Manchester City’s opportunity to cut the 5 point gap with Arsenal suffered a huge blow as they were held 1-1 by Everton at the Etihad. Erling Haaland was able to score his 21st goal of the season but could not secure three points for City as Demerai Gray scored a spectacular goal in the 64th minute to equalise.
Manchester City huffed and puffed but they could not defeat Lampard’s well drilled Everton
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Goal! Man City 1-1 Everton
Wow! Gray steals the ball off Rodri, carries it down the right, cuts back inside and curls it beautifully into the top corner. What a goal!
We are back for the second 45!
City lead at the break.
Goal! Man City 1-0 Everton
Inevitable. Mahrez weaves past one defender in the box and cuts it back to Haaland, whose effort goes past Pickford and an Everton defender trying to cover on the goal line.
And so it begins!
Manchester City make one change from their win over Leeds, as Bernardo Silva returns in place of Ilkay Gundogan. Kyle Walker, Kalvin Phillips, Phil Foden and Joao Cancelo remain on the bench, while Julian Alvarez returns to the City squad for the first time since winning the World Cup with Argentina.
So the big team news for Everton is that Dominic Calvert-Lewin is back in the starting line-up and makes his first appearance since November 5. Today is only his fifth start of the season so his return is a major boost for Frank Lampard, who switches to a back three with Conor Coady returning to the team. Ben Godfrey makes his first start since the opening day of the season after recovering from a fractured fibula.