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Thursday 18 September K.O. 20:05



Goodison Park | 16th March 2013 12:45

Everton v Manchester City

Team News (new)

David Moyes is likely to be without Phil Jagielka (ankle), Tim Howard (back) and Tony Hibbert (calf) as the Blues welcome the current Premier League champions to Goodison Park. Slovakian goalkeeper Jan Mucha will therefore don the gloves once more to make his third successive start.

Meanwhile, for City, Argentine striker Sergio Aguero could make his return from a knee injury in time for Saturday's game, but former Blue Jack Rodwell (hamstring) is set to miss out on a Goodison reunion. Defenders Maicon and Micah Richards (both knee) are also unlikely to feature, but captain Vincent Kompany (calf) could prove his fitness in time. Carlos Tevez hit a hat-trick against Barnsley at the weekend, but assistant boss David Platt later revealed that the forward had been withdrawn with tight hamstrings.

Form (new)
Last outing: Everton 0-3 Wigan, Saturday 9 March
Last six: LDLWWL

The Blues will be looking for an immediate response following Saturday's FA Cup exit at the hands of Wigan. Successive home victories against Oldham and Reading prior to the Latics' visit should give Everton confidence at Goodison, where there has been just one league defeat all season. In addition, the Blues have won six and lost just one of the last eight contests with City on home soil.

Manchester City
Last outing: Manchester City 5-0 Barnsley, Saturday 9 March
Last six: DLWWWW

Recording a five-goal thumping of Championship strugglers Barnsley in the FA Cup last weekend, Roberto Mancini's side appear to be finding their goalscoring touch of last season - but face a race against time to haul back the 12-point lead neighbours United have racked up at the top of the table. With four consecutive clean sheets in all competitions and 12 goals scored in those games, the Citizens' focus will be on avoiding another defeat against their undoubted 'bogey team'.

Match Stats (new)
1) Two Everton goals on Saturday would take our tally to 600 at home in the Premier League.

2) If he is named in the XI, Leon Osman will make his 300th start for Everton in all competitions.

3) Nikica Jelavic could feature in his 50th Everton game, having made 42 starts and seven substitute appearances.

Classic Match (new)
Everton 2-1 Manchester City, 7 May 2011.
A rare goal from Sylvain Distin helped Everton come from behind to take all three points against Manchester City at Goodison Park two seasons ago. The Frenchman’s delight was clear for all to see as he headed the Blues level 10 minutes into the second half after his former club had taken a deserved lead through Yaya Toure’s 28th-minute strike. Distin’s goal sparked a sense of belief around Goodison and the turnaround was complete seven minutes later. Despite the sizeable height difference, Leon Osman towered above Vincent Kompany to head Everton in front – a lead that David Moyes’ side comfortably held onto for the final 20 minutes.

Last Meeting (new)
Manchester City 1-1 Everton, 1 December 2012.
Everton extended their impressive record at the Etihad Stadium as they battled to a deserved draw against champions Manchester City last December.  And it took a questionable penalty, converted by Carlos Tevez, to cancel out Marouane Fellaini's opener and earn the hosts - unbeaten in their previous 36 matches at home - a share of the spoils. The Belgian used his thigh to divert the ball past Joe Hart on 33 minutes but he was punished for a foul on Edin Dzeko 10 minutes later, allowing the cool-headed Tevez to level from the spot.

On 16 March 1977, Everton drew 1-1 with Aston Villa in the League Cup Final replay. Roger Kenyon scored an own-goal and Bob Latchford scored for Everton in front of 55,000 fans at Hillsborough.

This match was the second time the two sides had drawn in the final which meant that the game went to a third tie for the very first time. Unfortunately the Blues lost the next replay 2-3 at Old Trafford.

On 16 March 1991, Everton recorded a 4-3 away win at Southampton.

The high-scoring match was witnessed by 15,410 fans at the Dell, where Tony Cottee, Mike Milligan, Mike Newell and Dave Watson scored the Blues' goals.

Club Connections
With less than 40 miles separating the two north-west clubs, it perhaps isn't surprising that a sizable list of players have donned the Blue for both Everton and Manchester City. Here are just a few...

Joe Mercer won the FA Cup with the Toffees in 1932 before lifting the league title in 1938/39. After his playing career, he turned his hand to management, guiding City to four major trophies in three years.

Legendary Everton midfielder and manager Howard Kendall also graced the Maine Road dugout during a 10-month spell, but was soon back in charge of his beloved Everton to help steer us well clear of relegation in 1990.

Left-back Andy Hinchcliffe enjoyed eight seasons at Goodison following a switch from the Citizens, and was part of the Blues' 1995 FA Cup-winning squad.

Match Officials
Referee: Mr L Probert
Assistant referee: Mr A Halliday
Assistant referee: Mr A Ganfield
Fourth official: Mr M Atkinson

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