Everton vs Man City predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of FA Cup quarter-final tonight

Manchester City will continue their quest for a remarkable quadruple when they visit Everton in this weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final.

Pep Guardiola’s side are 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League table and are through to the Champions League quarter-finals but are one step away from another trip to Wembley when they travel to Goodison Park.

City were beaten in last year’s FA Cup semi-final to Arsenal but can make two reservations for Wembley trips in April as they also face Tottenham in next month’s Carabao Cup final.

Everton, meanwhile, have not won a trophy in 26 years but Carlo Ancelotti knows a great deal about the FA Cup – the Italian won the double when he was manager of Chelsea in 2010.

Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s crunch quarter-final…

When is the match?

The FA Cup quarter-final clash between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park kicks off at 5.30pm (GMT) on Saturday March 20.

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How can I watch it?

The match will the shown on BT Sport 1 with coverage starting at 5pm.

Team news

Everton will be without goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who limped out of last weekend’s Premier League clash with Burnley following a hip problem. Second-choice goalkeeper Robin Olsen is not injured so youngster Joao Virginia is set to deputise between the sticks.

James Rodriguez is making his return from injury but Saturday’s cup encounter comes just too soon for the Colombian midfielder. Defender Yerry Mina could make his return to the starting line-up after missing the Toffees’ last five games due to a calf problem. Abdoulaye Doucoure is another absentee for Everton with a long-term foot fracture.

Manchester City could hand a rare opportunity for Nathan Ake to play as he continues his recovery from a hamstring issue.

The Dutch defender has not played since Boxing Day but Pep Guardiola confirmed last week that Ake is back and ready to play again.

The Premier League leaders have no other injury concerns but are still expected to rotate. Zack Steffen is expected to replace Ederson in goal as City’s back-up goalkeeper.

Predicted line-ups

Everton (4-3-3): Virginia; Holgate, Mina, Godfrey, Digne; Allan, Davies, Sigurdsson; Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison

Manchester City (4-3-3): Steffen; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling

Odds

Everton – 9/1

Draw – 9/2

Manchester City – 3/10

Prediction

Pep Guardiola has always taken the FA Cup seriously, while Everton’s home form has been diabolical of late. The Toffees have waited 26 years for a trophy but may have to wait a while longer. Everton 1-2 Manchester City

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