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ETIHAD STADIUM, MANCHESTER — Manchester City failed to muster a shot on target during the goalless first half of their Premier League game against relegation-threatened Everton.
Monday’s come-from-behind 3-1 victory at Brentford, where Phil Foden scored a fabulous hat-trick, moved Pep Guardiola’s champions to within two points of Liverpool after the leaders lost by the same scoreline to title rivals Arsenal.
But there was not much of that cutting edge in evidence as City produced a disjointed opening 45 minutes, with eight of their nine goal attempts blocked by a well-drilled Everton defence.
Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish were all among the substitutes ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Copenhagen and they might yet be required today.
The Sporting News is following Manchester City vs. Everton live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen. Check back here for updates.
Man City vs Everton live score
Man City (4-1-4-1, right to left): 31. Ederson (GK) — 25. Manuel Akanji, 3. Ruben Dias, 5. John Stones, 6. Nathan Ake — 16. Rodri — 47. Phil Foden, 27. Matheus Nunes, 19. Julian Alvarez, 11. Jeremy Doku — 9. Erling Haaland.
Everton (4-4-1-1 right to left): 1. Jordan Pickford (GK) — 22. Ben Godfrey (23. Seamus Coleman), 6. James Tarkowski, 32. Jarrad Branthwaite, 19. Vitaliy Mykolenko — 18. Ashley Young, 27. Idrissa Gueye, 37. James Garner, 7. Dwight McNeil — 11. Jack Harrison — 9. Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Man City vs. Everton live updates, highlights and commentary
66th minute: Walker has been responsible for some of the change in feel, but lamping a cross well out of play isn’t doing anyone in sky blue any favours. Everton gleefully take the opportunity to disrupt City’s rhythm. Now Tarkowski makes the most of a challenge from De Bruyne. Tempers are getting frayed.
62nd minute: Haaland comes outside the box, pops it off to Doku and gets the return pass. His low cross is a beauty and McNeil clears behind. Everton deal with the subsequent danger but the pressure is definitely mounting.
56th minute: Walker comes on for Akanji, ending a difficult afternoon for the Switzerland international. De Bruyne is on for Nunes and the crowd give their hero a rousing welcome.
55th minute: Coleman is on for Godfrey as De Bruyne and Walker get their final instructions. Haaland shoves Branthwaite over and that’s obviously a free-kick.
53rd minute: Gueye fouls Foden and goes into the book. Before City take their free-kick, Godfrey looks like’s he’s in bother and gets some treatment. De Bruyne and Walker are coming on for City.
51st minute: Doku gets into the area. Excellent clearances from Branthwaite. Would have been easy to divert that towards his own goal but that was cool as anything from the Everton centre-back.
50th minute: Nunes buys a foul, with Mykolenko the obliging cashier. Guardiola is on the pitch making elaborate, instructive hand gestures.
49th minute: Alvarez takes aim from 25 yards. He’s good from here. Much better than that – sliced high and wide.
48th minute: Tarkowski blocks a Doku cross, heads the ball straight up into the air. His performing seal act is stopped by a foul from Alvarez. Didn’t really look like a foul. Might have been if it had been a challenge on an actual seal. I digress.
46th minute: We’re back underway. No changes for either side, but De Bruyne, Silva and Walker are all warming up.
Halftime: Alvarez and Foden make an absolutely royal nonsense of an attempted short corner and that’s that. Everton deservedly level after a half of few chances. See you after the break.
45th minute+3: Haaland gets up highest, Akanji’s shot is blocked heroically by Tarkowski. We’re checking for handball but that’s hit his bicep close to his body and the check is complete. A Foden shot skids through a crowd of bodies. Another corner.
45th minute+2: A probing passage of play from City sees Stones win a corner.
45th minute: Howls of frustration around the Etihad Stadium. Alvarez picks Tarkowski’s pocked but his pass for Haaland is too close to Pickford, who is able to mop up relatively easily. There’ll be three additional minutes, which is pretty much all made up by Ederson’s spell of treatment earlier on.
44rd minute: Foden thumps it to the back post and Akanji can’t divert goalwards.
43rd minute: Foden’s feet are far too quick for Mykolenko and City have a free-kick on the right-hand corner of the box. Foden and Alvarez over it.
