantastic ๐Ÿ’ช

Raheem Sterling will again skipper City tonight and, it's fair to say, Raz has been in blistering form of late.

Talk about leading by example!


Here's how we line up tonight... โšฝ๏ธ

Pep Guardiola makes three changes from the side that beat Tottenham 3-0 at the weekend for tonightโ€™s trip to Everton.

Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias and Riyad Mahrez all come in to the starting eleven with Oleks Zinchenko and John Stones reverting to the bench.

As expected, Ilkay Gundogan misses out through injury.

CITY XI: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Dias, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Bernardo, Sterling (c), Foden, Jesus, Mahrez

Subs: Steffen, Zinchenko, Mendy, Stones, Garcia, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Torres, Aguero


Stat attack (part two)...๐Ÿ“ˆ

 ๐Ÿ”น Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has lost four of his five career games versus City, his worst ratio against any of the 137 teams he has faced more than once.

 ๐Ÿ”น Everton's most recent win against a top-of-the-table team came at the expense of City in January 2012. They have won just three of their 41 matches against clubs leading the Premier League (D9, L29).


Premier League ton up looming for Stones

John Stones has been in magnificent form for City this term and he could make his 100th Premier League appearance for the Club tonight.

Speaking ahead of the game - and a return to Everton - the central defender made it clear just how much he was enjoying the season.

 "I'm thoroughly enjoying the campaign. It's credit to the team and everyone who's played their part and that's absolutely everyone.

To be in the position we're in now is incredible and we've got to build on that and keep pushing forward."


Early team news ๐Ÿ“‹

About 25 minutes or so until we discover tonight's team news but here's what we learnt from Pep's pre-match press conference yesterday...

 ๐Ÿ”น The boss expects Ilkay Gundogan to miss Manchester Cityโ€™s trip to Everton, but has confirmed Kevin De Bruyne has returned to training.

 ๐Ÿ”น A groin problem forced the in-form Gundogan off against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend and whilst his condition has improved, the City boss says he is likely to miss the game at Goodison Park.

 ๐Ÿ”น However, there was better news regarding De Bruyne, who is back in full training after recovering from the injury he picked up against Aston Villa last month.


Elsewhere tonight...

There is one other Premier League encounter this evening and it's half-time in a crucial encounter between Burnley and Fulham at Turf Moor with the score currently goalless.

Hugely significant fixture that in terms of the bottom half of the table.


Stat attack...๐Ÿ“ˆ

 ๐Ÿ”น Everton have lost five successive matches against City, their longest sequence of defeats in 121 years of this top-flight fixture.

 ๐Ÿ”น City have won on our past three Premier League visits to Goodison Park by an aggregate score of 8-2.

 ๐Ÿ”น Everton's most recent win, at home in January 2017, is one of only two victories in the last 16 meetings in all competitions.


The numbers game...

The facts and figures surrounding our 2020/21 campaign are little short of astonishing.

City are unbeaten in 23 competitive games since a 2-0 defeat by Spurs in November.

We have conceded just six goals in those 23 fixtures.

And last Saturday's 3-0 win over Tottenham extended our record winning run by a top-flight side to 16 in all competitions, including 11 in the league.

City have also kept 22 clean sheets in all competitions this season (from 36 matches), more than any other team in the top five European leagues or the top four tiers of English league football.  

Mind blowing stats.


Perfect ten? ๐Ÿ’™

So much to play for tonight - not least the chance to further extend our incredible run of form and so stretch our lead at the top of the table to 10 points.

City are on a club record run of 16 consecutive victories in all competitions, since a 1-1 Premier League home draw against West Bromwich Albion on 15 December.

It is the longest competitive winning streak by an English top flight team. 

And if we could record another victory this evening it would see us create yet more history by becoming the first team in top-flight history to win their opening 10 matches of a calendar year.


It's your shout! ๐Ÿ“ฑ

As always, we want to hear your thoughts ahead of tonight's game.

How are you feeling ahead of this one? What would your team be? Score predictions?

Let us know using #WNRH on Twitter and your tweets could feature here in the Matchday Centre and on the We're Not Really Here show.




Michael Brown and Andy Morrison are the special guests on tonight's latest edition of our We're Not Really Here matchday show and they'll join presenter Natalie Pike in the studio at the Etihad Stadium to provide their expert analysis.

The show gets under way at 19.15 (UK), one hour before we kick-off against the Toffees. It returns at half-time for a brief summary of the opening 45-minutes and again after the full-time whistle for half an hour of post-match analysis.

Michael and Andy are always forthright, passionate and great value to listen to with a keen and insightful take on all things City so it promises to be another superb show.

