Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from their surprise 2-0 Premier League defeat to Chelsea when they take on Everton at the Etihad this Saturday.
Defensively, Pep Guardiola’s men were not at their best, affording their recent opponents a lot of space which the likes of Eden Hazard and Pedro exploited very well.
Looking at this season as a whole, however, the Premier League champions have been solid at the back with goalkeeper Ederson playing his part.
The Brazilian is now set to come up against another top Premier League goalkeeper in Jordan Pickford when Everton make the trip to Manchester.
How, though, do the two shot-stoppers compare?
Ederson has regularly shown his quality between the sticks since joining Manchester City from Benfica last summer and, looking at the two goals he conceded against Chelsea, there was not much that could have been done as the 25-year-old went about things in the usual manner.
As he has done all season and the one prior, Ederson caught the sort of shots his manager would have expected him to and helped construct Manchester City attacks.
Ederson’s ability on the ball with the Brazil international able to play short passes when under pressure or find a team-mate deep in the opponent’s half when he has a bit more time is exactly why Guardiola brought him to the Etihad.
In short, Ederson has changed the way goalkeepers are viewed in English football and, overall, has been an absolutely necessary acquisition to Guardiola’s squad.
TT Grade: A-
Like Ederson, Pickford is very much a No.1 in the sweeper-keeper mould. The Everton man is often quick off his line and out of his box to make a crucial clearance.
While on his line, the 24-year-old is a very good shot-stopper with insane reflexes which he displayed on England’s way to the semi-finals of the recent World Cup in Russia.
For all of his ability, though, Pickford can look erratic at times and has the odd error in him with his costly mistake against Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the campaign being a perfect example.
At 24, however, the England international has plenty of time to improve and eradicate the few deficiencies in his game.
TT Grade: B+
Pickford has been one of the best signings Everton have made since billionaire Farhad Moshiri bought a stake in the club back in 2016 and has become one of the leading goalkeepers in the Premier League after just one season.
Compared to Ederson, though, who looks a bit more calm when on the ball and is the better distributor and No.1 as a whole, the former Sunderland man is just a level below his Manchester City counterpart.