Everton will make it hard – Paul Merson gives prediction for Manchester City vs Everton

Defending Premier League champions Manchester City – currently sit two points adrift of Liverpool, as the race for the Premier League title continues to heat up.

City play host to Sean Dyche’s Everton, who enter the contest after back-to-back draws with Fulham and Tottenham.

Paul Merson has predicted it’ll be a tough game for City, but backed Pep Guardiola’s side to win 2-0.

He told Sportskeeda: “I was at the Brentford-Manchester City game with my boy and Man City were mostly in second gear. The Bees scored a brilliant goal through Neal Maupay to break the deadlock, but Guardiola and Co. were absolutely relentless after going behind despite not being at their best and came away with all three points thanks to a Phil Foden hat-trick.

“Everton will make it hard for teams despite their position in the league table, but I can’t see anything but a Manchester City win and that will take them to the top of the Premier League standings.

“They’ve won nine successive games across all competitions and have started to do what they do best during the second half of the campaign – winning games and going on a run.

“In Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland, they’ve got two world-class players back in their squad and that is a massive, massive advantage.

“The likes of Jack Grealish and John Stones didn’t even get off the bench against Brentford – that just goes to show what a phenomenal squad they’ve built.”

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