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  • 7 May 2011
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Everton - Manchester City Preview: David Moyes' men looking to make it seven wins out of eight against their Champions League chasing visitors

Everton - Manchester City Preview: David Moyes' men looking to make it seven wins out of eight against their Champions League chasing visitors

Roberto Mancini's side are on the brink of Champions League football, and will be looking to overcome a Toffees side against whom they have a terrible record in recent years



PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Everton (4-4-1-1): Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Osman, Neville, Rodwell, Arteta; Cahill; Beckford.

Little has changed on the injury front for Everton following last week's disappointing 1-1 draw away to Wigan Athletic, though David Moyes may be tempted to replace Victor Anichebe with Jermaine Beckford having seen the Nigerian international disappoint at the DW Stadium.

Marouane Fellaini and Louis Saha (both ankle) are certainties to miss out through injury and it may just be too soon for John Heitinga, who is looking to overcome hamstring trouble.

Manchester City (4-3-3): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov; De Jong, Barry, Toure; Johnson, Balotelli, Silva.

The visitors are likely to continue with the same team that has seen an upsurge in form at Eastlands in recent weeks, as they look to continue their recent performances without their sidelined talisman Carlos Tevez (hamstring).

Germany international Jerome Boateng (knee) is still out with injury, as is Micah Richards (hamstring) who is unlikely to feature again this season.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Everton have picked up six wins in their last seven Premier League games against these opponents.
  • David Moyes' side have scored in all but two of their last 14 games against the Eastlands outfit.
  • The Toffees have only let in five goals in the last 15 minutes of their games in the league this season.
  • This fixture has only yielded one draw in the league since 2003.
  • Manchester City have the joint highest amount of clean sheets in the league this season with 15, and have played a game less than fellow leaders Manchester United and Chelsea.
  • A win for City at Goodison Park would leave both sides having beaten the other 63 times in all competitions.
  • The visitors have the worst disciplinary record in the Premier League, having picked up 70 yellow cards and five red cards.
  • Roberto Mancini's men have only picked up four points from a possible 18 in their last six away fixtures in the Premier League.
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Available Squads
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
6Phil JagielkaDefender
2Tony HibbertDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
18Phil NevilleDefender
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
17Jack RodwellMidfielder
28Victor AnichebeStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
23Seamus ColemanDefender
7Diniyar BilyaletdinovMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
9Jermaine BeckfordStriker
19Magaye GueyeStriker
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
-Patrick VieiraMidfielder
7James MilnerMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
21David SilvaStriker
10Edin DzekoStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
38D. BoyataDefender
23Ryan McGivernDefender
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
7Striker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
Players to Watch
Leighton Baines
Leighton Baines
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
For a season that has offered infuriating inconsistency for Evertonians, one constant has been Leighton Baines.

The full-back, just as adept at ploughing down the left wing as he is stopping his opponents doing the same down the right, is likely to come up against Pablo Zabaleta - arguably the weakest cog in the Mancini machine.

If the former Wigan man can beat the Argentine early, then the collapse could soon follow. Using him as an outlet from a congested midfield may just be the way of breaking down the visitors and finding the back of the net.

David Silva
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

A man worthy of Champions League football, of that there can be no doubt.

The former Valencia man has been sumptuous since moving to City, adapting to the physicality of the English game without pausing for exasperated breath.

One would think that he will be tracked mercilessly by the in-form Phil Neville. But the former England man has got a herculean task ahead if he is to suppress Silva, whose creativity on the ball and movement off it could well prove to be the difference in what looks set to be a tight affair.

Prediction

With little to play for having cosolidated their usual position in the top half of the Premier League for yet another season, Everton fans will be fearful of complacency as they face a Manchester City side who are on the brink of Champions League football.

The visitors are under little pressure from those below them, but will be looking to get the job done as soon as possible in order to switch their focus on to the FA Cup final against Stoke City.

City have enough experience throughout their side to dispose of Everton to all but reach the promised land of the top four.

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