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Everton FC vs. Manchester City FC

Goodison Park

12th January 2008

3pm

Everton v Manchester City

City travel down the M62 to one of the poorest grounds in the premiership, but the football they play there does not depict the poor surroundings as they are without doubt City's strongest contenders for the fourth/fifth place finish in the league.

Vital Quotes:

Richard Dunne on his return to Goodison Park: "Everton will be on the home ground and will be fancying their chances. They are in Europe now and know what it is all about, and they will see us as one of their challengers.

"Three points will be a big boost for them, but our away form has really improved. We need to pick up results on the road, Saturday is going to be difficult but it`s one we feel confident going in to and it is one we feel we can win."

He then talks of Yakubu and the rest of the squad: "It`s good he`s not there though! He`s a proven goalscorer in this league and he will be missing, but Johnson and McFadden have been doing well. We know it`s going to be a battle and they have Arteta coming back, so it`s a real challenge for us."

Everton FC Team News:

Joseph Yobo and Yakubu Aiyegbeni have now joined up with Nigeria in time for the African Cup of Nations, and with Stephen Pienaar already with the South African squad Moyes is preparing for a spell without the trio.

Mikel Arteta has now completed his three-match ban and should make an immediate return to the first-team, but Leon Osman is out with a broken foot and fellow midfielder Thomas Gravesen is struggling with a knee problem.

Player to watch: Tim Cahill

He invariably scores against us as he ghosts into the box unmarked.

Manchester City FC Team News:

Michael Johnson is still two weeks away from a return for City after a recurrence of an abdominal complaint, but should be back in contention by the end of January.

Valeri Bojinov is nearing a first-team return after a long spell on the sidelines, while Michael Ball is expected to continue at left-back against his former club after his recent performances have helped to keep Javier Garrido out of the side.

Nery Castillo could be handed his Premier League debut, but with Brazilian star Elano ready to come back in after missing the FA Cup tie with West Ham last weekend the Mexican may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Player to watch: Martin Petrov

He seems to have really been a buzz about the City team as he torments right backs with his pace and crossing ability.

Match Facts & Stats

Since City's return to the premiership they have only ever been beaten by an odd goal in two matches and had City have had a decent referee on New Years day in 2003, would have won two one.

But instead you have to go back to October 1992 for City's only premiership victory at Goodison where Mike Sheron scored a brace and David White got the third.

Ref Watch:

Mark Halsey - this is his third City game this season. They have all been away;(Fulham & Tottenham) both games he has not been brilliant for City, but maybe third time lucky.

Match Prediction:

City to continue their winless run at Goodison; a scoring draw with City equalizing. 1 - 1.

Next Fixtures:

West Ham - FA Cup 3rd round replay at City of Manchester Stadium on Wednesday 16th January with an 8:05pm kick off.




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Writer: Gavin Cooper  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 12 2008

Time: 1:41PM

Your Comments

good luck today, i'd like to think we are both nearing the ability to oust the fabled 'fantastic four'. Chelsea and Liverpool are there for the taking, arsenal and united are a different class.
toffeetower
Would disagree with the Everton player to watch for me the one to watch is Arteta very similar to Elano a class act.
alphieblues
It does not matter guys is still a long journey and we have many games in the league which through we can compensation.
city 81
We seem to be finding at as hard as last season to score goals. It is disturbing to know that we dictate most of the play and hardly create a shot on goal. Who do we need to bring in to remedy the situation, is it a proven goalscorer, or a midfield playmaker ???
alphieblues
The lack of goals being scored this season really does magnify the need for a proven goalscorer,if the player brought cost 15/20 million then so be it.But imagine the rewards if City did manage to have a good UEFA Cup run,or possibly a Champions League place.I think if they don't get at least a european place of some sort this season it would be a big disappointment to the players and fans alike.
Northern3
good luck maybe a chance for you to cause an upset you never know
ozanne park rangers
We have a problem when playing away, We won only in two matches out of 11!! and for fourth place I Found that 66 points is the point by which to fourth place, through the results of league in six years ago, 66-39=27 , 27 from 48 The remaining points of league, I hope we can do it .
city 81
City 81 , we did not play well first half, gave the ball away too easily, but credit to Everton they stopped Elano from playing and we suffered. We have not got big players up front and the long ball meant that Everton would win most of those. Second half we kept it on the ground and played a lot better without creating many chances. No fault for the goal to anyone. Castillo needs more time to adjust to the pace of the game and to gel. As an afterthought he may have been better coming on in the last 20 minutes. I think we can give the swamp squatters a good game.
Buzz Lightyear
I though their goal was offside. I don't think we are getting the rub of the green decisions wise at all this season.
Johnny Baguette
Fred or Alves??
Boro 01
poorest grounds in the country - love the description!
merlin
JB It looked to me that while the defense stepped out, Petrov was still in there playing Lescott onside.
Buzz Lightyear
Good luck against the vermin in the cup!
MFC67
 

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