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September 24, 2011 12:45 PM BST
Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 47293‎
89′ James Milner

Manchester City - Everton Preview: Roberto Mancini's men hoping to bounce back from shock draw at Fulham last week

Both sides are on good streaks, but with the Toffees having faced a testing 120 minutes in midweek, will they have the legs to deal with their fresh-faced opponents?

By Joe Doyle



Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Barry, Toure Yaya
Silva, Aguero, Nasri

Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Coleman, Fellaini, Barkley, Drenthe

Manchester City look set to return to the same lineup that drew against Fulham last Sunday after their midweek defeat of Birmingham in the League Cup, despite Owen Hargreaves' impressive debut.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Mancini, but the midfield pairing of James Milner and Nigel de Jong are set to miss out again with a concussion and a foot injury respectively, which last week led to Mancini claiming that he did not have enough options.

For Everton, Victor Anichebe is the only player missing with a long-term groin injury, while manager David Moyes can look to a strong set of deadline-day loan signings to bolster his team.

The form of youngster Ross Barkley is reportedly attracting the interest of Chelsea and Manchester United already, and it looks likely that the 17-year-old will play on Saturday.

  • Both sides have conceded on average a goal per game this season, but Manchester City have scored an impressive 17 to Everton's six.
  • Manchester City boast three of the top four scorers in the Premier League on their books, with Sergio Aguero on eight goals and Edin Dzeko (pictured right) six, while Emmanuel Adebayor, currently on loan at Tottenham, has three.
  • Until last week's draw against Fulham, Manchester City were on a seven-match winning streak.
  • Everton hold an impressive record against the hosts, having won seven of the previous eight meetings between the two sides.
  • Before last weekend's 2-2 at Fulham, the last time Manchester City drew a game was in February.

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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
6Joleon LescottDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
2Micah RichardsDefender
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
10Edin DzekoStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
15Stefan SavicDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
45Mario BalotelliStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
15Sylvain DistinDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
2Tony HibbertDefender
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
18Phil NevilleDefender
17Jack RodwellMidfielder
23Seamus ColemanDefender
17Tim CahillMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
4John HeitingaDefender
10Royston DrentheMidfielder
-Diniyar BilyaletdinovMidfielder
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
8Louis SahaStriker
Players to Watch
David Silva
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
24 7 5 0
While Sergio Aguero has been in outstanding form for Manchester City this season, it is the Spanish midfielder who has arguably been the most influential player for the team, contributing three assists and becoming a key figure in dictating the tempo of City's attacks and counterattacks.
Leighton Baines
Leighton Baines
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
29 5 6 0
The left-back was one of three Everton players to have not missed a minute in the league last season, while his crossing in advanced positions and quality from set-pieces can worry any defence, regardless of their prestige.
While Everton are dangerous opponents and have an enviable record against Manchester City, everything points towards a home win. City's threat in attack should be far too much for their opponents' defence to deal with, as Roberto Mancini can choose from a wealth of options up front.
Editor's Prediction
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Manchester United
15 2