Mark Clattenburg, or Sir Mark as one correspondent would like him to be, blows for time. Raheem Sterling is straight over to him to engage the referee in a discussion about the penalty that wasn’t awarded.
Sterling and Clattenburg
Arcing left-wing cross from Clichy for Sagna’s clever back-post run is thwarted by young Davies’s diligence and nose for danger. He backpedals and stops one full-back setting up the other for a headed chance.
Time on ball (first half)
Average touch positions (half time)
Williams clouts Robles on the head with his shoulder as both went up for a flighted ball. The keeper takes a heavy-looking fall and needs treatment.
Everton have Lukaku at the top of a triangle with Mirallas behind him on the right and Barkley on the left. When Yaya Toure loses the ball 25 yards from the Everton goal, Barry strokes a 50-yard diagonal with his left foot towards Lukaku but for once the two other points of the triangle are not close enough to help and he runs out of space and time.
Aguero goes on a run from the inside left-channel, tacking towards the D but Williams won’t give him room to shoot so he turns to tee up Zabaleta who wasn’t expecting it at all and both scowl as Everton win it back.
City keep setting themselves up for a mugging with all this passing in their half. All it takes is one misplaced ball and Everton, who are constantly on the sniff for one, pounce.
Sterling whacks a 25-yard dipping shot that fizzes over the angle of post and crossbar.
De Bruyne spins Davies on the left and sprints past to receive the return by the touchline. He spears a low cross through the six-yard box that Aguero, who had yanked Funes Mori’s shirt to get an advantage but unseen by the referee, could not reach it on the side to prod it in.
Lukaku scores Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images
Everton take the lead, and it’s Romelu Lukaku with the goal: 1-0.
Careless pass from Clichy is intercepted by Davies who spies Mirallas’ break behind the City left-back. Otamendi was playing him onside and the Belgium forward squared it to his club and international team-mate who slotted it home with a crisp right-foot shot.
Everton hit back
Everton register their first shot, in response to two so far from Man City.
Silva is flattened by Funes Mori as they go up for a Bravo kick. City free-kick on halfway. They go backwards to go forwards, finding Clichy on the left but he loses the ball and Everton break ….
Davies is a tenacious so and so, driving into tackles, but he also looks good on the ball. Zabaleta is flagged offside up the right but it was an awfully late call from the linesman.
Time on ball (15 – 30 min)
Hospital pass from Funes Mori after a good interception. He squared the ball blind towards the centre circle and City lap it up and break at pace up the left. De Bruyne spins the ball to the back post for Silva who controls it but Robles is on him and even David Silva cannot work it under him. A good, strong intervention from the keeper, whose fast feet saved the day, pushes the ball and City’s playmaker away from goal and reinforcements block his path
Robles closes down David Silva
Robles closes down David Silva Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images
City free-kick on the left after Holgate trips Aguero and the striker falls in the box. De Bruyne whips it in but Ashley Williams is first to it and he absolutely wellies it upfield. Back come City and move it back down their left with Everton straining to get out of their box after the free-kick. He curls in a cross to the far post met by Sterling who has to leap to get it a chest height with his right leg but can only divert his trap cum shot straight at Robles.
Yaya Toure, who is serenaded with the Delilah song, moves upfield in stately fashion but when City lose the ball up the left their centre-backs split and he sprints back to augment them. It’ Sagna, though who sweeps up the Barkley pass.
Man City enjoying plenty of touches of the ball so far
Man City have had 222 touches of the ball compared to 132 by Everton.
A ball pinged up to Aguero doesn’t stick and back it comes at City who kill the urgency and start working the ball around again in familiar fashion as Everton stalk them, waiting for the opportunity to pounce on the counter.
Here’s the Mirallas ‘finish’:
Mirallas ‘scores’ but the goal is chalked off
Credit: Reuters / Darren Staples
Everton probe up both wings but are ultimately forced back to Robles after some concerted City harrying. Looking at it again I think it was a penalty.
Time on ball (0 – 15 min)
It’s been a shot-shy start to Everton v Man City
Not much to do for either keeper at Goodison Park – Everton and Man City keeping each other at bay.
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They fly up the left and work the ball to the wide-open Sterling in the centre. He takes a touch to try to round Robles and falls to the ground. The keeper smother it as Baines slides in desperately. Sterling shouts for a penalty but Mark Clattenburg says no. The replays shows that Robles clipped him slightly as he tried to hack the ball away but I can’t see if it was before or after the goalkeeper’s foot feathered the ball. Niall Quinn, former City player, says it probably was a penalty.
Zabaleta concedes a corner because he didn’t realise he had time to turn and clear. Baines cuts it back for Mirallas who curls a right-foot cross from the left over towards Lukaku at the far post but City clear and break.
Terrific move from Everton puts the ball in the City net but Coleman and Mirallas were sixi nches offside when Lukaku’s lovely reverse pass put them behind City’s defence. Coleman squared it to Mirallas who rolled it into the net but the whistle went before the ball had reached him.
Everton work it out to the left eventually and Leighton Baines hangs up a whipping outswing cross that just eludes Lukaku.
Everton have clearly been instructed to beast Stones whenever he has the ball and Lukaku is like a rash on him as the centre-back tries to play out from the back.It hurries him into a hacked clearance and Everton win a free-kick as City panic a little 30 yards out.
Davis slides in on Sterling and catches him on the ankle, free-kick. City pass it around, probing but not yet getting to within 30 yards of the Everton goal.
Good mopping up from Tom Davies, he of the Ray Parlour hair, who stops birthday boy David Silva pouncing on a loose ball in the centre-circle. Everton shift it to the left and drive a long ball upfield that Bravo sweeper-keeps out before Lukaku can get there.
