Marouane Fellaini is starting to regain form after struggling mid-season. Image courtesy of skysports.com
Since Manchester City joined the ranks of the Premier League’s elite, Everton is one of the few teams to have a winning record against the Sky Blues. Since the start of 2010, the Toffees have won five of the seven clashes between the sides, including a 1-0 win when the teams last met at Goodison Park just over 12 months ago. It was the third straight time City had left the Merseyside ground without a point to show for its effort.
After starting the season in a positive fashion, Everton’s run at a Europa League place has stalled. Back-to-back Premier League losses to Manchester United and Norwich City away from home didn’t help, although Moyes’s side got back on track with a 3-1 dismissal of Reading two weeks ago.
City manager Roberto Mancini may have Sergio Aguero (knee) and skipper Vincent Kompany (calf) available. The duo missed the Citizens’ 5-0 hammering of Barnsley in the FA Cup, which was their fourth straight win in all competitions. Considering defensive linchpin Kompany has been absent, City has remarkably not conceded a goal in all four of those victories.
The Goodison Park faithful have certainly seen plenty of goals this term. Everton has failed to score there just once this season, in a 0-0 draw with Swansea, but they have leaked a goal in 12 of 14 home starts .
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