Champions Manchester City host sixth place Everton on Saturday afternoon, with the hosts hoping to reclaim pole position in the Premier League.
Roberto Mancini’s men made hard work of their 2-0 victory at Wigan Athletic on Wednesday evening; Mario Balotelli eventually giving his side the lead in the 69th minute. James Milner made sure of the three points minutes later with his second goal of the season, maintaining City’s unbeaten start to the campaign.
The hosts have no fresh injury concerns, with defenders Gael Clichy and Micah Richards, and midfielder Jack Rodwell their only absentees.
Bwin offer the best odds for the home victory at 6/11 (1.55), with Everton as highly priced as 7.0 (6/1). The draw is available at 4.33 (10/3) with William Hill.
Marouane Fellaini’s seventh goal of the season gave David Moyes men a share of the spoils in Wednesday evening’s game against Arsenal. The result was the Toffee’s sixth draw in eight matches, a run that has seen them drop out of the European qualification places, though only Manchester City have lost fewer games in the league this season.
Leighton Baines could miss the join captain Phil Neville on the side-lines after aggravating a hamstring in the latter stages against Arsenal, though Kevin Mirallas, Victor Anichebe and Seamus Coleman may be in contention following their respective injuries.
Argentinian forwards Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero have seven goals each so far this season, and they are joint favourites to open the scoring at a best price of 5.0 (4/1) with a variety of firms, while Everton midfielder Darron Gibson, who grabbed the only goal of the game when these sides last met, is an outside shot at 29.0 (28/1).
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