In most countries, the winter break has already followed and the teams are preparing for the spring part of the season. Not in England. In England, as has been for the years, it is played more than in any other period. Starting from this weekend until the middle of January, the Premier League teams will play seven games, both in the championship and in the cup competitions.
So, on average, a match every three days. Today, the derby of the 16th round of the Premier League is being played at Goodison (21.00). Everton welcomes better Manchester City. In such circumstances, when the matches are played every three days, the length of the bench also plays a big role, which in recent years, especially since Pep Guardiola arrived in Manchester, has become City's great advantage.
It seems that the Citizens are slowly entering the desired form. After two consecutive draws, City played two great games, against Southampton in the championship (1: 0), then Arsenal in the League Cup (4: 1), and only two days before the match with Everton, they played a match with Newcastle and won routinely with 2: 0.
Therefore, it is quite certain that Guardiola will activate his "Pep roulette" and make a large number of changes in the lineup compared to previous matches.
The Spanish expert will not be able to count on the injured Eric Garcia.
Because of the coronavirus, Kyle Walker and Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus are out of the machine. Argentine Sergio Kun Aguero had a lot of injury problems this year. He played the last 13 minutes against Newcastle last weekend and now he could be in the starting lineup, especially since there is no Jesus, a competitor in the rush of Citizens.
Gundogan is digging, but he should be in competition for the team. The signing from Valencia, Ferran Torres, could again be in the starting lineup of the vice-champion of England. He played as a striker against Newcastle last weekend and scored the second goal for City Everton coach Carlo Ancelotti will not be able to count on the striking tandem, Colombian James Rodriguez and Brazilian Richarlison.
The signing from Real Madrid also misses the sixth tied match due to injury, while Richarlison suffered a concussion in the League Cup match against Manchester United. He did not play for the weekend in Sheffield when they were defeated by United with 1: 0, and he did not get a doctor's permission to play tonight at Goodison.
It will be a big handicap for the team from Liverpool. Dominic Calvert Lewin, the scorer of 11 goals this season, two less than the first scorer of the Premier League, Mohamed Salah from Liverpool, will be the key players.