PREVIEW: Everton vs City

Saturday 16th March 2013 | Goodison Park | Kick off 12.45pm

Tickets: Adult tickets are available from – £36.00. Call the Box Office on 0871 663 1878

Last Season: Everton 1-0 City

Match Officials: Referee: Lee Probert. Assistant Referees; A Halliday, R Ganfield. Fourth Official: M Atkinson.

Team News

EVERTON – Everton will be without first-choice goalkeeper Tim Howard (back) so Jan Mucha will again start. Phil Jagielka (ankle) is also unavailable.

CITY – Sergio Aguero (knee) and Vincent Kompany, who has been sidelined for the club’s last seven matches with a calf problem, are both doubts. Jack Rodwell misses out with a hamstring injury.

Stats

  • City’s only win in their last seven Premier League games against Everton came in September 2011, when Mario Balotelli and James Milner scored in a 2-0 home victory.
  • Everton have won each of their last three home matches against City. It’s 92 years since they last won four successive home matches in this fixture.
  • City have shut out the opposition in six of their last eight league matches, and kept a league-high 13 clean sheets in 28 games this season.
  • City have only dropped four points from winning positions this season, winning 14 games and drawing two. It’s the equal-best record in the Premier League alongside Manchester United and Arsenal.
  • City’s only defeat in 13 meetings against top-half opposition came in December’s Manchester derby against United (W7, D5, L1).
  • Everton’s FA Cup defeat by Wigan last weekend was only their second home defeat in 17 matches in all competitions this season. Their other defeat came against Chelsea in December.
  • Everton have only failed to score in four of their 28 league games this campaign; however, three of those have come in the last seven matches.
  • Everton side have conceded more headed goals (14) in the Premier League this season than any other club.
  • Everton have drawn 12 of their league games, a joint-league high with Stoke and Norwich.

Stats courtesy of BBC.

Press Conference

Roberto Mancini outlined the difficulty of playing Everton in his pre-match press conference. See what he had to say in the below video:

Fixtures

All kick-off times 3pm unless stated.

Saturday

Aston Villa v QPR

Southampton v Liverpool

Stoke v West Brom

Swansea v Arsenal

Man Utd v Reading (5.30pm)

Sunday

Sunderland v Norwich (1.30pm)

Tottenham v Fulham

Chelsea v West Ham (4pm)

Wigan v Newcastle (4pm)

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