The 12th round of the Premier League will close today (Sunday) with two games. First Manchester City will host Everton with the aim of getting closer to Chelsea who are galloping to the top, followed by Tottenham and Antonio Conte playing against Leeds and Marcelo Bailesa.
Manchester City – Everton 0: 0 (Half 1)
On paper, the champion could not have asked for a more comfortable opponent to return to action against her after the national team break. City have beaten Everton in the last eight meetings, including a resounding 0-5 in the last game, but football is played on grass and not on paper and Rafa Benitez’s side will do anything to interrupt the streak. Pep Guardiola is missing Kevin de Bruyne who is positive for Corona and also Jack Grillish is absent due to injury. The 19-year-old Cole Palmer, who managed to win the Champions League and the League Cup, was first developed in the league. Raheem Sterling is also in the squad for his 300th Premier League appearance (the fourth youngest to do so after Wayne Rooney, James Milner and Gareth Barry) alongside Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva, while Gabriel Jesus is on the bench. The Topies, still without the injured Dominic Calbert-Louis, are building on Richarlison and Andrews Townsend up front, hoping to put an end to a streak of five unbeaten league games.
Minute 11: The Citizens’ first big chance. Sterling burst from the right, picked up excellently and Puden got on the ball too soon and slammed over the goal from about five yards out.
17 min: Everton first substitution: Damrai Gray is injured and has to make way for Alex Iwobi.
27th minute: City were again close to the goal, when this time it was Puden who picked up from the left and Sterling was the one who went up to the ball and hit over the goal.
28 minutes: City’s pressure increases and another huge miss is recorded. Palmer put a deep ball to Bernardo who was stopped at Pickford in a one-on-one, the ball bounced back to Gonduan who soon hit the crossbar and out.
30th minute: This time the young Palmer tried his strength with a kick from outside the box, Pickford top and was alert to prevent City from producing a goal from the rebound as well.
31st minute: Sterling doubtfully failed on the extension line by Cain and the referee pointed to the penalty spot, the screen referees called him to watch the event and the referee reversed his decision to award a penalty.
Tottenham – Leeds (18:30, Sport1)
After a 0-0 draw against Everton before the break, Antonio Conte is hoping to secure a Premier League win that will put him on the wave. Leeds have not beaten Tottenham away since February 2001, when goals from Ian Hart and Lee Boyer erased an early Les Ferdinand goal en route to a 1-2 draw at White Hart Lane. Tottenham are hoping that the national team break did well for Harry Kane, who scored 7 goals in two games, and that he will now return to bombing the team uniform as well.
13th round games
Arsenal – Newcastle
Crystal Palace – Aston Villa
Liverpool – Southampton
Norwich – Wolves
Brighton – Leeds
Brentford – Everton
Burnley – Tottenham
Leicester City – Watford
Manchester City – West Ham
Chelsea – Manchester United