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Man City vs Everton on Sky: De Bruyne missing for City

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Man City vs Everton in the Premier League on Sunday; kick-off 2pm.

Team news

Manchester City are without playmaker Kevin De Bruyne for their clash with Everton after the Belgium international tested positive for coronavirus during the international break.

Fellow midfielder Jack Grealish is also unlikely to feature due to the knock that forced him to pull out of England’s World Cup qualifier with San Marino on Monday.

Phil Foden is another doubt after suffering a leg injury while away with England and Ferran Torres is a longer-term absentee, but defender Aymeric Laporte is available again after suspension.

Manchester City provisional squad: Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Cancelo, Zinchenko, Stones, Dias, Laporte, Ake, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Rodri, Foden, Mahrez, Sterling, Silva, Palmer, Jesus.

Everton manager Rafael Benitez continues to pick from a depleted squad as none of his long-term absentees are ready to play.

Midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure (metatarsal) is one to two weeks away from returning and striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (thigh) will not be back for up to three weeks.

Centre-back Yerry Mina (hamstring) and Andre Gomes (calf) are also missing, while defender Mason Holgate is suspended.

Everton provisional squad: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Allan, Delph, Townsend, Gray, Gordon, Richarlison, Begovic, Kenny, Welch, Branthwaite, Iwobi, Davies, Gbamin, Tosun, Rondon, Dobbin.

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Sunday 21st November 1:00pm

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    Man City vs Everton is live on Sky Sports Premier League from 1pm; kick-off 2pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

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    Jones Knows prediction

    Manchester City have shown enough vulnerability this season to make teams travel to the Etihad with a slice of hope in their bid for a result. Southampton nabbed a draw and Crystal Palace, aided by having an extra man for 45 minutes, played excellently to leave with a 2-1 win.

    However, only Aston Villa (0) have taken fewer points than Everton (2) in their last five Premier League games. Pep Guardiola’s boys should find a way through, but that’s hardly telling you something extraordinary is it?

    A more enlightening angle surrounds the chances of a Joao Cancelo goal. One is coming for City – and he rates as an interesting wager.

    The full-back has been sensational for Pep’s men in recent weeks with his creative flair and excellent positioning very hard for opposition teams to stop. In his last six starts, he has posted 17 shots on goal, including bagging his first goal of the season in the win over Club Brugge.

    The movement ahead of him, whether it would be Jack Grealish or Phil Foden, allows Cancelo to find very dangerous pockets of space outside the box and he does possess the quality to test goalkeepers with quality strikes. The 14/1 with Sky Bet for him to score from outside the area makes sense as we’re squeezing more juice out of the price instead of backing 5/1 anytime odds.

    SCORE PREDICTION: 2-0

    BETTING ANGLE: Joao Cancelo to score from outside the box (14/1 with Sky Bet)

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    • Manchester City have won their last seven Premier League matches against Everton, scoring 21 times and conceding only five.
    • Among teams who have never won the Premier League title themselves, Everton have won more Premier League matches against the reigning champions than anyone else (14). They also won their last such match, winning 2-0 against rivals Liverpool in February last season.
    • Manchester City have lost four Premier League home games in 2021, including a 2-0 loss last time out against Crystal Palace. This is just one fewer home league defeat than they suffered in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 combined (5), while they last lost more in a calendar year at the Etihad in 2010 (5).
    • Everton are winless in their last five Premier League games (D2 L3), with the Toffees last having a longer run without a win in the competition in January 2018 under Sam Allardyce (6).
    • Manchester City (221) have had more sequences of 10 passes than any other side in the Premier League this season, while only Newcastle (175) have had more such sequences against them than Everton (156).
    • Only Crystal Palace (2) and Aston Villa (3) have scored fewer first-half goals than Everton (4) in the Premier League this season, with 75% of the Toffees’ total goals coming after half-time (12/16). Meanwhile, no side has shipped fewer goals in the opening 45 minutes than Manchester City (1 – which came against Crystal Palace).

    Premier League Preview – Souness on ‘angry’ Liverpool’s point to prove vs Arsenal | Delph’s impressive return |Kane’s confidence boost

    Peter Smith is joined by Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness, and football writers Oliver Yew and Ben Grounds to look ahead to the Premier League weekend.

    PART 1 | How will Liverpool respond after their first defeat of the season? Graeme Souness explains why they’ll be ‘full throttle’ against an Arsenal side who, he feels, are still a long way off, despite their recent unbeaten run.

    PART 2 | Oliver Yew and Ben Grounds look at the contrasting impacts of Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus this season, and discuss Fabien Delph’s surprise return to form with Everton, ahead of his side’s trip to a club he won two Premier League titles with.

    PART 3 | Harry Kane scored seven goals in two games during the international break but will that translate to the Premier League? We talk Tottenham ahead of Antonio Conte’s first home league game in charge, and explain the reasons behind Leeds’ slow start.