Sean Dyche gives verdict on Everton form before Manchester City

Everton travel to the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off to face Manchester City.

The Toffees are currently in the relegation zone but will be hoping for some of that early kick-off magic in Manchester. Back Everton to beat Man City at 12/1 with bet365.

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Sean Dyche on Everton form

Ahead of facing City, Everton have not won in the league since a trip to Burnley just before Christmas, with the victory over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup replay at Goodison Park last month remaining their only win of 2024.

However, when asked about the club’s form recently, Dyche highlighted how the figures can provide different impressions depending on how they are considered.

Asked how he interpreted the current run, Dyche spoke of the importance of his players being able to ignore the ‘noise’ surrounding any concerns over form: “Mood is only temporary. If you look at the stats for the last 10/12 games I think we are eighth in the table so mood is just a temporary thing… it is seeing through all that and reminding the players ‘don’t worry about all that, it is all just noise, this is the truth of where we are, in that chunk of games we have got that many points’.

“And if you look at that chunk of games starting with the four wins that is a good return, a healthy return, apart from for the superpowers.

“I wasn’t expecting this season to be a walk in the park. I was expecting us to move forward and I think we have. If you add back the 10 points that were deducted I think everyone would agree there has been a big shift. Then you add in the stats and the facts there is a really big shift from the last two seasons. But the fact is the league table doesn’t suggest that. Therefore we have to go on the league table because it is a current reality.

“So that is what I have always believed in, managing things that are right there and factual. It’s difficult sometimes but I try to look at the facts and manage that and if I stay attuned to that then I think the players do. We are under no illusions. The league table is what it is. That is our responsibility, that is our job and if it stays like that we are ready for the challenge.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.