And the best news of all?

You can watch it all here in our Matchday Centre and the video will automatically appear at the top of the page.

Essential pre-match viewing


Midweek greetings! โšฝ

Hello, and a very good evening to you all!

There's no let up in what is a packed February schedule with City back in Premier League action tonight as we travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton in a game rearranged from the festive period.

It's an 20.15 (UK) kick-off over on Merseyside and you can follow all the action right here in our Matchday Centre

Iโ€™ll be bringing you live updates throughout the pre-match build-up, as well as all the big match action and post-game reaction as we bid to maintain our record-breaking start to 2021, so do stay tuned!


Tonight's game is available to watch live on Amazon Prime Video in the UK. Supporters can watch the game for free with a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, or by signing in to watch as a Prime Member ๐Ÿ‘


Form guide ๐Ÿ“ˆ

City go into the match on the back of 16 successive victories in all competitions.

Pep Guardiola's side are seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand on Manchester United and Leicester City..

The first scheduled meeting between Everton and City was postponed on 28 December because of a Coronavirus outbreak at City,

Carlo Ancelottiโ€™s side come into the game in seventh, three points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and having lost 2-0 at home to Fulham on Sunday evening.


We're Not Really Here ๐Ÿ’™

Andy Morrison and Michael Brown will be the guests for our We're Not Really Here matchday show, as City visit Everton.

The former City pair will join presenter, Natalie Pike, to provide expert analysis and opinion on our Premier League clash against Carlo Ancelotti's side on Wednesday evening.

Weโ€™re Not Really Here provides a City focused perspective to your pre-match build-up and begins one hour before kick-off at 19:15 (UK).

The show will then return at half-time to give a run down on the first 45 minutes.

Then, five minutes after the final whistle, weโ€™ll be live for half an hour of post-match reaction, when our guests will dissect the game and respond to the fansโ€™ Man of the Match poll, questions, and comments.

We will also hear a playerโ€™s reaction and, time permitting, watch Guardiolaโ€™s post-match press conference.

Fans across the world can get involved and share your thoughts by using the hashtag #WNRH on Twitter.

Weโ€™re Not Really Here is available to watch on all of our official digital platforms, whilst during the game there will be live commentary and footage of fans around the world, which you can enjoy exclusively on and our official app.


Pep Guardiola ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"Everton always has been one of the greatest teams.

"This season they're better and that's normal - Carlo knows better his players.

"They've had up and downs like all teams, that is normal. The quality from Carlo is always there.

"You never get perfection. What we have done - winning 16 in a row - is a consequence of preparing as best as possible for the next game.

"Two months ago, we were not in any thoughts of any person in world football about winning the Premier League. A lot of things can still happen."


Early team news ๐Ÿ“‹

Ilkay Gundogan is expected to miss the game. Pep Guardiola confirmed the groin problem which forced the in-form midfielder off after against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend is likely to rule him out of the visit to Goodison Park, though his condition has improved.

City could welcome back Fernandinho after Guardiola admitted Nathan Ake is his only other injury concern ahead, with Ruben Dias in contention to start again after being named amongst the substitutes at Spurs following a one-game absence due to illness.

However, Sergio Aguero will remain on the bench against Carlo Ancelottiโ€™s side.

Guardiola also revealed Kevin De Bruyne is back in training as he steps up his recovery from the injury he suffered against Aston Villa last month.

For Everton, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is out of contention with a hamstring problem, while Jordan Pickford and Allan are set to return. Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) remains a long-term absentee.


It's matchday! โšฝ

A very good morning to you, City fans!

We're back in Premier League action as City travel to Everton, hoping to continue our astounding, record-smashing form!

It's a 20:15 (UK) kick-off at Goodison Park and as always, we'll have all of the build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction right here in the Matchday Centre.

Check out for more pre-match content and let us know how you're feeling about the game, using the hashtag #WNRH!

Other games that day

  • Burnley1

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Manchester United 24 +19 46
3 Leicester City 24 +16 46
4 Chelsea 24 +16 42
5 West Ham United 24 +9 42
6 Liverpool 24 +13 40
7 Everton 23 +2 37
8 Aston Villa 22 +12 36
9 Tottenham Hotspur 23 +11 36
10 Arsenal 24 +6 34
11 Leeds United 23 -2 32
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 -7 30
13 Southampton 23 -9 29
14 Crystal Palace 24 -15 29
15 Burnley 24 -12 27
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 24 -5 26
17 Newcastle United 24 -15 25
18 Fulham 24 -12 19
19 West Bromwich Albion 24 -36 13
20 Sheffield United 24 -25 11
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