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  • 24 September 2011
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  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
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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?


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Barry, Toure Yaya
Silva, Aguero, Nasri
Dzeko
EVERTON

Howard
Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Coleman, Fellaini, Barkley, Drenthe
Cahill
Saha


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.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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
23Seamus ColemanDefender
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
-Phil NevilleMidfielder
26Jack RodwellMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
5John HeitingaDefender
10Royston DrentheMidfielder
7Diniyar BilyaletdinovMidfielder
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
8Louis SahaStriker
Players to Watch
David Silva
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
4 1 1 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
4 0 1 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.
Prediction
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.
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