Everton v Manchester City
Barclays Premier League
Tuesday, January 31st: 20:00
Nikica Jelavic is likely to complete his move from Rangers before the transfer deadline but will be unavailable for The Toffees, along with defensive trio Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman and Sylvain Distin.
Ross Barkley is unlikely to be involved, while jack Rodwell and Leon Osman are both definitely ruled out.
Manchester City welcome back captain Vincent Kompany from a four-match ban, but are without Mario Balotelli (suspended) and Yaya and Kolo Toure, who are both on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Moyes hoping to continue City hoodo
Everton Boss David Moyes is hoping his side can continue their impressive run of results over Manchester City when the two sides do battle at Goodison Park.
City have won just one of the last 13 visits to the blue halve of Merseyside.
However, the league leaders travel to The Toffees a far stronger proposition than in previous years, but the Scot hopes to take advantage of crucial absentees.
“Their form at the start of the season was scintillating,” said Moyes. “All sides will go through periods of difficulty during a season and City are probably just in a bit of that at the moment.
“They have lost a couple of boys to the African Nations Cup and there have been a couple of disciplinary things which they see haven’t gone their way. It can sometimes just upset the rhythm at the club.
“Let’s hope it is upset because we are going to have to hopefully catch them on an off-night and us play very well.
“We have had quite a good record against Manchester City. The difference is they have improved. Their players have got better; there is more belief, more understanding playing alongside each other.
“We are coming up against a far greater City side than even we played last year.”
Vincent Kompany makes a triumphant return to the fold after a four-game ban, but Mario Balotelli, Yaya Toure and brother Kolo will all miss the clash, luck that manager Roberto Mancini is quick to bemoan.
“I think we were very unlucky in the last 40 days, very, very unlucky with some situations on the pitch,” Mancini said.
“We were disappointed because we wanted to go to the final of the Carling Cup and we wanted to go through in the FA Cup.
“But it was a difficult situation against United because we played nearly 90 minutes with 10 players. In the second game against Liverpool, we tried everything and scored two goals at Anfield.
“December and January have been difficult months with injuries, Yaya Toure being away and having players banned. Now I hope we can go on and win in the Premier League.
“Our motivation should be that we are on the top and we want to stay there. If we want to do this, then we have to work hard in the next two months.”
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