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?
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.
||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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