Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Manchester City will look to put an extra pressure on league leaders Arsenal when they host Everton to their Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Citizens have already dropped too many points in the 2022/2023 season, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Toffees. As always, Erling Haaland will lead the line for the hosts, while Julian Alvarez should return to contention after he was rested in the last league match. Ruben Dias and Kalvin Phillips remain in the recovery room.
Everton, on the other hand, suffered yet another disappointing defeat on Boxing Day, with the team losing to Wolverhampton in front of home fans. Since Frank Lampard’s troops collected only one point in total from the last four away fixtures, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin faces race against clock to be fit for the match.
Highlighted Player (Kalvin Phillips):
Kalvin Phillips started his youth career at Wortley Juniors, but he has been playing for Leeds United ever since he joined the Elland Road outfit at the age of 15. The 177-cm-tall midfielder has established himself as a first-team regular at Leeds, but he has yet to make his debut for the England national team.
Born in Leeds on December 2, 1995 Kalvin Phillips is a right-footed footballer whose main position is defensive midfield. However, he is used as a central midfielder as well. The English footballer scored his first ever goal for the Whites in a 2-1 loss to Cardiff City on April 11, 2015.
Kalvin Phillips made his debut for Leeds United against Wolverhampton on April 6, 2015. Nicknamed “Yorkshire Pirlo”, Phillips is known for his sharp passes and long ball distribution. He covers his defensive duties in style as well.
Highlighted Team (Everton):
Everton are one of the two Merseyside giants that were formed back in 1878, with the club holding a long-standing rivalry with Liverpool. Everton have participated in the English top flight for a record 113 seasons, with the team competing in the English second tier in just four campaigns.
The Toffees play their home matches at Goodison Park, the stadium that was opened in 1892. Everton have won the national championship nine times, with the team winning their last domestic trophy back in 1987.
The Toffees have clinched five FA Cup trophies as well and it has to be noted that a victory over Manchester United in the 1994/1995 FA Cup final helped the team win their last title in the prestigious competition. Everton and Liverpool face each other in the Merseyside derby and the clash between the two local rivals has been called the Merseyside derby since 1955.
In the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign Everton were hammered by Liverpool (0-4) at Anfield.