PREVIEW: Manchester City vs Everton

Manchester City will be aiming to get back to winning ways when Everton visit the Etihad Stadium at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

The 2-0 defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur before the international break is City’s only one of the season so far but it meant their lead at the top of the Premier League table was cut to just a solitary point after seven matches and Pep Guardiola will be keen to avoid another slip-up so soon after the last one.

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After making a solid start to the season, the Toffees are without a win in their last three matches in all competitions and could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace last time out.

The last time the two sides met in the Premier League, City were held to a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium and denied what appeared to be a clear penalty in injury time by referee Roger East.

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For many years during David Moyes’ era as manager, Everton were considered something of a bogey team to City at home and away but as this infographic courtesy of Premier League stats aficionados KickOff illustrates, that record has improved somewhat in recent seasons.

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City will have Nolito available for selection again following his suspension and Kevin De Bruyne could also be in line for an early return from the hamstring injury sustained away at Swansea City.

Everton are likely to be without Aaron Lennon and possibly James McCarthy for the trip to Manchester, but they are boosted by the news that Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jagielka are fit and available for selection.

City’s home record over the last six matches is very encouraging, while Everton’s away record during the same period leaves a lot to be desired.

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Both sides have won more of their last 10 matches than they’ve lost, meaning this is likely to be a hard fought contest between two very strong teams.

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Predicted City line-up:

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Player to watch: John Stones

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England’s most expensive defender is set to face his former club for the first time since making the switch to the Etihad Stadium and will no doubt be keen to once again prove that his new employers were right to spend so much money on him in the summer. However, he’s likely to have a busy afternoon coming up against the likes of Romelu Lukaku and his old supporters might fancy their team’s chances of scoring against the player they have spitefully dubbed ‘The Myth’ since his departure from Goodison Park.

Prediction: Manchester City 1-0 Everton

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