Manchester City reduced the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Liverpool when they won at Brentford on Monday and they can hit the top of the table by beating Everton on Saturday.
The champions play in the 12:30 kick-off at the Etihad and will go a point ahead of their rivals, at least temporarily, if they can see off the Toffees to extend their winning streak to 10 games.
The match will be shown live on TNT Sports 1 & Ultimate in the UK.
The game will be played at the Etihad Stadium with a kick-off time of 12:30 GMT on Saturday 10th February 2024.
Manchester City are back in control of the Premier League title race now they trail Liverpool by only two points with a game in hand and it is hard to see them providing another wild twist by failing to overcome Everton at home on Saturday.
The Citizens are arguably due for a let-down after winning each of their last nine games, including their last five league outings, but with the summit in sight there is plenty of incentive for them to maintain their recent standards.
The schedule may give hope to Everton as City are set to resume their quest to retain their Champions League title on Tuesday, but a last-16 first leg against Copenhagen is not the distraction a tougher draw might have been.
City manager Pep Guardiola has the luxury of a full squad to choose from which may tempt him to rest one or two players for the midweek test but the replacement starters would all be top quality if he does.
A full squad includes Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland, who have both missed time due to injuries this season, and the champions will be intent on crushing all before them in another strong finish to the season.
They have won 28 of their last 32 home games and have taken 24 of a possible 30 points at the Etihad this season.
Everton can't have high hopes of becoming the first visitors to win there since November 2022 as they have won only one of their last 10 matches in all competitions.
A more positive take would be to say that they have lost only one of their last six games as they have become draw specialists of late, playing out goalless games against Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Fulham before scoring an added-time equaliser to draw 2-2 with Tottenham at Goodison Park last week.
The Toffees have picked up more points on the road than at home this season, although they have taken only one from their last three away matches.
The head-to-head stats are overwhelmingly in City's favour too, as they have won 12 of the teams' last 13 meetings. Even so, the other game in that time was a 1-1 draw at the Etihad last season when Everton were still managed by Frank Lampard. City have won twice at Goodison Park since by scores of 3-0 and 3-1.
Everton haven't scored in any of their last three away games and have managed only four goals in their last seven games in all competitions, so backing City to win to nil appeals.
Phil Foden is the man of the moment for City after his hat-trick against Brentford on Monday night and he has also scored four times in nine games against Everton. However, Julian Alvarez looks a more reliable choice for a goalscorer bet for Saturday's game.
The Argentinian has bagged eight Premier League goals so far this season and is often seen at his best in home games.
In fact, he has scored four goals in his last three games at the Etihad, with a double on his birthday in the 3-1 win over Burnley coming after he also found the net in the shutout victories over Sheffield United in the league and Huddersfield in the FA Cup. He was also on target in City's 3-1 win at Goodison Park in December.
Alvarez looks to have a great chance to add to his goal tally and is advised for an anytime goalscorer bet.
City manager Pep Guardiola should have all options open to him. Erling Haaland was able to start against Brentford and Kevin De Bruyne is also fully recovered. John Stones is available again and was named on the bench on Monday.
There is a chance Everton could have Abdoulaye Doucoure back after a hamstring injury and Amadou Onana should be available again. Arnaut Danjuma, Andre Gomes and Dele Alli are out due to injuries.
Manchester City have won their last nine games in all competitions.
Seven of Manchester City's last nine Premier League matches have produced three or more goals.
Everton have won only one of their last 10 matches in all competitions.
Everton have lost 12 of the last 14 meetings between the teams, with the other two being draws.
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