Manchester United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford to renew one of the fiercest rivalries in English football on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho’s side are unbeaten since October and are currently on a run of nine consecutive wins – six of which have come in the Premier League – and a tenth would put United within two points of their Merseyside rivals.
But the first game of the day takes place on Merseyside, as Manchester City travel to Goodison Park to take on seventh-placed Everton.
The Toffees will see new £22m signing from United Morgan Schneiderlin make his debut as City look to return to the top four after a mixed run of results.
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Saturday’s Premier League results:
Tottenham Hotspur 4 West Brom 0
Burnley 1 Southampton 0
Hull City 3 Bournemouth 1
Sunderland 1 Stoke City 3
Swansea 0 Arsenal 4
Watford 0 Middlesbrough 0
West Ham 3 Crystal Palace 0
Leicester 0 Chelsea 3
Hello and welcome to The Independent’s live blog for today’s two huge Premier League clashes.
First, Everton welcome Manchester City to Goodison Park with Pep Guardiola looking to get his side’s season back on track.
Morgan Schneiderlin is set to make his Everton debut following his £22m move from Manchester United.
After that, our attention shifts to Old Trafford as Manchester United and Liverpool renew their rivalry.
United are on a 9-game winning streak and are unbeaten since October as Jose Mourinho leads his side closer and closer to the top four.
Join us for all the action, with the first game set to kick off at 1.30pm.
Pep Guardiola has underestimated the physical demands of the Premier League, says Ronald KoemanEverton's point at the Etihad Stadium back in October came during a spell of just three Manchester City wins in 9 league matches, and Toffees boss Ronald Koeman thinks his old Barcelona teammate, Pep Guardiola, had failed to recognise the strength required to consistently compete in English football.
Here's how they line up at Goodison Park...
...and Everton manager Ronald Koeman has made some bold decisions. Sticking with the 3-4-3 formation he experimented with in the FA Cup defeat to Leicester, the Dutchman makes just one change to that side, Kevin Mirallas replacing Enner Valencia in attack. It means teenager Tom Davies keeps his place in midfield while new signings Ademola Lookman and £22m man Morgan Schneiderlin are on the bench.
Manchester City stick with the same ten outfield players that destroyed West Ham United in the cup nine days ago. Pep Guardiola's only change comes in goal where Claudio Bravo replaces Willy Caballero; Pablo Zabaleta captains the side while John Stones returns to face his former club.
Everton: Robles, Coleman, Baines, Williams, Funes Mori, Holgate, Barry, Davies, Mirallas, Barkley, Lukaku
Subs: Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Lennon, Valencia, Lookman
Manchester City: Bravo, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy, Toure, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Sterling, Silva, Aguero
Subs: Caballero, Kolarov, Delph, Sane, Navas, Garcia, Iheanacho
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
John Stones returns to Goodison Park as part of Manchester City's back four.
Kevin De Bruyne was one of two Manchester City players to miss a penalty when Everton claimed a point at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season, but the Belgian is more than proving his worth to the cause.
Sergio Aguero has netted in his last two appearances after returning from the ban that kept him out for most of December, and the home fans have further reason to be fearful today - the Argentine is deadly on the road.
Another away victory this afternoon and Manchester City can truly banish the Goodison Park hoodoo that marked the start of the decade.
The flags are flying high at Goodison Park.
Everton versus Manchester City kicks-off in ten minutes.
The theme tune to Z-Cars rings around Goodison Park as the players of Everton and Manchester City emerge from the tunnel to an expectant sell-out crowd. Their arrival poses many questions: How will Everton's back three cope with Manchester City's riches in attack? Will Pablo Zabaleta merit his place in central midfield? How come there hasn't been a 21st century reboot of Z-Cars seeing as every other classic has had that treatment?
As with every other English league game this weekend, Goodison Park rises as one for a minute's applause to Graham Taylor.
Looking on, Ronald Koeman looks a little guilty. Any chance he can get a retrospective ban for that foul on David Platt?
KICK-OFF: Here we go! Merseyside versus Manchester starts here. Everton are up at them from the off, and John Stones sees plenty of action against his former club in the opening minute, eventually settling play down and allowing his new team to play out from the back.
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