Goodison Park, 5.30pm K.O – Saturday 31st March 2018.
Everton are the only Premier League team Pep Guardiola has not beaten as the Manchester City manager and there cannot be greater incentive to complete the set than the prize on the horizon that would follow a victory at Goodison Park.
Three points will offer City the priceless opportunity of winning the Premier League title at home to Manchester United next weekend.
It is an opportunity not to be wasted, although Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final at Liverpool may influence Guardiola’s selection.
However Sam Allardyce’s side are unbeaten at home since New Year’s Day and in the last 4 games against City.
And a win against City would keep The blues on course for a backdoor spot in Europe via a seventh-placed finish, but even that might not be enough to save his job given his unpopularity among Evertonians.
Recent form: LWLLWW
While a run of four wins in the last seven outings has helped consolidate Everton’s position in the top half of the Table, large sections of their fanbase seem keen to see the back of Allardyce, and the latest reports suggest that he could make way for Shakhtar Donetsk head coach Paulo Fonseca this summer.
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For the Blues they are just three points away from seventh place ahead of their clash with City, perhaps their league placement says more about the inconsistency of the teams above them than Everton’s progress under Allardyce.
Everton have the fifth-worst defence in the league and their goal haul is nothing to shout about, averaging 1.19 strikes per game, but they have won 13 points from losing positions this season, a joint-high with Bournemouth.
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Idrissa Gueye will undergo a late fitness test before the game but is likely to partner Wayne Rooney in midfield, with Theo Walcott and Yannick Bolasie operating on the wings.
If Gueye fails the fitness test and with Davies injured looks like Morgan Schneiderlin will step into midfield with Wayne Rooney.
Rooney has scored 9 premier league goals against city only Alan Shearer has more on 11. Can Rooney get a step closer to the Record.
Allardyce looks like he will go with a 4-2-3-1 formation.
With Coleman Jags Keane Baines
Rooney Gueye ( or Schneiderlin )
Walcott Calvert-Lewin Bolasie
And the inform Turkish Striker
With the setup and wide players supplying the crosses can Tosun continue his current scoring form, with 4 goals in 3 games he will Be looking to add to that.