Manchester City will be aiming to maintain the devastating form of their previous two games as they welcome Everton to the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s late kick-off.
Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick in that crucial Champions League clash with Bayern Munich seems to have breathed new life into City, and collectively they seem to have rediscovered the football which saw them blitz a number of sides on their way to winning two trophies last season.
The Argentine has continued to sparkle, but his teammates are now beginning to contribute in similar measure with Stevan Jovetic scoring in two of the last three Premier League games as he establishes himself in the wake of Edin Dzeko’s injury absence.
The visitors have a tough task if they are to escape the bottom half of the Premier League by the evening, in a season where their form in the Europa League has not been reproduced often enough domestically.
Last time out against Hull City was another case in point, as they led 1-0 after a dominant first half, but ended up coming close to emerging from the game with nothing, so there is much frustration around the Merseyside club at present.
Jovetic will miss out here with Dzeko set to return to the Man City squad along with Aleksandar Kolarov. Centre-back Eliaquim Mangala is back following a one-match ban.
Everton are set to be without James McCarthy and Steven Naismith, but could hand long-awaited league appearances to Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo, who have recently recovered from serious injuries.
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