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  • March 16, 2013
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  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
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Everton-Manchester City Preview: Toffees hope to continue fine home record against champions

Everton-Manchester City Preview: Toffees hope to continue fine home record against champions

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The hosts have won their last three games against the Blues at Goodison Park but come into this match on the back of a 3-0 FA Cup loss to Wigan and desperate to regain their form

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON
Everton
Mucha
Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines

Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Pienaar
Mirallas, Jelavic

MANCHESTER CITY
  Manchester City
Hart
Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy

Garcia, Barry
Milner, Y Toure, Silva
Tevez


Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard (back) is still unavailable, with Jan Mucha expected to continue to deputise.

Phil Jagielka (ankle) is David Moyes' only other concern as he nears fitness and may make the substitutes' bench for this game. Tony Hibbert remains the Toffees’ only long-term injury absentee after undergoing a calf operation.

For Manchester City, Sergio Aguero (knee) and Vincent Kompany (calf) have had recent injury problems but are in with a chance of featuring.

Both Micah Richards (knee) and Jack Rodwell (hamstring) remain sidelined, but may make a return before the end of the month. However, beyond these concerns, manager Roberto Mancini has no new worries ahead of this game.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Everton have won just two of their last seven games in all competitions, including their 3-0 FA Cup quarter-final loss to Wigan last time out.
  • The Toffees have won their last three games at home to Roberto Mancini's side.
  • Manchester City have won their last four games in all competitions, including twice in the FA Cup, since their embarrassing defeat away to Southampton in early February.
  • Joleon Lescott spent four years at Goodison Park but left for £24 million in 2009 to join the current Premier League champions.
  • In their last four games, despite missing defensive lnchpin Vincent Kompany through injury, City have not conceded a single goal.
  • The side's previous meeting this term ended in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium after Marouane Fellaini’s goal was cancelled out by a Carlos Tevez penalty.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
3Leighton BainesDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
15Sylvain Distin Defender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
4Darron Gibson Midfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
11Kevin MirallasStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
42Mason SpringthorpeGoalkeeper
8Bryan OviedoMidfielder
34Shane DuffyDefender
-Phil NevilleMidfielder
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
14Steven NaismithStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
26Javi GarcíaMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
10Edin DzekoStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
62Abdul RazakMidfielder
-Marcos LopesMidfielder
Players to Watch
Nikica Jelavic
Nikica Jelavic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 1 0
If the Toffees are to be successful in this game, they will need Nikica Jelavic to rediscover his goalscoring form after something of a barren season. The Croatia international has scored just six times in the Premier League this term, but always presents a threat to opposition defences with his direct running and superb finishing abilities.
David Silva
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 1 0
The Spanish star should once again be the focal point of City's attacking play from either the left of midfield or in an advanced central role. Silva has the potential to turn games with moments of brilliance and will be hoping he can energise his team-mates as they continue their unlikely pursuit of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League.
Prediction
Everton had a terrible game last time out against Wigan and will be hoping to rectify that in front of their home fans, while their recent record against Manchester City will give them great cause for hope. However, the champions should have too much for their opponents in the final third and will be hopeful of another win to keep their faint title hopes alive.
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