Date:Friday October 4 2013
Saturday, 5th of October
Everton put their unbeaten streak to the ultimate test as they take the short trip to the Etihad to take on Manchester City on Saturday. Everton made it three league wins in a row as they managed to beat Newcastle United 3-2, on the back of a blistering first half, on Monday night. As for the home side, Manchester City have had an indifferent start to the season, however, they will be hoping to avoid three losses inside a week after losing 3-2 to Aston Villa and then 3-1 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Everton will be hoping that they can maintain their unbeaten start to the season heading into the international break, and 3pts will see them sit level with Arsenal at the top of the table.
Gareth Barry, who is on loan from Manchester City is willing to help his current teammates as they seek to beat Manchester City saying
"The lads will know enough about the team [Manchester City] without my input but if anybody needs advice they can ask me…. They [Everton] have always been tough to beat when I was on the other end of it. If the manager [Martinez] sets the team up as hard to play against but try and create problems for them at the other end then I`m sure we are capable of getting a result there. The manager won`t be too defensive - he will go there and want the lads to play their normal game and create problems [for Manchester City]."
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on his tactics saying
"It is important to have players with a high level of technical qualities if you want to win titles. But added to this high level of technical qualities you need to put together a tactical system, so everything functions well within the team on the pitch. You need to defend and attack as a team and not defend or attack with individual players."
The big positive for City is that they are set to regain the services of influential midfielder David Silva as he made his return from injury as a substitute in the sides 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich. Man City will be without former Everton player Jack Rodwell and summer signing Martin Demichelis as they are out through injury. With the squad that has been assembled by Pellegrini, he could be tempted to make a few changes following the busy week, the big decisions on the selection table will be who partners Vincent Kompany in defence, and who leads the line with Dzeko and Negredo vying for the starting spot alongside Aguero.
Possible Starting XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva, Milner, Aguero, Negredo
The little Spaniard missed the side's loss to Aston Villa and he was sorely missed. Silva is the playmaker for this CIty side, his creativity, vision and passing ability enables him to tee up his team-mates and is a big inclusion for the City side. The Everton midfield duo of McCarthy and Gibson are going to have to monitor where Silva is at all times as he thrives in the space in front of the defence and behind the midfield. Everton cannot afford to give the Spaniard any time on the ball, as he normally makes the right decision with ball and can punish sides.
Everton's main concern from the win over Newcastle was the injury to Kevin Mirallas, Martinez has confirmed that the Belgian is 50-50 for the match after he hobbled off with an ankle injury. Midfielder Gareth Barry will miss the match as he is ineligible to face his parent club and Martinez remains tight lipped over the fitness of Darron Gibson but is hopeful, as the midfielder was left out of the squad against Newcastle. Martinez also said that Steven Pienaar will probably miss the match as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Antolin Alcaraz is still 3-4 weeks from returning to the first team as he suffered a setback in his recovery from a groin injury.
Possible Starting XI: Howard, Baines, Distin, Jagielka, Coleman, Gibson, McCarthy, Naismith, Mirallas, Barkley, Lukaku
He is the striker that Everton have been missing for a while. The on loan Chelsea striker has started his Everton career in blistering form, the Big Belgian has already scored 3 goals in his game and a half in the royal blue shirt. The 20yr old possesses the pace and power but also his link up play, especially with Everton youngster Ross Barkley. has been very impressive. With the City defence hardly looking convincing, Lukaku will fancy himself against the City defence, and with City likely to dominate the possession, it should leave Lukaku a lot of space to attack the City defence.
1. It is safe to say that Everton are City's bogey team, in the last 12 Premier League meetings, Everton have won 9 and lost only once.
2. Man City have scored 8 goals from crosses this season, twice as much as the next best side
3. The Toffees have not won 4 league games in a row since March 2008
4. Man City have already lost 6pts from winning positions, the most in the league. to put that into perspective, City only lost 7pts from winning positions last season
5. City will look to continue their impressive goalscoring record at the Etihad, Currently, they have scored in 53 straight league home games, the last time they were held was back in 2010 at the hands of Birmingham City.
This will be Martinez's biggest test in charge of Everton, many are still skeptical about his defensive tactics, and this match is probably the biggest test for his tactics. However, City have been largely inconsistent this season and that is evident from their last 2 league results, an impressive 4-1 over rivals United followed by a disappointing 3-2 loss to Villa. Everton will be hoping to take advantage of the fact that they have had a busy week and with confidence high in the Everton camp and with no pressure heading to the Eithad, Everton could more than cause trouble to the City team, although Barry will be a big loss, the attacking threat, especially on the counter with Lukaku, Mirallas and Barkley, is more than enough to trouble a City defence that has looked far from solid. It is a difficult match to predict, mainly due to City's inconsistent performances thus far, so I will sit on the fence and say a 2-2 draw with Lukaku scoring another double for Everton and Aguero and Toure for City. COYB!!!! LETS KEEP THE UNBEATEN STREAK ALIVE AND GET THE 3PTS LADS!!!!
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Date:Friday October 4 2013
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