20 February 2019
The ankle injury of Manchester City's David Silva (right) is a factor in the match against Everton. Photo: AFP
The ankle injury of Manchester City's David Silva (right) is a factor in the match against Everton. Photo: AFP

Premier League weekend preview

Tim Bredbury

Liverpool will be hoping that their neighbours Everton can do them a huge favour when they take on visiting Manchester City at Goodison Park this weekend.

Everton’s hopes of a top-four finish were dented after losing 2-0 to Southampton and they need to win their last two games to have any chance of playing Champions League football next season.

Arsenal have taken full advantage in the run in and are now four points in front after their 3-0 win against Newcastle at the Emirates.

City know that the league is theirs to lose and will be looking at this game as the toughest of their final three matches left to play.

City are sweating on the health of playmaker David Silva who has an ankle injury. The Spanish star could make the bench and come on if needed.

Everton’s makeshift central defending pairing of John Stones and Antolin Alcaraz have done well between them but against City’s formidable strike force, the presence of Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka would be the preferred pairing for the Merseyside team.

Overall, I believe that City have some weaknesses at the back but will have too much quality up front and they should be able to take three points from this game against Everton.

If City don’t score in the first 20 minutes then it could be a very interesting game.

Prediction: Manchester City away win

Ryan Giggs stepped into his new role as Manchester United’s manager after the sacking of David Moyes and it could not have been a better start for the Welshman.

A thumping 4-0 win against Norwich saw the gloom and doom of the Moyes era lift and the players respond in a way that has been missing this season.

Giggs knows the United set-up, he is a legend at the club and he has the vital respect of the players. Put these components together and add Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt as his assistants and you have a fighting chance.

United realize that they made a big mistake appointing Moyes as the “Chosen One” and it will cost them the chance to play Champions League football next season.

They need now to try to attract one or two big name players to the club and to do that, they will need to pay some hefty fees.

Giggs comes with little coaching experience and will find a rejuvenated Sunderland a difficult opponent.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has managed to give the North East side a real chance of avoiding relegation after their 4-0 home win against struggling Cardiff and also took points off Manchester City and Chelsea.

Giggs could also see the return of Dutch striker Robin van Persie to his attacking line-up. Under Moyes, the Dutchman had ruled himself out for the rest of the season, he now appears to be fit.

Giggs would like the job and another win could help get him there but the United management are thought to be in talks with some very high-profile managers, including Louis van Gaal.

They cannot afford another mistake so one would see them going with experience with maybe Giggs as a number two.

Prediction: United home win

Tim Bredbury played for the Hong Kong team and is currently a coach.


Senior economist at Oxford Economics

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