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Everton vs Man City: Premier League team news, line-ups, Erling Haaland, Rodri doubts

Man City wins Club World Cup, but struggles in Premier League. Everton looks to capitalize on City's domestic form. Watch live on Amazon Prime.

Good evening and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's Premier League football as Everton host newly crowned world champions Manchester City at Goodison Park.

City defeated Fluminense in Saudi Arabia on Friday to lift the Club World Cup for the first time but return to the Premier League with ground to make up in the title race. The defending champions not only find themselves eight points adrift of leaders Liverpool in the table, but behind Arsenal, Aston Villa and Tottenham too.

Pep Guardiola's side have games in hand on those teams above them, but their domestic form is a concern with just one Premier League win in their last six outings. Sean Dyche, meanwhile, has revitalised Everton and Goodison Park is set to be rocking for the visit of the champions, and the Toffees are in need of the points after some of Boxing Day's results.

Wins for Nottingham Forest and Luton have dragged Everton back towards the relegation zone following the club's 10-point deduction for breaching financial rules. But Everton would be in an even worse position if it wasn't for their home form since being hit with that penalty, and are now looking to add City to recent wins against Newcastle and Chelsea.

City suffered a blow during the Club World Cup final as key cog Rodri hobbled off but they will be keeping their fingers crossed he is fit. Jeremy Doku, Erling Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne all travelled to Saudi Arabia with the squad but none were fit enough to play. Doku and Haaland trained individually, so could theoretically make their returns against Everton, although it will be a race against time for them to be fit. De Bruyne is less likely to return until the new year.

The match kicks off at 20:15 GMT at Goodison Park on Wednesday 27 December.

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