Manchester City can climb to the top of the Premier League table on Wednesday with a victory over Everton at Goodison Park.
Liverpool’s draw at West Ham on Monday has left City trailing the leaders by just three points ahead of their trip to Merseyside.
City boast a better goal difference so would move ahead of their Liverpool in the standings as the title race continues to hot up.
After a disastrous December, City are in the ascendancy once again, while it’s Liverpool who are having a wobble after picking up just five points from their last three league outings.
Pep Guardiola will be confident of seeing off an Everton side struggling for form, having won just three of their last 12 in the league.
Indeed, they have lost each of their last two meetings against City 3-1 and the defending champions were rampant on their last appearance at Goodison Park.
They ended the match last season with 82.13% of the possession – the highest by an away side in a single Premier League game since such data became available in 2003-04.
City’s away form has been far from perfect over the past few months – winning just two of their last five away from the Etihad in the league – but the motivation to move ahead of Liverpool should give them an extra boost.
Everton’s poor defensive record, having kept just two clean sheets in their last 12 league outings, suggests City will have no issue in finding the back of the net.
The Citizens are often involved in high-scoring affairs with each of the last nine Premier League games landing with over 2.5 goals, while
Sergio Aguero, who netted a hat-trick against Arsenal at the weekend, appears to be hitting top form at just the right time.