After a massive victory over Chelsea, there is little rest for Manchester City, as the Citizens travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton. This fixture has proven to be historically difficult for City and the players know this will not be an easy matchup. After back-to-back incredible performances to start the season, Manuel Pellegrini’s side will look to make it three consecutive wins to start the season. Here is a look at three bold predictions for the highly anticipated matchup of Manchester City vs Everton.
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1. Manchester City gives up its first goal of the 2015-2016 season
Through two games, Manchester City has not given up a goal. Joe Hart has been solid, but the center back pairing of Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala have kept opposing attacks very quiet so far this season. Against Everton, the duo of Ross Barkley in the midfield and Romelu Lukaku up top will prove difficult to defend for Manchester City. Through two games, Lukaku and Barkley have combined to score four goals. Look for either player to be the first to find the back of the net against City this season.
2. Raheem Sterling scores his first Premier League goal for City
Raheem Sterling has been great for City through the early portion of the season. However, until he scores a goal for his new club, the pressure to perform will continue to build. Against the big and physical center backs for Everton, Raheem Sterling should be able to use his speed to create chances to score against Tim Howard. Look for the nearly £50 million man to find the back of the net for the first time against Everton.
3. City gets an elusive victory at Goodison Park
The Manchester Evening News reports that City could tie a 103-year-old record with a victory at Goodison Park this weekend. Dating back to last season, City has managed to win eight consecutive Premier League fixtures. A win against Everton would stretch the streak to nine and would tie the club record. In order to make history, City will need to defy history. Manchester City has struggled historically at Goodison Park, winning just one game at the home of Everton since 2010. Look for City to defy history and tie the 103-year-old record with a win against a gritty Everton side.