Man City v Everton Preview Dec. 1

by Punter's Hero on December 1, 2012

in Football, Latest News

Manchester City will face a tough test at home at Etihad Stadium on Saturday December 1 when they host Everton in one of the weekend’s top English Premier League clashes. Manchester City heads into the weekend in second place in the standings, just one point behind league leaders and cross town rivals Manchester United. Everton is in the hunt for a Champions League spot and sits in sixth place with 22 points, which is four behind fourth-place West Bromwich Albion.

City, the reigning champions, is the only unbeaten team in the league with nine wins and five draws for 32 points. They have 27 goals for and a league low 10 goals against. Everton has earned their points on five wins, seven draws and two losses and have 24 goals for and 18 against. Both teams are suffering from too many draws and City will have to stop sharing the points with the opposition if they hope to retain the title and Everton will need to do the same if they hope to finish in the top four and land a berth in Europe.

Man City will have defender Joleon Lescott back in the squad after sitting out with a back injury, but it looks like he’s lost his position to 19-year-old Matija Nastasic. The teenager has started eight consecutive games for the team while the 30-year-old England international Lescott hasn’t even made it as far as the substitute’s bench for the last pair of league games.

Lescott said it’s frustrating to be sitting out now that he’s healthy, but understands why manager Roberto Mancini doesn’t want to alter a successful lineup. Lescott might have been motivated for the game though since he used to play for Everton. The Merseyside club can’t be blamed for selling him though since City paid way too much for him at a price of 22 million pounds. City will also be without another English international defender as Micah Richards is still on the sidelines,
Everton manager David Moyes will have a tough time taking his team to the top four of the league and it’s doubtful that he’ll do it. He’s really just another one of the league’s mediocre managers with a mediocre squad and will likely end up somewhere between sixth and 10th when the season comes to an end in May. However, Everton has done pretty well lately on the road against City as they’ve won four out of the last five meetings at Etihad Stadium.

It’s going to be tough to make it five out of six though since City hasn’t lost in their past 36 home games. The last time they were beaten in the league at home was back in December of 2010, a streak that’s almost two years old now. Moyes will probably have to field a team without defender Leighton Baines as he pulled his hamstring on Wednesday in a 1-1 draw at home against Arsenal.

Belgian international striker Marouane Fellaini leads Everton with seven goals this season while Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez have six each for City. However, City also has Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli to choose from, giving them a lot of depth and power in their attack. City’s depth will likely lead them to a home win over Everton and they’ll keep the pressure on Man United.

Sportsbook William Hill has the latest odds of a Man City win at 4/7 with an Everton victory at 5/1 and a draw at 14/5.

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