League leaders entertain Toffees at the Etihad Stadium.
Man City are the last team in the top tier to have avoided defeat but Roberto Mancini’s side do not sit atop of the Premier League due to his side’s inability to convert chances to win more matches and a home encounter with Everton must surely be one that the Italian expects to see his side win.
Everton have hit a patch of poor form after a great start to the season and indifferent away form could mean this trip to the title holders could be a tricky one, especially if full-back Leighton Baines does not recover from a hamstring problem.
Venue Etihad Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Last season Man City 2 Everton 0
Referee L Probert
This season’s matches 9 Y26, R1, 3.00 cards per game
Odds Man City 8-15 Everton 11-2 Draw 11-4
Subs from Pantilimon, Wright, Zabaleta, García, K Touré, Razak, Sinclair, Tchuimeni-Nimely, Dzeko, Lescott
Doubtful None Injured Clichy (ankle, 8 Dec), Rodwell (groin, 15 Dec), Milner (hamstring, 22 Dec), Richards (knee, 22 Dec), Guidetti (leg, unknown)
Form guide WDWWDW
Disciplinary record Y15 R1
Leading scorer Dzeko, Tevez 6
Subs from Mucha, Heitinga, Barkley, Francisco, Gueye, Vellios, Duffy, McAleny, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger
Doubtful Baines (hamstring)
Injured Mirallas (hamstring, 8 Dec), Coleman (knock, 8 Dec), Anichebe (hamstring, 8 Dec), P Neville (knee, Jan)
Form guide DDLWDD
Disciplinary record Y26 R1
Leading scorers Fellaini 7
Everton have won eight of the past 10 Premier League matches between the two clubs. City have won two.
In 15 Premier League matches between the two clubs at City’s home ground, be it Maine Road or the City of Manchester Stadium, there has never been a draw.
This will be the 159th league fixture between the teams. Manchester City have won 59, Everton 60, with 39 draws.
Have scored more goals from outside the box (five) than any other team in the Premier League this season.
They have also had 142 attempts on target in the Premier League this season, more than any other team.
Are the first team in Premier League history to avoid defeat in their opening 14 games for two seasons in succession, though they have six points fewer (32) than they had at the same stage last season (38).
Against Wigan, Mario Balotelli scored his first goal of the Premier League season with his 30th shot. No other player had as many without scoring.
Have only managed one win from their last eight Premier League matches, six of which were draws.
The Toffees have committed 181 fouls in the Premier League this season, the equal-most alongside Stoke City.
Leighton Baines has created more chances for team-mates (53) than any other Premier League player this season.
The club are unbeaten their last three Premier League matches against Manchester opposition, winning twice without conceding a goal. They drew 4-4 in their last Premier League visit to the city of Manchester – at United on April 22.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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