Scotland League Cup

Everton-Manchester City Preview

Not invincible but still certainly imposing, the hunted are the hunters Saturday when reigning champions and second-place Manchester City host Everton at the Etihad.

The Citizens (13-2-1) had little time to wallow after their first loss domestically last weekend - a 2-0 setback at Chelsea that ended a seven-match winning streak in league play - as they needed a result Wednesday against Hoffenheim to wrap up the top spot in Group E of the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola's team got that result - a 2-1 victory at home over the German side - but not without some effort as Leroy Sane continued his blistering form with a brace on either side of halftime to negate a first-half penalty by Andrej Kramaric. Sane's first was a world-class free kick in first-half stoppage time, and just after the hour, the Germany international finished a 1-2 with Raheem Sterling for his fifth goal in six matches across all competitions.