Pep Guardiola’s side dropped to second in the table after a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Chelsea last time out, and with Liverpool not playing until Sunday a win would see them usurp their rivals, even if only temporarily.
Like City, Everton would move up one place in the table should they emerge victorious on Saturday. They trail Manchester United by two points and could finish the weekend as high as sixth in the league.
|Game||Manchester City v Everton|
|Date||Saturday, December 15|
|Time||12:30pm GMT / 7:30am ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBCSN||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
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|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Main Event||Sky Go|
Squads & Team News
|Position||Manchester City squad|
|Defenders||Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Mangala, Otamendi, Zinchenko|
|Midfielders||Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Delph, Sane, B.Silva, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Foden, Diaz|
Pep Guardiola has resisted the temptation to start both Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero, although they are both fit enough for a place on the bench.
They're joined by Raheem Sterling, with the England international left out of the starting XI and Riyad Mahrez given the nod instead.
Gabriel Jesus is again selected to lead the line after starting the 2-1 win over Hoffenheim, while Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph both return to the back four after being rested in the Champions League - albeit coming on as second-half substitutes.
Man City starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph; Fernandinho; Silva, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Sane.
Subs: Muric, Stones, Sterling, Aguero, De Bruyne, Zinchenko, Foden.
|Defenders||Holgate, Baines, Keane, Zouma, Jagielka, Digne, Mina, Coleman, Browning, Kenny|
|Midfielders||Gomes, Sigurdsson, Walcott, McCarthy, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Davies|
|Forwards||Tosun, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Lookman|
Richarlison continues to lead the line for Everton, although there's no place for Theo Walcott in the starting XI as he has to settle for a place on the bench.
Idrissa Gueye misses out on a place in the squad, while Marco Silva has opted to start each of Michael Keane, Kurt Zouma and Terry Mina, presumably to form a three-man central defensive line.
Everton starting XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Mina, Digne; Andre Gomes, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Schneiderlin, Davies, Walcott, Tosun, Lookman.
Betting & Match Odds
Unsurprisingly, City are favourites heading into the game and can be backed at 2/9 with bet365. The bookmakers are offering a price of 12/1 for a shock away win, while a draw is 13/2.
It’s an unusual feeling for Guardiola and co. to head into a Premier League game not on top of the table. Yet, ironically for a team who have been relentless in recent seasons, City must now try and keep pace with Liverpool.
Playing the day before Jurgen Klopp’s Reds gives City the opportunity to put pressure on Liverpool ahead of their mammoth game against Manchester United on Sunday, when the blue half of Manchester will be hoping their neighbours can do them a favour.
Everton, meanwhile, are just two points off breaking into the top six and could overtake United this weekend.
City have won all eight home games in the Premier League this season, so Everton know it will be an extremely tough task to emerge from the Etihad Stadium with anything. However, Marco Silva’s men will be buoyed by the knowledge they were one of only three sides to take points off City at home in the league last year.
Last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea was City’s first in 22 league games and they haven’t been beaten in back-to-back Premier League matches for two years.
If the Toffees are to get anything from the game, they will likely need Richarlison to once again be firing on all cylinders. The Brazilian has been superb for Everton this season and only three players have netted more times in the Premier League this campaign than the former Watford man (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane).
For City, meanwhile, Aguero’s likely return is a timely boost for Guardiola ahead of the hectic Christmas period, with the champions having struggled in attack in recent weeks without the Argentine.