Friday, 24 April 2009

Everton vs Man City - Sat 25Th Apr 15:00pm

City face the tough task of going to Goodison Park this weekend and in an ideal world need to come away from the game with at least a point.

With us still chasing 7Th place Goodison Park is not a preferred destination at the moment. Everton are certainly in the running for the best team I have seen come to Eastlands this season, so for City to come away from Goodison Park with a result will be difficult.

If you have watched Everton this season then you will know that they are a very very good team and if we are to get anything from the game I think we will have to focus on work rate. Everton work very hard and we will have to at the very least match them in that department, if we don't then as far as I'm concerned it is certain defeat.

We will also need someone to stand up and lead us and organise us against Everton. I think a big reason for our poor defending lately is that there is nobody constantly organising the team, Dunney should be the man leading by example but he just doesn't do it. At the same time though good teams are built on teams of people who want to take control, so it would be nice to see a few other members of our team open their mouths.

Ever the optimist, I do believe if we put the work in that we can get at least a draw from this game. I know that all season we have all been saying City have the quality to win these kind of games and it might be getting boring to hear, but it is true. I don't think it would be wise to underestimate what we are capable of, when we attack in full flow there is not many better than us in the league. I think if we can find that balance between hard work and good attacking football tomorrow, then we could come away from Goodison Park happy enough.

City team news:
Bellamy (knee), Wright-Phillips (ankle) and Zabaleta (hamstring) are all definitely out of the game. Nigel De Jong hasn't trained all week due to a thigh injury and a decision on whether he is fit enough to play will be made on the day of the game. Bojinov is expected to return to the squad after playing for the reserves in midweek, Micheal Johnson is also in contention after he also played for the reserves in midweek.

Everton team news:
Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka and Marouane Fellaini all look set to return to the starting line up after being rested in midweek. James Vaughan and Louis Saha are both in contention to start up front for Everton, with Jo not being allowed to play against his parent club.

Possible Man City line up: Given, Richards, Onuoha, Dunne, Bridge, De Jong, Kompany, Ireland, Elano, Robinho, Caicedo.

Possible Everton line up:
Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Osman, Neville, Fellaini, Pienaar, Cahill, Vaughan.

My prediction: Everton 0 - 0 Man City

Worth a bet:
The game finishes a 0 - 0 draw, a 1 - 0 City win is also well worth a bet at 9/1.

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