Everton v MAN CITY – PREVIEW: City’s Probable Team

6 May

Just four games to go and destiny is in our own hands. A win at Goodison Park and Champions League qualification is virtually secured. A loss, and we would still have breathing space although it could become nervy.

Our record against Everton is, to put it mildly, atrocious. We won there in 2009, but apart from that, we have struggled aginst them in recent times. They completed the double over us last season, recorded a win at Eastlands earlier in this season and are generally recognised as our bogey team. But what better time than now to shatter that illusion!

With regards to team selection, Micah Richards could return to the bench after missing the past few games with an injury. Fellow right back Pablo Zabaleta, however, is fit and will start after taking a knock in the dying moments against West Ham. Nigel de Jong, replaced at half time in that game, should be fit enough to start, but Carlos Tévez is not yet ready.

The only major selection dilemma is whether Mancini feel it is time for Edin Dzeko, who has looked sharper in the past couple of games, to come into the starting line-up. James Milner could also start in place of Adam Johnson, depending on how Mancini intends to set up the team, but I expect City to be unchanged for the fourth game in a row.

Here is the side I expect Mancini to select:

Manchester City 4-2-3-1 football formation

Although Everton have a reputation as a strong, physical side, they possess a number of talented players offensively, none more so that Mikel Arteta. His creativity, movement and interplay are reminiscent of our own Spaniard, David Silva, and when combined in midfield with the likes of Fellaini, Osman and Cahill, it’s no wonder to see how the Toffees are so competitive year in year out.

Their backline always seem to have a blinder against us. The central defensive partnership of Phil Jagielka and former City stalwart Sylvain Distin, are quick, strong and a no-nonsense pairing, whilst Leighton Baines is one of the best left backs in the league. It will need a strong team ethic and willing desire if City are to get anything from this game.

Referee: Phil Dowd – A fairly safe pair of hands. Can’t remember his officiating too many City games this season, but he’s regarded highly and is a good communicator with the players.

Prediction: Everton 1 – 1 MAN CITY – Will be a tight affair, a tough battle and not the most exhilirating watch. There won’t be many goals in it, but I’m predicting Tim Cahill and Yaya Touré to get on the scoresheet.


2 Responses to “Everton v MAN CITY – PREVIEW: City’s Probable Team”

  1. Siamack 06/05/2011 at 7:27 pm #

    There is no room for a slow start and then a build-up against a team like Everton who are like hard-working ants. I just hope Kolarov steps up his game [much like Lescott has done for past few games]. One thing he does not need to do is his “defensive butt-style” move. He needs to face Everton players heads-on.

    A win is virtually a guarantee for Champions League.

  2. Citysince77 06/05/2011 at 8:29 pm #

    If there was ever a time to beat our two major bogey teams this is the time to do it. If we can get a victory tomorrow I really feel we can go all the way in this season, and win the FA cup and qualify for the Champions League in a clear, professional manner. I do think Mancini will go for Milner instead of Johnson and also maybe favour Dzeko over Balotelli for this one though I’m still confident if it is the other way round. I hope that we look to wrestle control in the middle of the park and and revert back to the ruthless team that destroyed Fulham, Newcastle, Wigan, West Ham and West Brom on their own pitch, and all by two goals at least. A positive result tomorrow and I will really believe my dreams are starting to come true. 2-1 to City. Believe. CTID

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