Everton vs Manchester City preview

By Ric Turner, Fri 21 August 2015 13:32

Everton vs Manchester City previewZabaleta facing a month on the sidelines with knee injury

Everton vs Manchester City

Date: 16.00pm, Sunday 23rd August 2015

Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool

Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: G Beswick, H Lennard Fourth Official: K Friend

Odds: Everton 4/1, Draw 3/1, Manchester City 3/4

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports 1


Manager: Roberto Martinez

Squad (from): Robles, Howard, Stanek, Stones, Jagielka, Coleman, Browning, Galloway, Oviedo, Cleverley, McCarthy, Barry, Barkley, Deulofeu, Besic, Osman, Kone, Lukaku, Mirallas, Naismith, McAleny

Injured: Baines, Gibson, McGeady, Pienaar, Hibbert

Doubtful: Mirallas

Suspended: None

Form guide: DW

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Clichy, Demichelis, Denayer, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna, Delph, Fernandinho, Lopes, Nasri, Navas, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Bony, Iheanacho

Injured: Fernando, Zabaleta

Doubtful: Delph

Suspended: None

Form guide: WW

Pablo Zabaleta faces a month on the sidelines, after Manuel Pellegrini revealed that the Argentinian defender had suffered knee ligament damage.

"It happened in training," confirmed Zabaleta. "It's the first time in 12 years of senior football that I've ever been injured like this so it's a blow, especially at the start of the season."

Fabian Delph and Fernando have, however, recovered from injury and join new boy Nicolas Otamendi in the squad. Eliaquim Mangala and Vincent Kompany, so impressive in City's opening two games, continue their partnership at the heart a City defence yet to concede a goal this season.

City's last away game at Goodison ended in a 1-1 draw, with Fernandinho opening the scoring for City before Gary Naismith equalised for the home side. Overall City have won 66 of the 176 games played against Chelsea, with 44 draws and 66 defeats.

Prediction: Everton 1 City 2