39th minute: Nunes sends a pass rolling out of play inside his own half. The head of steam City appeared to be building up, Everton are having a fairly comfortable time of things as their opponents do quite a lot of un-City things.
37th minute: Dias blocks a Calvert-Lewin header. The bouncing ball falls for Harrison. He spies the top corner but probably puts his shot closer to the Asda car park over the road.
36th minute: Foden plays in Nunes, another little link-up that’s starting to work. Pickford darts out, realises he’s run out of penalty area and clears with his knee. Now McNeil attacks down the City right but his cross is out of Calvert-Lewin’s reach.
33rd minute: Doku scoots past Godfrey. It looks like he might have his measure. The low cross is off target, cleared as far as Rodri and Nunes has another cross intercepted.
32nd minute: Ake with a thundering tackle on Calvert-Lewin to get Guardiola’s side back on the front foot. The Dutchman now crosses, Pickford misses it. Everton half clear before Foden’s shot is…yep, you guessed it… blocked.
31st minute: No joy from the host as Doku shuffles and has a shot blocked.
30th minute: Lovely piece of skill from Alvarez to flick the ball over Young’s head. Then he gives the ball away. City’s half in a nutshell. They have it back though and Foden slides in an underlapping Nunes to win a corner on the right.
27th minute: Doku starting to purr now. He stands up a cross for Haaland, who can’t keep his header down.
26th minute: It’s been a fun physical battle between Dias and Calvert-Lewin so far. The Everton man bundles his way into a free-kick this time but there’s nothing doing from McNeil’s delivery from deep on the right.
25th minute: Godfrey over-commits and Doku gets goal side of him. Branthwaite makes an excellent clearance with Alvarez poised to convert.
24th minute: Instinctive touch through by Alvarez to Haaland but he’s crowded out by three Everton bodies. At the other end, Akanji cuts out a through ball with Calvert-Lewin lurking.
22nd minute: Godfrey and Young double up on Doku to see off some danger. Everything going on in front of Everton right now and they’ll be very happy with that. Foden cuts in and lets fly but again there a salmon pink body in the way (fetching Everton kit, this one).
19th minute: Haaland turns on halfway to get City moving. Alvarez has a shot blocked by McNeil, his team’s first of the match. Doku telegraphs his intentions to be thwarted by the same outcome.
15th minute: Akanji concedes possession again. Calvert Lewin runs towards the home defence. He chips a fairly tame shot wide when he had McNeil on the charge to the left and in space. Poor decision and execution there.
13th minute: Akanji misplaces a fairly simple pass to Alvarez. Don’t think Guardiola told him to do that. All a bit clunky from City at the moment.
11th minute: Ederson is going to carry on but, interestingly, a replay just run in the press box appeared to show Godfrey kicking out and catching the City keeper in the face. Clearly that’s been deemed accidental and there’ll be no recourse to VAR.
10th minute: Ederson still down receiving treatment. He’s sitting up now. Guardiola has a fine understudy in Stefan Ortega, who might be called upon as he was against Newcastle last month. Akanji gets some instructions from Guardiola during the break.
8th minute: City try to play out from the corner, not entirely effectively. Godfrey and Ederson challenge for the loose ball. The Brazilian goalkeeper gets there first but it’s a painful one for him. He needs some treatment.
7th minute: Some tidy play through midfield by Everton ends up with Mykolenko being released down the left. His cross is over Calvert-Lewin. Young drills back into the box and it’s cleared behind.
5th minute: An interesting setup from City so far, with Stones and Akanji each tucking into midfield from full-back. It just led to a fairly clunky bit of build-up play.
3rd minute: Alvarez booms an inswinging in under the crossbar but Pickford is equal to the task palming clear. Nunes’ follow-up cross is overhit, beyond Haaland.
2nd minute: Foden, fresh from his hat-trick in midweek, glides inside looking to cause trouble but his pass is blocked. Now here’s the twinkle-toed Doku on the other flank and Tarkowski clears his low cross behind for the game’s first corner.
1st minute: Off we go. Everton won the toss before kickoff and turned the teams around. It means that instead of kicking to the North Stand during the second half, City will be attacking the South Stand. This doesn’t happen very often. It did when they won the Premier League on the final day of the season in 2021/22.
3 mins before kickoff: Here come the teams, walking out at a packed Etihad. We’re almost ready to go. Both sets of fans booing the Premier League anthem. Lovely.
