After defeating Swansea in the FA Cup’s Fifth Round, Manchester City drew Everton in the competition’s Quarter-final. Coincidentally, with the exception of the Birmingham City match in the FA Cup Third Round, City have been the away side in this season’s Fourth Round, Fifth Round, and Quarter-final.
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Historically, Everton’s Goodison Park has been a bogey venue for the Sky Blues. Since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover of Manchester City in September 2008, City have faced Everton at Goodison Park on 13 occasions. In this span, the Toffees were undefeated in seven of these thirteen games (their record far exceeds this number before the takeover). It has only been recently under Pep Guardiola’s tenure where City have turned their luck at Goodison Park.
Following Everton’s 4-0 victory against Manchester City in 2017 in Guardiola’s first season, the Sky Blues have won their last three meetings against the Toffees at Goodison Park. City won these three matches by a two-goal margin. The Evertonians did not make it easy for the Cityzens, but it appears that perhaps City’s curse at this venue has been lifted.
City will get a taste of a rejuvenated Everton under Carlo Ancelotti as the Sky Blues travel to Goodison Park on Wednesday, 17 February. According to Transfermarkt, Ancelotti boasts a better head-to-head record against Guardiola, where he won two of their three matchups. The matches of note were the UEFA Champions League Semi-finals during the 2013/14 season, where Ancelotti’s Real Madrid defeated Guardiola’s Bayern München 5-0 on aggregate.
Guardiola’s most recent matchup against Ancelotti came in the 2019/20 English Premier League season, where City narrowly defeated Everton 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Guardiola will now look to extend City’s winning run at Everton as his side travel to Goodison Park on Wednesday, 17 February for an EPL match before returning to the same venue one month later for the FA Cup Quarter-final. In between these two fixtures, City will play several EPL matches, and they will face Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Champions League’s Round of 16.
How will Manchester City fare in their FA Cup match against Everton next month?