14th of October 2016 Author: Johnny Karp
League leaders Manchester City are looking to bounce back after their first defeat of the season when they host Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Last season Everton earned a goalless draw in Manchester, but got beaten 2-0 at home in the league match. The two teams have also met in the League Cup semi-finals last season and Manchester City went through with a 3-1 win at home after a 2-1 loss away. Everton have not won at Manchester City since 2010.
Manchester City went unbeaten since the start of the season and also had a 100 percent league record before the clash with second-placed Tottenham just before the international break. The Citizens lost that match 2-0, showing signs of weakness and encouraging their rivals in the battle for the title. Vincent Kompany and Bacary Sagna are injured and will surely miss out, while Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph could return to fitness in time for Saturday's game.
Everton have been doing a decent job so far this season, they have lost just one league match and they are currently fifth in the league table. They did record consecutive defeats against Norwich in the League Cup and Bournemouth in the Premier League, and last time out they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Crystal Palace. They had won five consecutive matches before that though, so they will be looking to get back into a good streak. Muhamed Besic, Tyias Browning and Matthew Pennington are all injured, but Phil Jagielka is back to full fitness after having pulled out of the England squad.
Man City: Bravo - Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov - Fernandinho - Navas, Silva, Gundogan, Nolito - Aguero
Everton: Stekelenburg - Coleman, Jagielka, Williams, Baines - Cleverley, Gueye, Barry - Barkley, Lukaku, Bolasie
My prediction: Manchester City to win 3-1.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Man City win - 1.50
Draw - 4.75
Everton win - 7.00
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