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Major managerial absence for Manchester City’s Premier League clash with Everton revealed



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Everton manager Sean Dyche will be absent from the touchline for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City have the opportunity to move to the top of the Premier League table with a win over Everton this weekend, with Pep Guardiola’s side having a formidable recent record against the Toffees.

The Sky Blues have won 12 of the last 13 meetings against Everton and haven’t lost to the Merseyside club since a 4-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium in January 2017.

Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez and Bernardo Silva were all the scoresheet during a 3-1 comeback win at Goodison Park in December, with the victory part of Manchester City’s current 12-match unbeaten streak.

City, who also beat Brentford 3-1 on Monday evening to move to within two points of league leaders Liverpool, face three successive Premier League home fixtures, starting with Saturday’s clash with Everton.

The Toffees have dropped into the relegation zone after a six-match winless run in the Premier League, with Everton also facing the prospect of another points deduction for Financial Fair Play breaches.

Sean Dyche’s side did secure a vital point last weekend however, drawing 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur after a last-gasp equaliser.

The Everton manager will be absent from the dugout for Saturday’s match at the Etihad Stadium though, with Dyche set to serve a one-match touchline ban as a result of accumulating three yellow cards.

Dyche was issued with his third yellow card of the season against Spurs last weekend by referee Michael Oliver.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has also served a touchline ban this season, with the Catalan absent from the touchline for a 2-1 loss to Wolves in September.