Hello and welcome to live coverage of Everton v Manchester City from Walton Hall Park. It’s the start of a very big week for City and their manager Gareth Taylor: Everton today, Gothenburg in the Champions League on Wednesday and Arsenal in the WSL next Sunday.
City can’t afford to lose much more ground in the league. They are already eight points behind the leaders Manchester United, albeit with today’s game in hand, and have had an unfathomably slow start to the season. They did beat Everton in last season’s FA Cup final, played in November because of Covid, but they start today’s match in fifth place.
Everton and Manchester United are hoping to turn the Big Three into the Big Five. Everton started the WSL season with four straight wins; since then they have picked only two points from three games, with a 4-0 defeat at Chelsea sandwiched by disappointing draws at home to Brighton and Reading. This would be a very good time to get back on track.
Kick off 2.30pm.