MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Manchester City FC are expected to have their hands full again when they take on Everton FC in the Barclays Premier League at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The defending champions remain the only undefeated side in the league this season, but have not been playing on the same level as those records would indicate.
On Saturday Roberto Mancini Manchester City side faces an Everton team, which has won five of its last six Premier League matches against them and has also been in good form in the last three games against Manchester oppositions.
David Moyes’ men defeated Manchester United in the opening game of the season, while his side is unbeaten in their last three Premier League games against opponents from that city.
Everton though, could have problems at the Etihad Stadium, especially with the good run Manchester City have at home.
According to the statisticians, the big spenders are undefeated in their last 36 Barclays Premier League home matches, and have won 33 games, “since the 2-1 defeat to today’s opponents in December 2010.”
Everton have not won in their last four league matches on the road and will be desperate to solve that problem come Saturday.
The return of goalscoring midfielder Marouane Fellaini is a massive boost for Everton, who will certainly need him against City.
Stats Provided by Infostrada Sports
Manchester City (squad): Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Maicon, Nastasic, Kompany, K Toure, Lescott, Kolarov, Silva, Nasri, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Sinclair, Tevez, Balotelli, Aguero, Dzeko.
Everton (squad): Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Hitzlsperger, Duffy, Oviedo, Barkley, Gueye, Vellios.