Man City vs Everton – Premier League: Live score, team news and updates as Pep Guardiola’s side aim to leapfrog Liverpool into top spot, as Kevin de Bruyne starts on the bench

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Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the latest score, team news and updates as Manchester City host Everton at the Etihad in Premier League action.

Will this man prove the difference again today?

His hat-trick at Brentford last Monday earned City a ninth straight win as they begin to hit their stride again.

And Phil Foden looked sharp in the warm-ups as we approached kick-off.

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Dyche marks 300 Premier League appearances… in the stands

A milestone occasion for Everton boss Sean Dyche as he reaches 300 games in charge in the top flight.

“I’m happy with it because it’s hard to get into the Premier League as a manager, so to have that longevity, it feels pretty good,” he said on TNT.

But a borderline ban means he will have to watch from a distance today.

Everton are going through their paces

Just 20 minutes to go now until kick-off at the Etihad

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Should football introduce a blue card?

It’s been the big talking point in football this week… will we see a blue card added to the referee’s bag alongside the yellows and reds we all know.

This would be awarded for dissent and cynical offenses and lead to a 10-minute penalty for the offender.

But it’s fair to say the reception from Premier League managers has been lukewarm…

Guardiola: ‘I’m one yellow card from a two-match ban… the refs will be protected today!’

Pep Guardiola in a relaxed mood when he chatted on TNT Sport a while ago.

He says he believes Phil Foden has found his best position, how he loves the entertainment brought by the Premier League and how Sean Dyche’s borderline ban worries him.

Rodri: ‘It will be much more difficult to win the title this time’

What a year Rodri enjoyed! He played for Man City for a whole year without losing a single game and in doing so collected five trophies.

But the Spaniard predicts a Premier League title race that goes down to the wire as he believes Liverpool, Arsenal, Villa and Spurs will all challenge City.

Foden: ‘We play good football … dominate games’

Phil Foden is in excellent form at the moment and scored three in the win at Brentford on Monday night. He spoke to TNT Sports before this game.

Here’s how Everton stack up

Everton XI: Pickford, Godfrey, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Young, Garner, Gueye, McNeil, Harrison, Calvert-Lewin.

Subs: Patterson, Keane, Onana, Virginia, Beto, Coleman, Chermiti, Hunt, Dobbin.

Sean Dyche, who is serving a ban on the sidelines today after picking up three bookings, named an unchanged side after Everton earned a last-gasp 2-2 draw with Tottenham last Saturday.

Midfielder Amadou Onana is on the bench after two games out with a knee injury.

Here is the Manchester City team

Man City XI: Ederson; Akanji, Dias, Stones, Ake; Rodri; Foden, Alvarez, Nunes, Doku; Haaland

Subs: Walker, Grealish, De Bruyne, Ortega, Bernardo Silva, Guardiol, Bobb, Wright, Lewis.

Pep Guardiola made four changes from the team that beat Brentford 3-1 on Monday night.

John Stones and Manuel Akanji come into defense in place of Kyle Walker and Josko Gvardiol, while Matheus Nunes and Jeremy Doku are midfield replacements for Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva.

All four of those dropped are among the subs, along with Jack Grealish.

Team news coming soon

We’ll bring you the confirmed line-ups from the Etihad Stadium in a few minutes. Stay tuned.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Manchester City fans wearing the shirts of Manchester City's Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish pose for a photo before the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2024 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Inside Everton’s new £550 million stadium

Everton fans were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the dressing room inside their new £550m stadium as former captain Phil Jagielka was taken on a tour of the grounds at Bramley-Moore Dock.

Work is well underway on the new ground which will replace Goodison Park and seat 52,888 spectators, a project crucial to the club’s future – although the completion date has previously been delayed amid a search for additional financing.

However, much of the ground has taken shape, although there is still plenty of work to be done before its targeted opening at some point in the 2025-26 campaign.

Click below to see the photos

Not the greatest sign for the Toffees

Manchester City are unbeaten in 13 Premier League games against Everton since losing 4-0 at Goodison Park in January 2017 (W11, D2)

The Toffees recorded four straight league wins at the Etihad Stadium between 2008 and 2010 but are winless in 12 subsequent top-flight visits, although they did draw 1-1 there last season.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: A general view of the away dressing room before the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2024 in Manchester, England.. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images )

Guardiola gives short shrift to Dyche’s points deduction comments

We already had a bit of a needle between the two drivers before this one.

Everton boss Sean Dyche has questioned why his side were handed their 10-point deduction for breaching financial rules before Man City’s 115 alleged offenses were dealt with.

This was put to City boss Pep Guardiola at his press conference yesterday and his response was blunt.

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The relegation situation

It has been a season to forget for Everton with one 10-point deduction already imposed on them and the threat of further penalties looming.

As it stands, Everton are 18th and so in the relegation zone, a point behind Luton in 17th and safety.

If they can win here, they will move ahead of Luton, Nottingham Forest and Brentford into 15th place. A point would move them above Luton on goal difference ahead of the games later.

The picture at the top

The situation at the top of the Premier League table will change considerably this weekend.

Firstly, City can leapfrog Liverpool and go up if they beat Everton this lunchtime. Liverpool then have the chance to turn it around again if they defeat Burnley later.

Arsenal and Villa remain hot on their heels and will have the chance to respond tomorrow.

Spurs will go fourth if they beat Brighton this afternoon.

Your Premier League weekend

Manchester City vs Everton (12.30pm)

Fulham vs AFC Bournemouth (3pm)

Liverpool vs Burnley (3pm)

Luton Town v Sheffield United (3pm)

Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton and Hove Albion (3pm)

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Brentford (3pm)

Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United (5.30pm)

West Ham United vs Arsenal (2pm)

Aston Villa vs Manchester United (4.30pm)

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea (8pm)

Can City hit the front?

Welcome to another packed Premier League Saturday. We have seven games between now and 7.30 and the first item on the agenda is whether Manchester City can take first place.

A win over Everton at the Etihad this lunchtime will see Pep Guardiola’s Liverpool side jump ahead of the Reds’ 3pm kick-off against Burnley.

It may just be a short stay at the summit this time, but let’s not forget that City still have a game in hand with those around them as they look to click through the gears in pursuit of a fourth successive title .

However, Everton are fighting hard. They picked up a useful point against Tottenham this time last week and as they are one point shy of safety at the moment, anything from today’s game will be huge.

We’ll bring you plenty of build-up ahead of this 12.30pm kick-off and then all the action live.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: A general view of a corner flag before the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2024 in Manchester, England.. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty images)