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Everton vs. Man City

Goodison Park

07/05/2011

15:00

Preview: Short Saturday To See Scousers

The start of 2 games in 4 days for The Blues and what games! 2 of our biggest bogey sides, rivals in previous seasons for "best of the rest" crown and my how they would love to beat us. Well, scousers and spuds the feeling is mutual.
City should be smarting from the nature of our defeats by Everton home and away last season and home again this season. If ever there was a time to "man up" then this is the game, I believe Everton raise their game against us because we've overtaken them in progress and the nature of our Lescott signing.

Vital Quotes:

Everton Team News:

Everton who seem to be always moaning about injuries (Moyes is from the Fergie School of get excuses in early) have saha and Fellani definitely out and Heitanga doubtful.

Probable Team:
Howard
Hibbert Distin Jagielka Baines
Osman Neville Arteta Rodwell
Cahill Anichebe

Player to watch: Tim Cahill

The man we just can't mark, this man's record against us defies belief for a midfielder, please let him pick up a knock in training on Friday!

Man City Team News:

Our only injury worries are Tevez (nearing fitness), Micah and Boateng (out for the season). Mancini has for the last few games been playing the same side, but I think he'll have Spurs in mind so he will go with:

Hart
Richards Kompany Lescott Kolarov
Milner De Jong Barry
Johnson Dzeko Silva

Player to watch: Joleon Lescott

Big game for the big lad(I've gone all Alan Shearer there), this is the first time he has faced Everton since he left and will be subject to dog's abuse. If it was against City, I'd back him to score, let us hope he does the same.

Match Facts & Stats

We all know Everton haven't been the most generous of times in recent years, well we beat the scum, we're in a Cup final, this side is laying all bogey's to bed-starting saturday.

Match Prediction:

City to win a tight game, 2-1.

Next Fixtures:

Spuds at home.




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Writer: Redmond6 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 5 2011

Time: 8:51PM

Your Comments

Tiny Tim is like a thorn in our side so I agree he's the one to watch, Osman seems to be in good form of late so we'll have to pay close attention there too and then there's always a threat from Baines down our right. If we do go with Dzeko up front we need to support him, the team will need to play higher up the pitch than what we've become accustomed to, otherwise we will leave him isolated again and with his lack of mobility it will be a walk in the park for Distin and Jagielka. Good preview Redmond. C'mon City it's time to get this monkey off our back.
Bluedub
Everton's strikers are all pants, therefore the defenders need to watch out for their midfielders, particularly Osman and Cahill. No silly defending or lapses in concentration - I'll be happy with a clean sheet, anything else from Goodison would be a bonus.
fifthcolumnblue
The start of a massive 7 days in the history of Manchester City Football Club.
Johnny Baguette
We must win if we want a calm run-in to the FA Cup. If we do not win it will set up a very nervy few games. This could be the most important game of the season, as a win would see us 10 points clear of Spurs with 3 to play. I know we want third, but I feel that a win and a Spurs loss would see Mancini taking it easy on Tuesday making sure everyone is fit for the FA Cup.
PhillyBlueMoon
Spurs will hammer Blackpool this weekend so we need 1pt at least from Goodison to maintain a 5pt gap before we play Spurs. Then, even if Spurs beat us, there's still 2pts in it with them still having to play Liverpool. Worst case scenario is that Everton beat us, Spurs beat Blackpool, and Spurs beat us, but even then we'd still be 1pt ahead before Spurs play Liverpool and we play Stoke in the league.
StuMCFC
Didn't think Richards was out for the season!
Doody
You dont have to watch out for Timmy, he is pretty much 50% fit, it is because our strikers (Beckford and Anichebe HA!) are pathetic that we are forced to play him. The danger man is Leon Osman, personally feel he has been one of, if not, the form man in the league and hopefully Arteta will produce the form he found pre-injury. But with nothing to play for, I dont see us winning, the performance against Wigan was embarrassing and you can tell they were already planning their holidays. But then again, your lot just doesnt seem to be able to beat us, exactly like Chelsea.
Rob-EFC
Cant believe your record on the merseyside, 3 wins in 31 matches is astounding to say the least
Rob-EFC
 

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