Clichy pushes the ball up to Sterling on halfway after a good spell of passing but he is well policed and the ball bounces off him and out for a throw.
City pass it around at the back. Noticeable already that Yaya Toure is dropping between the centre-backs and the full-backs are pushing up.
Long ball over the top from Funes Mori, a diagonal from left to right, skips out of play and causes Stones no problems. Neither are the boos he receives for his apostasy.
Everton and City pay their respects
To Graham Taylor and Jim Greenwood, former EFC club secretary, with a minute’s applause.
Credit: Sky Sports
One minute you’re in Pune, the next at Goodison
Sorry for the late entrance. Have been doing the cricket. Thanks to Ben Curtis for holding the fort.
Koeman on why Schneiderlin will not start this afternoon
“It’s always difficult. His first session was Friday and that was the reason not to start him.”
Ahead of today’s game, Koeman said he is glad for the chance to bounce back in such a high-profile game.
“We know we had a really big disappointment last week,” the Dutchman said.
“Now we have an opportunity after that defeat.
“We know we need to be very good. They had a great performance last week against West Ham.
“But if we go face-to-face on Sunday, and we play with that aggression and pressing, then we can make it very difficult.”
Team news is inMidweek Toffees signing Morgan Schneiderlin starts on the bench for today’s game.
Ronald Koeman’s side will have to be at their best against a Man City front line of De Bruyne, Aguero and Sterling.
Kick-off just under an hour away.
Everton: Robles, Holgate, Ashley Williams, Funes Mori, Coleman, Davies, Barry, Baines, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku.
Subs: Schneiderlin, Jagielka, Lennon, McCarthy, Valencia, Stekelenburg, Lookman.
Man City: Bravo, Sagna, Otamendi, Stones, Clichy, Zabaleta, Toure, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero.
Subs: Kolarov, Caballero, Jesus Navas, Delph, Sane, Iheanacho, Garcia.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
Your last chance to pick a Man City XI for today’s game
What is it?
Half of Sky Sports’ Merseyside vs Manchester bonanza: it’s Everton versus Manchester City!
When is it?
On Sunday, 15 January.
What time is kick-off?
The match kicks off at 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon, but you can enjoy live build up to the game from 12:30 onwards with our Telegraph Sport live blog.
What TV channel is it on?
The match makes up the first course in Sky Sports’ Merseyside v Manchester main event.
You can watch the game live from 1:30pm on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.
What is the team news?
Morgan Scheiderlin could make his Toffees debut after completing his £24m move from Manchester United on Thursday afternoon.
Everton manager, Ronald Koeman, said the Frenchman was desperate to join the Merseyside club after his career stalled at Manchester United.
“Morgan is really hungry to show his qualities and to play because that is the best thing for a football player,” said Koeman.
“You are born as a football player to play games, not to sit on the bench or not be part of the team. But this is a new step, it’s a new future and he will show his qualities. I am convinced of that.”
Morgan Schneiderlin previously played under Ronald Koeman at Southampton Credit: REX
The 27-year-old, who has taken the number two shirt at Goodison Park, has said he cannot wait to get started.
“Everton is a big club in the history of English football,” he said.
“I’ve always loved the atmosphere in the stadium. I’ve always liked playing here. I can’t wait to play and to represent this great club.”
Everton remain without £30m summer signing, Yannick Bolasie, who injured knee ligaments during the club’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
German winger, Leroy Sane, has made himself available for Sunday afternoon’s clash after recovering from a muscle injury picked up during City’s 2-1 win over Arsenal.
Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany, resumed full training this week after his latest injury setback – but is unlikely to feature in Pep Guardiola’s plans for the weekend.
What are they saying?
Pep Guardiola has conceded he will not change English football Credit: AP
The Manchester City manager has admitted he made a number of mistakes since arriving in the Premier League and has been forced to adapt his managerial style in response to English football.
“I’m not going to change England and I don’t want to do that,” he said following City’s FA Cup third round win over West Ham.
“Of course, it’s going to change me. That’s why I came here: to be changed. That is nice. When I do all my career the same thing, 15 or 20 years as a coach, it’s boring.
Pep Guardiola kicking the ball on the Etihad touchline Credit: AFP
“At times my ideas were not good, because I’m still in the process to know the players, to know what is the best position, the best way to play, to adapt to them.
“I come here and I said a thousand million times, I try to adapt to English football in the way I believe you can do that. But in the end it’s 11 against 11 and the pitches here are smaller – or looks like it more than the other places – and the intensity and the [aggression] and the permission for playing for more time with few fouls makes it’s a bit more difficult.
“So I understand that, I never complained and never complained in the past. It’s just we can do better to improve.”
Ronaldo Koeman Pep Guardiola
Ronald Koeman and Pep Guardiola were team mates at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images
Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman played alongside each other at Barcelona in the early nineties and the Dutchman has insisted he remains close with his former team mate.
“We have a really strong friendship. Now it’s a bit easier because he’s living in Manchester and I live close to Manchester, so sometimes we have time for dinner and to talk about football and life. We have spent many hours together, talking football,” said Koeman.
Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman embrace before Man City 1-1 Everton Credit: Getty Images
The Everton manager revealed he was also somewhat of a mentor to Guardiola.
“He was eager to learn, he wanted to know everything. Pep wanted to know about the Dutch school of football.
“He doesn’t pick my brains now. When we have dinner together we speak about nice stories from our time together at Barcelona. The dynamic is different. Now he is maybe the best manager.”
What are the odds?
Manchester City 4/5
What’s our prediction?
Manchester City have been shaky at the back this season and Everton will – if he starts – be buoyed by the arrival of Morgan Schneiderlin. We foresee goals, goals, goals in this one, with both sides better going forward than they are keeping goals out.
Prediction: Everton 2-2 Manchester City
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