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  • 1 December 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 47386
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Manchester City - Everton Preview: Toffees looking for sixth win in seven against champions

David Moyes will be sweating over the fitness of Leighton Baines after he damaged his hamstring against Arsenal, as Roberto Mancini's men hope to extend their impressive home form

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Zabaleta, Nastasic, Kompany, Kolarov
Nasri, Garcia, Y Toure, Silva
Dzeko, Aguero
EVERTON

Howard
Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin
Naismith, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar
Fellaini
Jelavic

Gael Clichy (foot) will sit out the visit of Everton and joins Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Micah Richards (knee) on the treatment table, while James Milner (hamstring), who scored in the 2-0 win over Wigan, is a doubt.

Mario Balotelli, the other goalscorer on Wednesday, will most likely make way for top goalscorer Edin Dzeko, while Joleon Lescott will be hoping to be handed a start against his former side.

Everton's injury woes continue to mount, with Leighton Baines (hamstring) and Nikica Jelavic (illness) both doubts for the tie despite coming through the 1-1 draw with Arsenal, but the latter is expected to be passed fit.

Elsewhere, Seamus Coleman (knock), Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) and Victor Anchebe (knock) all face late fitness tests ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium, with David Moyes hopeful on all three. Phil Neville (knee) is not expected back until the New Year after undergoing surgery.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester City are the first team in Premier League history to avoid defeat in their opening 14 games for two seasons on the trot.
  • The hosts have won 29 of their last 31 home matches in the Premier League.
  • City have scored more goals from outside the box than any other team in England's top flight this season.
  • The hosts have scored at least two goals in 23 of their last 27 home league games.
  • Everton have hit the woodwork more often than any other team in the top flight this season.
  • The away side have won five of their last six games against City.
  • The Toffees have had more shots on target than any other team in the Premier League.
  • Marouane Fellaini (pictured, right) has been involved in eight goals (five goals, three assists) in his last eight Premier League appearances.
  • The last time City tasted defeat at home in the Premier League was against Everton in December 2010.

Players to watch

S. Nasri

Position: Midfielder

Games: 4

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The Frenchman has largely failed to live up to his £25 million fee since moving from Arsenal last season, but will be desperate to kick-start his campaign after a hamstring injury, and increasing competition for places, has limited his first-team exposure.

N. Jelavić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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  • 0
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The striker has not hit the form which saw him notch nine goals in 13 Premier League outings since his January move last season, with just five to show in the same period this term. However, the Croatian will be keen to test his ability for the first time against Manchester City after joining the club the last time Everton played the champions - winning 1-0.

Editor's Prediction

Everton have failed to live up to their blistering start with six stalemates in their last eight league games, showing an inability to finish teams off.

City, meanwhile, while boasting a points tally of six fewer than after 14 games last season, remain unbeaten and have dropped just two points at home this season, but come again a side which has beaten them five times out of the last six games in all competitions. Another draw seems likely here.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Manchester City

Everton

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Manchester City FC MNC
Manchester City FC Manchester City
Draw
Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
59%
30%

Top 3 Predictions

Manchester City FC MNC
2 - 0
Everton FC EVE
Manchester City FC MNC
1 - 2
Everton FC EVE
Manchester City FC MNC
3 - 1
Everton FC EVE

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