Everton 1 Man City 0
Everton's injury list remains largely unchanged after the FA Cup fourth round tie with Fulham. Phil Jagielka (knee), Leon Osman (knee), Seamus Coleman (thigh), Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Sylvain Distin (hamstring) are yet to return. Ross Barkley got another game for the Club’s Under-18s at the weekend as he steps up his return from a knee injury.
Manchester City welcome back Vincent Kompany after the Belgian defender served his four-game ban. Mario Balotelli continues to serve his own suspension however and misses the fixture. Yaya and Kolo Toure are both also unavailable due to their participation in the African Cup of Nations.
1) Everton have won seven and lost just two of the last nine meetings with City.
2) David Silva currently heads the table for most assists in the league this season with 12, four ahead of any other player.
3) Landon Donovan has three assists in his last three games.
4) Everton have allowed the opposition fewer shots on target than any other Premier League side this season with just 78 strikes in 22 games.
5) Man City have won just one of their last five Premier League away games, a 1-0 victory at Wigan.
Everton: WDDLWL. Fulham (h), FA Cup, won 2-1; Blackburn (h), drew 1-1; Aston Villa (a), drew 1-1; Tottenham (a), lost 2-0; Tamworth (h), FA Cup, won 2-0; Bolton (h), lost 2-1.
Man City: DWWLLW. Liverpool (a), Carling Cup, drew 2-2; Tottenham (h), won 3-2; Wigan (a), won 1-0; Liverpool (h), Carling Cup, lost 1-0; Manchester United (h), lost 3-2; Liverpool (h), won 3-0.
Toffees defender John Heitinga: "It’s a home game and in the past we’ve done really well against them. If everyone is fighting until the last minute you always have a chance. They’re not happy playing at Goodison because it’s not easy for an away team. hopefully we can beat them."
City defender Micah Richards on the expected return from suspension of Vincent Kompany: "He has been an unbelievable miss. He is our captain and he and Joleon (Lescott) have been our best central defensive partnership this season. He has played well in the big games and is a leader so it will be amazing to have him back and we can't wait to play with him again."
Man City 2 Everton 0, September 24, 2011: A brave Toffees defence was eventually breached deep into the second half. It took a deflected shot from Mario Balotelli to break the deadlock in the 67th minute before James Milner added a second with two minutes left, ending a run of four wins for Everton at the Citizens' ground.
Everton 2 Man City 2, January 1, 2003: Tomasz Radzinski headed past Peter Schmeichel in injury time to snatch a late draw for the Toffees. Steve Watson opened the scoring after just six minutes before Nicolas Anelka equalised before half-time. A City counter with eight minutes left saw Marc Vivien Foe head beyond Richard Wright, before Radzinski popped up in the 93rd minute to earn a share of the spoils.
With the proximity of Merseyside and Manchester, there have been a good number of players that have worn both Blue shirts. Here's our full XI...
In goal, journeyman stopper Carlo Nash. Paul Power features at left-back, with Alan Harper on the right. A strong central defence of current Toffee Sylvain Distin and Richard Dunne completes the back four.
A dazzling attacking midfield comprised of Russian winger Andrei Kanchelskis on the right and Peter Beagrie on the left. Former City boss Peter Reid plays at the root of a diamond, spearheaded by Geordie maestro Peter Beardsley.
Up top, we expect goals aplenty from Bryan Kidd and Joe Royle, who has the honour of having played for and managed both City and Everton.
The game to finish as a draw @ 3.15 (just better than 2/1)
Over 2.5 goals @ 2.01 (just above evens)
The game to finish 2-2 @ 16.00 (15/1)
Drawn first-half and second-half @ 5.00 (4/1)
Everton to score the last goal @ 2.60 (8/5)