Man City v Everton
Everton's excellent recent record against Manchester City – they have won five of the last six meetings – has brought them level with the Citizens in the all time head-to-head with 62 wins a piece. There have been 42 draws.
Manchester City have taken 15 points from eight home games this season, but amazingly they are the division's joint-lowest scores at home. The Citizens have mustered just eight goals at home, but have only conceded five. That puts them level with Wolves and Wigan and 17 short of the division’s top home scorers, Manchester United.
Another pattern that is emerging from the season so far is Everton’s propensity to score in the final five minutes of either half. Eight of the Blues 18 goals have come either between 40-45 minutes and 85-90 minutes.
THEM & US
A host of players have represented both Everton and Manchester City during their careers, and below is a team of players to have donned both shades of blue.
Bobby Mimms takes keeping duties, with a meaty back three of Richard Dunne, current Blue Sylvain Distin and Joleon Lescott. Paul Power gets the nod at left wing back with Earl Barrett patrolling the right hand side.
Legend Peter Reid is the mainstay of the midfield alongside utility man Alan Harper and Gary Megson.
Adrian Heath gets the nod up front with the explosive talent of Andrei Kanchelskis afforded a free role in behind.
Obviously there are many others to have played for both clubs so please use the comments section to suggest other players or put forward your own teams.
Everton completed an excellent double over Manchester City last season with a 2-0 win at Eastlands in March.
Tim Cahill gave the Blues a first half lead when he headed in a Leighton Baines cross just after the half hour.
With five minutes to play Everton doubled their advantage when Mikel Arteta finished off some good work by Jack Rodwell with a controlled side foot finish to make sure of the points late on.
Everton's recent form at the City of Manchester Stadium has been impressive with the Blues winning all of their last three visits to Manchester.
A fourth consecutive win on that ground would give Everton their first league victory since October 30, when they beat Stoke 1-0.
City's 3-1 victory over West Ham last week briefly moved them joint top of the Premier League, and Roberto Mancini's side are unbeaten in six since losing to relegation-threatened Wolves in October.
Everton will still be without Mikel Arteta who serves the final game of his three match suspension after his red card against West Brom.
As ever Manchester City's huge strength in depth provides Roberto Mancini with selection issues of the right type.
England internationals Adam Johnson, James Milner and Joleon Lescott all started the win over West Ham on the bench but Mancini may look to rotate his squad over the festive period.
Carlos Tevez and Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov both missed the last game with suspension but are back to face Everton.
Highly-rated Spanish winger David Silva was just one of a host of big names to join big spending Manchester City during the summer transfer window, but it took him a little while to settle into life at Eastlands.
Silva has started every game for City since scoring his first Premier League goal in the 3-2 win over Blackpool in October.
Transfer request or not, Carlos Tevez remains a huge threat to Everton on Monday – the Argentine international has already scored 10 Premier League goals this season, including the winner against Premier League Champions Chelsea in September.
But despite the striker's prolific stats in the Premier League, the former Boca Juniors striker has never scored against Everton.