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Etihad Stadium | 1st December 2012 15:00

Man City v Everton

Team News (new)

David Moyes could be without Leighton Baines after the left-back reported feeling a tightness in his hamstring during Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal. Darron Gibson and Tony Hibbert both returned for the visit of the Gunners but Kevin Mirallas, Victor Anichebe (both hamstring), Seamus Coleman and skipper Phil Neville (knee) all missed the game.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will be hoping to have picked up no fresh knocks during the champions' 2-0 win at Wigan on Wednesday. Defenders Micah Richards (knee) and Gael Clichy both sat out the trip to the DW Stadium, as did former Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring).

 Form (new)

MANCHESTER CITY
Last five: WWDDW
Last outing: 2-0, Wigan Athletic (a), Wednesday 28 November

City had to wait until the second half but stayed second in the table with a ninth league victory of the season at the DW Stadium. Before that Mancini's men held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge but a 1-1 home draw with Real Madrid looks to have ended their hopes of progressing further in the Champions League. Their last league outing at Eastlands ended in a 5-0 rout of Aston Villa.

EVERTON
Last five: DWLDD
Last outing: 1-1, Arsenal (H), Wednesday 28 November

Everton go into the game having lost just one of their last 11 league games, though Wednesday's stalemate with Arsenal was a sixth draw in eight outings. The Blues' last victory was the 2-1 defeat of Sunderland on 10 November.

Match Stats (new)

1) Wednesday's draw with Arsenal was Everton's 600th at home in all competitions. It was also Marouane Fellaini's 150th appearance for the Club.

2)  Leighton Baines needs just one more start to reach 200 in all competitions for the Blues. Sylvain Distin needs one more to reach 100.

3) Everton have won eight of their last 10 meetings with Manchester City, including four of their last five at Eastlands.

Last Meeting (new)

Everton 1-0 Manchester City, 31 January 2012.
Darron Gibson made himself a hero for both his new club and his old one as he hit the only goal of the game just three weeks after arriving at Goodison from Manchester United. The Irishman was teed up by loanee Landon Donovan on the edge of the box with 60 minutes played and a deflection did just enough to take his bullet shot beyond the reach of keeper Joe Hart. The victory, for many, was seen as the turning point of Everton's 2011/12 campaign.

Classic Match (new)

Manchester City 0-2 Everton, 25 February 2008. The Blues kicked off a run of four straight wins at the Etihad Stadium thanks to first-half goals from Nigerian striker Yakubu and future City defender Joleon Lescott. The victory saw David Moyes' men leap up to fourth place in the Barclays Premier League table, six points clear of their opponents.

Flashback

On Wednesday 1 December 1976, Everton stuck three past Manchester United at Old Trafford to ease into the last four of the League Cup. Billy Bingham's Blues took the lead on 33 minutes through midfielder Martin Dobson, before two goals either side of the break from Andy King completed a fine victory over Tommy Docherty's men.

Club Connections

With the close proximity of Merseyside and Manchester, there has been no shortage of men to run out in both the royal blue of Everton and sky blue of City and our full XI starts with journeyman stopper Carlo Nash in goal.

Paul Power features at left-back and Alan Harper on the right, while Richard Dunne and current Toffee Sylvain Distin complete a no-nonsense back four.

A dazzling wing attack boasts Russian winger Andrei Kanchelskis on the right and Peter Beagrie on the left, with the dogged Peter Reid sitting deep as a protector.

Geordie maestro Peter Beardsley spearheads the midfield diamond, the perfect foil for the fearsome strike pairing of Brian Kidd and Joe Royle.

Match Officials

Referee: Mr L Probert
Assistant Referee: Mr A Hallliday
Assistant Referee: R West
Fourth Official: A Taylor

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Betting (new)

Our betting partner, Paddy Power, are offering some great odds on Saturday's game. Here's our pick of the best:

Everton to win: 6/1
Everton to win 2-1: 18/1
Leon Osman to score first: 22/1
Steven Naismith to score first for Everton: 11/2
Everton to score two goals: 4/1

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