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

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.

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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
13MaiconDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
26Javi GarcíaMidfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain Distin Defender
4Darron Gibson Midfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
14Steven NaismithStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
5John HeitingaDefender
8Bryan OviedoMidfielder
10Thomas HitzlspergerMidfielder
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
19Magaye GueyeStriker
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
Players to Watch
Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
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.
Nikica Jelavic
Nikica Jelavic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 1 0
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.
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.
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