It’s the Premier League or bust from here on out for Everton during the 2016-17 season. The loss to Leicester City in the FA Cup last weekend put an end to any realistic chance the Toffees had at taking home a trophy this year. So now the job is clear: finish as high up the league table as possible. Taking three points from Manchester City on Sunday would be a huge boost in doing so.
Morgan Schneiderlin is the main event here. The central midfielder should get his debut at some point and he may even start given the fact that Idrissa Gueye is away on international duty. Against a team like City that expects to maintain a bulk of the possession, Schneiderlin will be key in winning the ball back and starting a counter attack.
These two sides last met back in October, finishing in a 1-1 draw. However, it was the result of TWO saved penalty kicks by Maarten Stekelenburg. On the flip side, both Bryan Oviedo and Phil Jagielka had really bad days at the office. Surely neither one gets the start today. Oviedo is on the outskirts of the first team and Jags seems to have fallen behind both Ramiro Funes Mori and Mason Holgate in the central defense pecking order.
Date and start time: Sunday, January 15 at 8:30 a.m. EST/5:30 a.m. WST/1:30 p.m. BST
Stadium: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England
Weather: 49°F/9°C, sunny, 93% chance of rain, 18 mph winds
How to Watch/Listen
TV: NBCSN, Telemundo - United States, Sky Sports 1 - United Kingdom
Radio: BBC Radio Manchester, EvertonFC.com
Live stream: evertonTV, Sky Go, NOW TV, NBC Sports Live Extra
Starting XI - Robles, Baines, Funes Mori, Williams, Holgate, Coleman, Davies, Barry, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku
Bench - Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Lennon, Valencia, Lookman
Starting XI - Bravo, Clichy, Otamendi, Stones, Sagna, Zabaleta, Touré, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Agüero
Bench - Caballero, Kolarov, Delph, Sane, Ihenacho, Navas, Garcia