Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points and players who can be decisive in Matchweek 36.
Player analysis - Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)
The 26-year-old’s physical strength, aerial power and deceptive pace always makes him an outlet for the Toffees to spring counter-attacks.
Playing to his strengths
Dyche was always going to adopt a more direct approach than predecessor Frank Lampard.
When you compare the ratio of passes that have gone "long" with Calvert-Lewin in the starting XI under both head coaches the difference is evident.
Jumping from 14.1 per cent to 21.3 per cent, Dyche is more willing to shape his approach around his tall centre-forward. When Calvert-Lewin has been unavailable for Dyche the figure drops to 18.6 per cent.
With Calvert-Lewin as their focal point Everton have been able to make those forward passes stick with greater regularity.
All three players have scored in the last two fixtures.
Dyche’s brand of football suits Calvert-Lewin and in turn the rest of the side when he is fit and available.
Everton’s shots and expected goals per 90 minutes have been considerably higher when Dyche has used the striker, compared with when Calvert-Lewin played under Lampard.
Everton with Calvert-Lewin 22/23
|Manager||xG||Shots||Long pass %|
A different test for City
The challenge for Dyche and his players will be to trying to impose their style on an opponent with as much quality as City.
In his first match in charge, a 1-0 win at home to then leaders Arsenal, they did succeed in this, turning the contest into the type of match which suited them.
Everton unsettled the Gunners’ rhythm on the ball, gained territory quickly, and asked awkward questions of the visiting defenders.
From a tactical perspective, Dyche will want to test the resolve of City’s defensive players and take them outside of their comfort zone.
This will mean firing as many high balls, channel passes and crosses in the direction of Calvert-Lewin as they can.
As the table below shows, City’s defenders are not accustomed to experiencing a high volume of aerial duels.
Guardiola’s defenders are strong in the air, but cracks may appear if they are forced into dealing with a stream of crosses or longer balls.
DCL v City defence per 90 22/23
|Player||Aerial duels||Aerial duels won|
Calvert-Lewin is the division’s strongest target man in the air, so containing his threat is sure to be an examination for them.
Top forwards for aerial success 22/23
|Forward||Aerial duels won/90|