EVERTON RULED OUT OF RACE TO SIGN MATTHEUS NUNES

Manchester City and Newcastle United are reportedly the front-runners to sign Matheus Nunes, with Everton ruled out of the running. According to a report by Portuguese publication Record, as relayed by Sport Witness, Manchester City and Newcastle United lead the race to sign Matheus Nunes, with Everton ruled out as a contender. The Portuguese international has a €60 million release clause in his Sporting CP contract.

Matheus Nunes spent most of his formative years at Ericeirense before graduating from the Portuguese club’s academy. But the 23-year-old’s breakthrough came when he joined Sporting CP from Estoril in January 2019. And over the last three years, the player has gone from strength to strength at Estadio Jose Alvalade.

EVERTONADVANTAGE REDUCES TO ONE POINT

Everton are in trouble after their four-point advantage over the bottom three in the Premier League was reduced to a solitary point following the 3-2 defeat at Burnley. The Toffees were on their way to a much-needed away victory in the Premier League until their hosts scored twice in the second half to seal an important win that moves them closer to Everton on the league table.

WATFORD CLOSE GAP ON EVERTON

Watford have closed the gap on Everton in the battle for Premier League survival at the foot of the table after their surprising 2-1 win at the home of Southampton. The Hornets trailed Everton by three points before their game against the Saints and they were able to move level with the Merseyside giants after beating the Saints in front of their home fans.

EVERTON HANDED RELEGATION BATTLE BOOST

Everton have given a big boost in their bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season after all the teams in the bottom three lost their respective Premier League games this weekend. The bottom three teams will suffer demotion from the Premier League to the English Championship at the end of this season. Burnley, Watford and Norwich City are the bottom three teams in the Premier League at the moment and they all lost their league games thus providing Everton with a big boost before their away game against North London outfit Tottenham Hotspur.

EVERTON DUO SET FOR CITY RETURN

Everton are set to welcome both Abdoulaye Doucoure and Demarai Gray to their squad ahead of the home game with holders Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend. Everton play hosts to a wounded Manchester City team at the Goodison Park on Saturday with both teams looking to bounce back from respective defeats.

WINLESS RUN HITS FOUR AT NORWICH

Everton are now on a four-match winless run in the Premier League after they failed to beat home team Norwich City who were at the bottom of the log by the time the two teams met at Carrow Road earlier this weekend. The Toffees produced a lacklustre performance in the first half on the way to a 2-1 loss at the hands of Norwich City.

CALVERT-LEWIN TO RETURN AGAINST BRIGHTON

Everton are expected to welcome star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin back to their squad ahead of the home clash with Brighton & Hove Albion on New Year's Day after he won his battle against a troublesome thigh injury. Dominic Calvert-Lewin could have made his comeback during the Newcastle United clash on Thursday night only for the game to be postponed due to Covid-19 cases at the instance of the away team. Newcastle United made the request for the postponement and it was approved by the Premier League board.

Calvert-Lewin has been missing in action for Everton since the third week of the season due to a thigh problem. The England international suffered a setback on two occasions while trying to recover from the injury. The injury was a big blow to the Englishman after a very good start to the season.

BENITEZ UNDER PRESSURE AFTER LIVERPOOL DEFEAT

Everton manager Rafael Benitez is under serious pressure to keep his job after the heavy defeat at the hands of Merseyside rivals Liverpool. According to the bookmakers, Rafael Benitez is favourite manager to get the sack and he will most likely not survive the Arsenal game next week Monday if he loses in front of their home fans once again.

Benitez was made the Everton manager in the summer and his appointment was not a popular choice with the fans. He was able to shut down those who have doubts over the appointment due to his previous managerial role at Liverpool. The Spaniard is the second manager to manage both Everton and Liverpool. He was in charge of the Reds when they won the Champions League title in the Turkish city of Istanbul in 2005 and the 2006 FA Cup title.

EVERTON QUARTET TO MISS SPURS GAME

The Everton quartet of AbdoulayeDoucoure, Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will miss the Premier League visit of North London giants Tottenham Hotspur later this weekend.

Everton have lost their last three games in the Premier League and that poor run has seen them drop to tenth place on the log after ten games this season. They would be hoping to avoid a fourth successive league defeat when they take on Spurs at home in what's the first Premier League game for Conte since his appointment as the Tottenham Hotspur manager earlier this week.

CALVERT-LEWIN RULED OUT OF HORNETS CLASH

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin will miss the visit of Watford in the Premier League after he suffered a setback in his quest to return from a thigh problem. The England international has been missing in action since he scored one of the goals in a 2-0 away win over Brighton and Hove Albion in August. Summer signing Demarai Gray gave Everton the lead in the first half before Calvert-Lewin wrapped up the points via a spot kick just two minutes before the hour mark.

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