15 March, 2013 - 13:10

Premier League Matchday 30 Preview: Everton vs Man City

Premier League Matchday 30 Preview: Everton vs Man City

The clash between Manchester City and Everton at Goodison Park is undoubtedly the key fixture of the Premier League Matchday 30. Man City need nothing but a win to retain the chances of catching leaders Manchester United, as the latter are unlikely to lose points against the bottom-dwellers Reading.

Everton recent form:

Despite City edging past Everton by virtue of Tevez’s goal in the reverse fixture in December, Everton are boasting an impressive record against the Citizens, having won 5 out of their 8 games. Everton will be keen to return to winning ways against Man City following the eyebrow raising defeat 3-0 against Wigan in the FA Cup fixture last Sunday.

The Toffees have been experiencing the slump in form, having won just two out of their last seven games and drawn the games against relegation struggling Aston Villa and Southampton.

Man City recent form:

Roberto Mancini’s side is currently lying in the second spot trailing 12 points behind the cross-town rivals.

Judging by their last three games Man City are on the course of returning to their best form after disappointing slump in February. They have beaten Chelsea and Aston Villa and thrashed 5-0 Barnsley in FA Cup.

Everton team news:

The Toffees first-choice goalkeeper Tim Howard is still a couple of weeks away from returning to full training with a back injury with Jan Mucha taking his place between the sticks.

Phil Jagielka is set to miss the clash against Man City due to ankle injury, while Tony Hibbert also remaining sidelined after damaging calf.

Man City team news:

The Citizens are experiencing the firepower crisis with their two key strikers Sergio Aguero (knee) and Carlos Tevez (hamstring) out due to injuries.

Skipper Vincent Kompany set to miss the game with a calf injury, while Rodwell is out with a long-term injury.

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Author: Basil Naumov

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