PREVIEW: Manchester City vs Everton

Saturday 5 October 2013 | Etihad Stadium | Kick-off 12:45

Tickets: Sold Out.

Last Season: City 1-1 Everton

Match Officials: Referee: Jonathan Moss. Assistants: J Brooks, L Betts. Fourth Official: M Atkinson.

Team News:

CITY: David Silva is back after coming through his cameo appearance on Wednesday night unscathed. Jack Rodwell returned to training on Thursday but won’t be considered for this match, and Stevan Jovetic is still out. Long-term absentee Martin Demichelis is still sidelined.

Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, Richards, Zabaleta, Garcia, Fernandinho, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko, Guidetti, Jovetic, Negredo, Nimely.

EVERTON: Gareth Barry cannot play against his parent club due the terms of his loan agreement. Darron Gibson (knee) and Kevin Mirallas (ankle) have knocks but are expected to play. Steven Pienaar will likely miss the match.

Everton (from): Howard, Robles, Springthorpe, Baines, Coleman, Distin, Duffy, Heitinga, Hibbert, Jagielka, Oviedo, Stones, Barkley, Gibson, McCarthy, Osman, Pienaar, Deulofeu, Gueye, Jelavic, Kone, Lukaku, Mirallas, Naismith, Vellios.

Stats:

City have scored eight goals from crosses in the Premier League this season, twice as many as the next best side.

City have won just two of their last 12 Premier League meetings with Everton.

If Manuel Pellegrini selects Costel Pantilimon vs Everton, it will halt Joe Hart’s record of 120 consecutive PL starts for City.

This weekend’s game against Everton will be City’s 250th competitive match at the Etihad Stadium.

Victory would give Everton four Premier League wins in a row – a feat they last managed between February and March 2008. That sequence included a 2-0 victory at Manchester City.

The Toffees are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League. However, they are one point and two places worse off than at this stage last season.

Romelu Lukaku has scored six goals in his last five Premier League appearances. He has only played 220 minutes overall in that period, so averages a goal every 37 minutes.

Stats courtesy of Stat City & BBC Football

Press Conference:

After two successive defeats, City boss Manuel Pellegrini was under scrutiny as he faced the press at City’s Carrington training centre. He was inevitably asked about Joe Hart’s form, telling reporters Hart still had his backing.

He said:

Of course he feels that he didn’t do very well (against Bayern Munich), but I think he doesn’t have any problem. He is continuing with the team, and with our trust we hope he will recover from the game.

Typical City’s Build-up:

Don’t forget to read our Preview in Quotes piece which gathers quotes from Pellegrini, Milner, Martinez and Lukaku.

Fixtures:

Saturday (all games kick off at 3pm unless otherwise stated)

Manchester City vs Everton (12:45)

Cardiff vs Newcastle

Fulham vs Stoke

Hull vs Aston Villa

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Sunderland vs Manchester United (17:30)

Sunday

Norwich vs Chelsea (13:30)

Southampton vs Swansea (13:30)

Tottenham vs West Ham (16:00)

West Brom vs Arsenal (16:00)

Compiled by Rob Pollard

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