Both Samir Nasri and Carlos Tevez have been left out of the starting XI for City's last two matches, with Tevez appearing from the bench only at Chelsea and Nasri left out both times. Nasri has recovered from a calf strain and is back in contention, while Tevez's omission was seemingly tactical so it will be interesting to see whether he returns.
Gael Clichy remains out and Kolarov could play at left back after Zabaleta started there against Wigan, while James Milner has been confirmed as absent with a hamstring injury.
Richards and Rodwell remain out, while Joleon Lescott is back and fit but has not been making the squad recently. It seems the England international may be on his way out of Eastlands before long.
David Moyes has a worry over Leighton Baines' fitness after the left back picked up a hamstring injury against Arsenal and may miss the trip to Eastlands as a result.
Anichebe, Mirallas and Coleman all did not make it back in time for the Arsenal match and face a race against time to be fit for this game.
Phil Neville remains out with a knee injury.
Everton follow up a tough game at home to Arsenal with an even more tricky trip to Manchester City, who have extended their unbeaten run on home soil to an incredible 36 matches. They have only dropped points once at home in the league this season and the Toffees will do well to get anything out of this game.
Everton have only lost 1 of their last 5 away games in the league but that was their most recent one and it handed lowly Reading their first win of the season.They displayed their flaws in that game and in the draw with Norwich, but have since bounced back with a strong display and a good result against Arsenal, when they could easily have got more.
The last time City lost at the Etihad in the Premier League was against Everton in December 2010. The Toffees have an incredible record against City, having won 8 of their last 10 meetings, and 4 of the last 5 at City. Everton have scored the highest proportion of goals in the first half (67%), while City have scored the most in the second half (74%). Expect Everton to start brightly but City to come back into it as the game wears on. Everton may continue their good record against the blue side of Manchester, but a win would be too big an ask.
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