Premier League In Focus – Manchester City vs Everton Preview

When? Monday 21st August, 20:00 (UK).

Where? Etihad Stadium

Where can I watch it? Sky Sports Premier League

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Everton - Sold out

Two of the most active clubs in the summer transfer window face off in the final fixture of the weekend.

Two former Barcelona teammates go head-to-head again as Pep Guardiola takes on Ronald Koeman. The Everton boss is yet to lose to his fellow European Cup winner as last season saw the two sides share the points at The Etihad before Everton earned an impressive 4-0 win in front of their own fans in January.

That was a result that confirmed that Pep Guardiola was going to have to make changes in the summer. Of the back line that played that afternoon, three of them have been released; Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy.

Romelu Lukaku scored in both fixtures between the two clubs last season and Pep Guardiola will no doubt be relieved that he cannot cause them more trouble this time around.

Everton have failed to win at the Etihad since December 2010, when they would run out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Leighton Baines and Tim Cahill.

The first ever Premier League match-up between these two clubs was back in October 1992, a Halloween fixture which Manchester City won 3-1.

Everton are one of six ever-presents in the Premier League, while Manchester City have only missed out on four of the 26 top flight seasons since 1992/1993. One of those four would be all the way down in the reaches of the third tier (1998-99).

In the 182 previous matches that have taken place between the two clubs, the head-to-head record is split down the middle, with both clubs having won 68 matches in the midst of 48 draws.

Manchester City have faced Everton in the Premier League 40 times, winning 14, drawing 8 and losing 18.

In 1906, Everton beat Manchester City 9-1.

After a first leg deficit, Manchester City had it all to do in the 2016 League Cup semi-final second leg. After losing the first leg 2-1, the task would be even harder once Ross Barkley scored early on, but City would find three unanswered goals to book their Wembley spot.