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  • January 31, 2012
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  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
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Premier League Preview: Everton - Manchester City

Mancini's men will be out to put their League Cup disappointment behind them, while David Moyes' side will be hoping to record their first home league win since before Christmas

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
EVERTON

Howard
Neville, Heitinga, Duffy, Baines
Rodwell, Fellaini
Drenthe, Cahill, Donovan
Saha
MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Milner, Barry
Silva, Aguero, Nasri
Dzeko
David Moyes will again be unable to call upon first choice centre-back pairing Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka due to injury. Shane Duffy, 20, looks set to deputise alongside Johnny Heitinga.

Jack Rodwell could make a return to the side after recovering from a hamstring injury picked up in the defeat to Bolton, although if not, expect Darron Gibson to retain his place in central midfield.

City welcome back captain Vincent Kompany following his four game suspension for a two-footed challenge on Nani in the Manchester derby.

They will, however, be without the suspended Mario Balotelli and Kolo and Yaya Toure, who are still away at the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • The last time these two sides met it was Roberto Mancini’s men who came out on top courtesy of a Mario Balotelli strike and a late James Milner effort.
  • Everton did, however, take all three points in the last meeting at Goodison Park, with Leon Osman grabbing the headlines after Sylvain Distin had cancelled out Yaya Toure’s opener.
  • Since Christmas Roberto Mancini’s side have won just three games in all competitions, being dumped out of both domestic Cup competitions in the process.
  • The Toffees have won just three of their 11 home games in the league this season, less than the four victories they have managed on the road.
  • Only city rivals United have taken more points away from home than Manchester City this season.
  • Since Sheikh Mansour arrived in Manchester in 2008, Everton have won five of their seven meetings with the Merseyside outfit.
  • David Moyes’ men have taken just two points from their last four league games.
  • Tim Cahill’s goal in Everton’s last Premier League outing against Blackburn was the Australian’s first for over a year.
  • Manchester City’s David Silva (right) has by far and away the most assists to his name in the Premier League this season, with 12.
  • Manchester City’s three goals against Tottenham took their league total to 60 goals, the same amount they managed in the whole of last season after just 22 games
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Available Squads
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
4Darron Gibson Midfielder
10Royston DrentheMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
18Phil NevilleDefender
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
10Landon DonovanStriker
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
34Shane DuffyDefender
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
-Adam John ForshawMidfielder
19Magaye GueyeStriker
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
37Jose BaxterStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
10Edin DzekoStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
62Abdul RazakMidfielder
Players to Watch
Royston Drenthe
Royston Drenthe
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The on-loan Real Madrid midfielder has yet to really light up the Premier League with his undoubted talent. He has, however, showed flashes of the quality which has seen him capped by World Cup finalists Netherlands 24 times.

The 24-year-old’s pace and brawn should make for an exciting dual with the similarly athletic Micah Richards.

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

The Blues’ standout performer this season already has 12 assists to his name in 22 games. The Spaniard’s trickery and pace will be sure to test the inexperienced Shane Duffy.

With Samir Nasri yet to really have the desired effect at the club, Silva will have to be at his best if City are to continue their push towards the Premier League crown.

Prediction
Neither side goes into the game in great form, with the home team looking anxiously over their shoulder as they sit precariously about the drop zone. David Moyes’ men tend to come out on top when the two sides meet, but a much transformed City side should have enough to take all three points from Goodison Park.
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