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City to beat wobbly Everton

Last updated: January 10, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Wednesday, 7:45pm
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WDWLW
Away form: DLWLD
Last season: 1-0
Competition: The Premier League

Manchester City are on a run of 5 consecutive victories at The Etihad Stadium in all competitions. The Citizens are involved in the battle for the title and they are one of the favourites t0 win The Premier League. In addition, Pellegrini’s lads showed great spirit, turning things around and beating Watford 2-1 in the last round of The Premiership. Sergio Aguero scored a great header and secured the three points against The Hornets.

Furthermore, Manchester City have scored at least once in all of their home matches this season. The Citizens have found the net on 17 occasions in their last 5 games at The Etihad Stadium. That means they score 3,4 goals per game on average. Moreover, Everton have kept a clean sheet only twice in their last 14 Premiership matches. The Toffees haven’t conceded a goal in only 5 of 20 Premier League matches this season.

In the first match of the season between these two teams, The Citizens had no troubles and won comfortably 2-0 at Goodison Park. The left back Aleksandar Kolarov opened in the 60th minute, then Samir Nasri doubled the score two minutes before the final whistle.


Team News

Manchester City’s captain Vincent Kompany is suffering from a calf muscle strain. The Belgian is not expected to resume full training until the end of the month.

Samir Nasri is the other injured player in City’s squad. He is having a hamstring problem. The Frenchman will return to the pitch in April.

James McCarthy of Everton has recently received a groin strain injury. The Irish international midfielder has appeared on 15 occasions this season.

Bryan Oviedo, Browning, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar for The Toffees are also injured. All of them are long-term injuries and aren’t a key part of the squad.

Quotes of the week

manuel pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) :
“The positive thing is that we are a very competitive team.”

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez (Everton) :
“It was a joy to see so many English players on both sides with young ages but big roles in the game.”


Expected line-ups:

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Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Sagna, Kolarov, Mangala, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Toure, Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero.
Subs Caballero, Zabaleta, Navas, Demichelis, Bony, Delph, Fernando.
Injured: Kompany, Nasri.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard, Stones, Baines, Coleman, Ramiro Mori, Barry, Cleverley, Deulofeu, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku.
Subs Robles, Naismith, Gibson, Jagielka, McGeady, Galloway, Mirallas.
Injured: Pienaar, Hibbert, Browning, Oviedo, McCarthy.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

aguero Aguero this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
12 (1) 891 8 3,6 1 1 0 0
lukaku Lukaku this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
20 1765 15 3,5 5 3 2 0

So far this season

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Manchester City this season Everton this season
3 League Position 11
8 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (3)
6-1 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 6-2 vs. Sunderland
0 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (5)
2 (3) (at home) Losses (away) 4 (1)
1-4 to Liverpool and Tottenham Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Manchester United
Aguero (8) Top scorer Lukaku (15)
De Bruyne (8) Assist Leader Deulofeu, Barkley (7)
Y36, R0 Discipline Y29, R2
4 Failures to score 4
8 Clean Sheets 5
11 Both Teams to Score Games 13
13 Over 2.5 Games 11
7 Under 2.5 Games 9
  • The last Manchester City defeat at home was on 21st November 2015, when The Citizens lost to Liverpool 1-4. That’s the biggest City loss of the season.
  • Everton haven’t lost away from home since their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium on 24th October 2015. That’s Everton’s only away Premiership loss of the season.
  • Manchester City have a big advantage against Everton at home. The Citizens have won 44 of 80 matches in Manchester. The Toffees have won only 18 matches.
  • The last Everton away victory against Manchester City was 5 years ago, when The Toffees won 2-1. Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines scored for Everton.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
23/08/15 The Premier League Everton 0-2 Man City Kolarov 60′
10/01/15 The Premier League Everton 1-1 Man City Fernandinho 74′
06/12/14 The Premier League Man City 1-0 Everton Y. Touré (PG) 24′
03/05/14 The Premier League Everton 2-3 Man City R. Barkley 11′
05/10/13 The Premier League Man City 3-1 Everton Lukaku 16′