Pep Guardiola Aims to Break Defensive Record with Manchester City
After winning the Club World Cup for the first time in their history last week, the North-East team will resume their domestic schedule.
With none of their direct competitors for the Premier League crown winning in their two games, City will be happy with the outcomes that have happened while they were away.
As a result, with two games remaining and six points separating them from second-place Arsenal with one game remaining, City is only eight points behind leaders Liverpool in the rankings.
But before travelling to Saudi Arabia, City had only won one of their previous six meetings in the top division, so they were not in good form.
The win in question was a 2-1 comeback victory away at Luton Town, but they dropped two points in the aftermath with a 2-2 draw at home against Crystal Palace after giving up twice in the last minutes.
That was City’s sixth straight Premier League game without a clean sheet, allowing 13 goals to be scored in the process.
If they give up a goal against the Toffees on Wednesday at Goodison Park, it will match the longest streak of such matches since Guardiola took over at the Etihad Stadium.
Although City has history in this matchup, they did go eight games without a shutout between December 2018 and January 2019.
In all competitions, City is attempting to win eight straight against the blue half of Merseyside, while Everton has only avoided loss in one of the last 12 meetings, whether at home or away.
It’s ironic that twelve months ago, during the Christmas and New Year season, Frank Lampard’s Everton team earned a 1-1 draw at the Etihad on New Year’s Eve.
But in the 20 Premier League games that the teams have played, Everton has only won once, a 4-0 victory at Goodison Park in January 2017.