In anticipation of Manchester City’s upcoming match against Everton at Goodison Park, Gary Neville has raised concerns about the challenge they may face, writes the GN.
This fixture is significant for both teams as City are currently one point ahead of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table, while the Toffees are fighting to avoid relegation. Neville, speaking on his podcast, cautioned the reigning champions about the dangers of playing against an Everton side that has already secured positive results against top teams like Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Brentford since Sean Dyche took over as manager.
“They’re playing against an Everton team, at Goodison Park, they’ve had difficulties in the past there at times,” he said.
“Everton are fighting for their lives, we know they’re not in great form, but we know something can happen at that type of stadium.
“Look, City will probably win, that is more or likely the case, but there is some pressure now going to Goodison Park, and Arsenal have created that today.”
Despite Manchester City’s superior technical ability, the home crowd at Goodison Park can level the playing field. Everton supporters have remained loyal despite the ongoing turbulence at the club, including protests against Farhad Moshiri and the board. Manchester City may also be fatigued from their Champions League match against Real Madrid, making them vulnerable to a spirited Everton side that can seize the initiative and energize the crowd.
Under Dyche’s leadership, Everton have already shocked Arsenal and Tottenham at home, and the fans will be hoping for another upset before the season ends. While Manchester City is the overwhelming favorite, Everton should embrace their underdog status and use it to their advantage.