The Etihad Stadium is set to witness a clash between Manchester City and Everton on Wednesday evening in the Premier League.
The home side are currently in third place and could potentially go top of the league on goal difference should they win this match.
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Everton have failed to meet expectations this year and are currently in eleventh place in the Premier League. The visitors are vulnerable to being overtaken by West Brom and Southampton, who are in the chasing positions. An away win could see the Toffees potentially climb four places in the league and go as high as seventh position, depending on other results.
Both sides in this fixture recently managed to progress into the fourth round of the FA Cup with relative ease and will be looking to carry that form over into the Premier League.
Manchester City’s most recent home encounter came on Boxing Day in the Premier League, when City were able to convincingly beat Sunderland 4-1. Man City have also managed to beat Watford away from home and drew with high flying Leicester.
The two sides recently met in the semi final of the League Cup, a match which Everton were able to win 2-1. Man City will be without a range of big name players, including Vincent Kompany and Wilfried Bony. The home side’s hopes are boosted by the return of Yaya Toure and David Silva to the midfield, after both players missed the recent 3-0 win in the FA Cup.
The major news for Everton heading into the away game at Manchester City is that star striker Romelu Lukaku will be available to play. Everton’s main goalscoring threat had missed their recent FA Cup game after suffering an injury in the recent League Cup encounter.
Tom Cleverley’s ankle complaint means the midfielder will be a touch and go decision fitness wise right up until kickoff time. Tim Howard is likely to feature as Everton’s goalkeeper on the day, and Mori will make a return to the side after going off with a severe head problem recently.
The chance to potentially go top of the Premier League is likely to be enough to inspire a victory for Manchester City. Everton have struggled to win lately in the Premier League and the Etihad can be a difficult place to play. However, Manchester City have vulnerabilities of their own, and Everton will be looking to exploit them, as they were able to in their recent League Cup victory.