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Head-To-Head: Man City

Blues legend Graeme Sharp assesses this weekend's key battles.

Head-To-Head: Man City
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Everton head down the M62 on Saturday lunchtime looking to protect their record as the Premier League's only unbeaten side.

It will be a tough ask against a Manchester City outfit who are not only tipped as serious title contenders but licking their wounds following Wednesday's Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

The Citizens will also be looking to eradicate the memories of a 3-2 reverse at Aston Villa last weekend and produce more of the form that saw them swagger to a stunning 4-1 triumph in the Manchester derby six days earlier.

Ahead of this weekend's meeting, Everton legend Graeme Sharp assesses the key battles that could affect the outcome at the Etihad…

IN THE BOX

Romelu Lukaku v Vincent Kompany

Sharpy says: Romelu Lukaku's start to life at Goodison Park has been awesome, to say the least. He's a real handful - but on Saturday he's up against one of the best centre-backs in the league. They're international teammates as well, so that makes the battle between them that little bit more interesting, and, personally, I can't wait to see how it unfolds. I've been most impressed by Romelu's ability to hold up the ball because he gives us a focal point in attack. His strength means he can bring others into play and that's something we've perhaps missed in the past.

DOWN THE WING

Kevin Mirallas v Aleksandar Kolarov

Sharpy says: Roberto Martinez will be desperate for Kevin Mirallas to shake off his little knock and the stats show why. More than that, you could see in his last two games that he's starting to get back to his best. He's quick going through the gears and he will be a threat to Kolarov with his direct running. Kolarov likes to get forward and Mirallas can exploit that on the counter because it won't be a surprise to see City having a lot of the ball.

AND ON THE OTHER SIDE

Seamus Coleman v Samir Nasri

Sharpy says: For me, Seamus Coleman has been outstanding so far this season. I made him my Man of the Match against Newcastle on Monday. He did really well against a tricky customer in Hatem Ben Arfa and now he's going to find himself up against another. Nasri is a good footballer but Seamus has improved defensively this season and he's always going to offer that threat going forward. It's a tough test but Seamus is in the right kind of form to handle it.

michael Jack petersonColman has picked up where he left off last season,has matured in the pros & cons of his game. Never thought two seasons ago he would end up;one of our star players. COYB

Thursday 3rd October 17:36 Report Comment
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