15 mins before kickoff: Julian Alvarez is making his 23rd start out of 23 Premier League games this season. The young Argentina forward is a phenomenal talent and injuries to Haaland and De Bruyne have played a part in this run, given he played as an attacking midfielder for the bulk of the Belgian’s absence. But now, with both of those star men back in the fold and Phil Foden thriving in central areas, the fact Guardiola is still finding a place for Alvarez speaks volumes.
40 mins before kickoff: Victory today would see City return to the top of the Premier League for the first time since November, if only for a few hours until Liverpool host Burnley later in the afternoon. You also have to go back to November to find Erling Haaland’s most recent Premier League goal (against Liverpool, incidentally). The Norway superstar has spent the majority of the interim period on the sidelines with a foot injury but drew a blank on his return to the starting XI at Brentford in midweek. Haaland scored in both fixtures against Everton last season. It feels like he’s due.
55 mins before kickoff: There was an awful lot to like about Everton’s performance in last weekend’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham and Sean Dyche – who will serve a touchline ban today for collecting three yellow cards – has gone with an unchanged XI.
— Everton (@Everton) February 10, 2024
1 hour before kickoff: The teams are in. John Stones and Jeremy Doku start for City. De Brunye, Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish are all on the bench.
Your City squad!
XI | Ederson, Stones, Akanji, Dias (C), Ake, Rodrigo, Nunes, Foden, Alvarez, Doku, Haaland
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 10, 2024
1 hr 20 mins before kickoff: Team news will be with us shortly. There’s speculation that Kevin De Bruyne isn’t in the City XI. Guardiola will obviously have one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Copenhagen in the Champions League and it will be interesting to see how he shuffles his pack.
1 hr 40 mins before kickoff: In his programme notes, Pep Guardiola lavished praise upon his opposite number Sean Dyche. “Sean is someone I respect so it will be a pleasure to face him again today.” The rivalry is preposterously one-sided on paper, though. Since moving to City, Guardiola has faced Dyche 17 times across his spells with Burnley and Everton, winning 16 and drawing one.
2 hours before kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of today’s early Premier League kickoff between Manchester City and Everton.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 6, 2024
Man City vs Everton lineups, team news
Guardiola appeared to have a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones all returning to action over recent weeks, although there was no Mateo Kovacic in the matchday squad.
De Bruyne reverts to the bench, no doubt with an eye on Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Copenhagen, which Stones returns to the first XI alongside Manuel Akanji, Matheus Nunes and Jeremy Doku.
Man City (4-1-4-1, right to left): Ederson (GK) — Akanji, Dias, Stones, Ake — Rodri — Foden, Nunes, Alvarez, Doku — Haaland.
Man City subs (9): Ortega (GK), Walker, Grealish, De Bruyne, Silva, Gvardiol, Bobb, Wright, Lewis.
Influential midfielder Amadou Onana is back in the Everton squad but only fit enough for a place on the bench. Sean Dyche has named an unchanged XI from the team that drew 2-2 with Tottenham last weekend.
Everton (4-4-1-1 right to left): Pickford (GK) — Godfrey, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko — Young, Gueye, Garner, McNeil — Harrison — Calvert-Lewin
Everton subs (9): Virginia (GK), Patterson, Keane, Onana, Beto, Coleman, Chermiti, Hunt, Dobbin.
Man City vs. Everton kickoff time today
This Premier League clash takes place at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, UK and kicks off on Saturday, February 10 at 12:30 p.m. local time.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:
|Sat, Feb. 10
|7:30 a.m. ET
|Sat, Feb. 10
|7:30 a.m. ET
|Sat, Feb. 10
|12:30 p.m. GMT
|Sat, Feb. 10
|11:30 p.m. AEDT
|Sat, Feb. 10
|6:00 p.m. IST
Man City vs. Everton live stream, TV channel
Here’s how to watch this Premier League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:
|NBC USA Network, Telemundo, Universo
|Fubo, NBC Sports App, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
|TNT Sports 1
|Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Asia 3
USA: This game is available on the USA Network with streaming options on Fubo. Telemundo and Universo provide Spanish language options.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live-streaming exclusively via Fubo.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on-demand on Optus Sport.
UK: This game is available in the UK on TNT Sports with streaming on discovery+.
India: This game will be telecast on Star Sports, with streaming coverage on JioTV/Hotstar.