By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson expects Everton to leave the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon with a point, and predicts the final score will be 1-1.
BBC Sports pundit Lawrenson has cited the international break as the reason for the Toffees picking up a point, in what is set to be a difficult away fixture.
Pep Guardiola’s side had their 100 per cent start to the season ended when they were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham prior to the international fixtures.
And it’s the international break which Lawrenson sees as the catalyst for a below-par performance from the Premier League leaders.
“The Toffees became City’s bogey team when David Moyes was in charge,” Lawrenson wrote on the BBC Sports website. “But it has been a different story recently and Everton have not won any of their last six league meetings.
“I do not think that will change on Saturday, but I do think it might be a frustrating afternoon for City.
“They will be desperate to give a good reaction after that Spurs game but they have had players scattered around the globe over the past week or so, and may not be at their best.
“It is the same for Everton of course but, if both teams are below par, I would still expect the Toffees to leave with a point.”
Despite the loss at White Hart Lane, City are still top of the Premier League table with 18 points from seven fixtures.
They will have the in-form Sergio Aguero to call on, and the Argentine has already netted five goals this season.
Koeman’s side have Belgian powerhouse Romelu Lukaku up top, as the Merseyside club look to build on an impressive start to the season that sees them lying in fifth with 14 points.