Everton v Manchester City match – preview of the FA Cup quarter-finals, team news and expected squads



Manchester City travel to Merseyside this weekend to face Everton at Goodison Park with a place in the FA Cup semi-final.

This confrontation comes just one month after the two teams’ last meeting in the Premier League, a comfortable 3-1 away win by the rampant City team in the midst of their record winning streak recently broken by Manchester United.

Everton

The Toffees entered the showdown as the underdogs lost their last two straight Premier League matches to Chelsea (2-0) and Burnley (2-1) respectively, and have not defeated City in any competition since January 2017.

An unexpected victory for Carlo Ancelotti’s side would mean qualification for their first FA Cup semi-finals and a first trip to Wembley since 2016 – except when Tottenham Hotspur used the national stadium as their stadium.

Since then, Everton were knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round of three out of four seasons including twice away with rivals Liverpool.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will miss the weekend’s game due to a rib injury sustained in his defeat to Burnley and was not selected in the England squad for next week’s World Cup qualifiers by Gareth Southgate.

Reserve goalkeeper Robert Olsen is also questionable along with Fabian Delph and star James Rodriguez who were both eliminated from the competition.

City of Manchester

On the other hand, City have won 24 of their last 25 games in all competitions and qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals this week.

With four times more potential this season, Pep Guardiola has a perfectly fit squad to choose from at Goodison Park and will undoubtedly make eleven solid starts.

Surprisingly, the Citizens have won the FA Cup only once under the Spaniard in their previous four campaigns, having been knocked out in the semi-finals on two occasions – both at the hands of Arsenal.

However, Wembley is like Sky Blues’ second home. They already have a Carabao Cup Final against Tottenham to play there next month, adding to the already impressive 17 games in the last 11 years.

Favorite to make it 19Y After appearing to win over Everton at the weekend, Guardiola’s side will enjoy the opportunity.

Expected lineups:

Everton: (4-5-1)

Virginia,

Holgate, Ken, Mina, Godfrey,

Richarlison Davies Alan Sigorson Denny

Calvert Lewin

City of Manchester Given Guardiola’s infamous rotation (4-3-3)

Steven ,

Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Zenchenko,

Rodri, Gundogan, Foden,

Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

Expected result:

Everton 1-2 Manchester City (after extra time)

The match will take place on Saturday 20-20Y March – 17:30

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