Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero is back in training Getty Images

Everton host high-flying Manchester City at the Goodison on Saturday as the Citizens look to trump Chelsea into the top spot.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. Live Radio commentary will be available on BBC 5 Live Sport. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day from 10:30pm GMT on BBC One.


Everton have failed to live up to expectations this season in spite of having spent a record amount on Romelu Lukaku, who has only flattered to deceive.

Roberto Martinez, who was on the verge of leading Everton into the Champions League last season, is struggling.

The Toffees are on a four game losing streak in the league, which could have easily gone to five in all competitions, having scraped a replay against West Ham after an injury time equaliser by Lukaku at home.

They are currently third on the table and do not look likely to finish anywhere near the top four unless Martinez can do something dramatic.

Leighton Baines, who picked up a knock, is expected to be back while Sylvian Distin is still unavailable with a groin injury.

Manuel Pellegrini's men will be buoyed after closing the gap on Chelsea after securing a 3-2 win over Sunderland on New Year's Day. A respectable tally of 10 points from a possible 12 saw the Blues go level with Chelsea, who managed only seven of the allotted points.

The Citizens were in for a scare against Sheffield's United in the FA Cup when they went behind in the first half but came back to secure a 2-1 victory, thus progressing into the fourth round.

Key strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko have both returned to first team training after being out for long due to injury.

Romelu Lukaku
Everton manager Roberto Martinez will be banking on Romelu Lukaku to fire against Manchester City. Getty

What Managers Say

Roberto Martinez: "We need to take responsibility. We're playing at home, we've had four bad results and we need to put that right. It doesn't matter what kind of opposition you're playing. Looking at our position in the league all we want is to get momentum and to do that you need a little chain of good results. Man City could follow the performance we put in against West Ham."

Manuel Pellegrini: "Hopefully we'll be looking to open up a little gap of our own," he said in the aftermath of the Wednesday game. All we can do is concentrate on our games and if we can get the results we want to get, it depends on how Chelsea do."

Betting Odds

  • Everton Win: 17/5
  • Draw: 14/5
  • Manchester City Win: 9/11

Team News


Possible XI: Joel; Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines; Barry, Besic, Mirallas, Barkley, Naismith, Lukaku

Manchester City

Possible XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Clichy; Fernando, Fernandinho; Nasri, Silva, Milner; Jovetic