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David Thompson 30th Jan 2012 - 10:50

Toffees are out for Kompany's return!


Everton v Manchester City

English Premier League

Tuesday - 20:00 - live on Sky Sports 2

Match betting: Everton 10/3 Draw 5/2 Man City 17/20

Manchester City travel to Merseyside to take on the Toffees at the end of what has been a quiet January transfer window for the league leaders. David Moyes' side has proved to be a bogey team for City ever since Sheikh Mansour arrived in Manchester in 2008, with Everton winning five of their seven meetings.

David Moyes has a real knack of troubling the top four sides however Everton's league form has been poor at best recently having picked up just two points in their last four games and winning just two of their previous ten. The poor showing has steamed from injury to both first choice centre-backs Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka. Neither will be available for choice at Goodison Park on Tuesday night and the responsibility looks likely to fall upon 20-year-old debutant Shane Duffy and Johnny Heitenga.

David Moyes will hope the late minute transfer talks with Rangers over Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic with not distract his dressing room away from Tuesday's fixture. Although the manager feels attacking options need bolstering, things have looked promising of late. Tim Cahill (7/2 anytime) finally broke his year long duck with a goal against Blackburn whilst on loan winger Landon Donovan (10/3 anytime) already has four assists to his name in just six appearances.

Unlike Everton, City are out of the FA Cup having lost to rivals Manchester United and their latest chance of silverware in the Carling Cup was thwarted by an inspired Liverpool side at Anfield. The pressure on the Citizens manger is on, and failure to win the Premier League would signal a complete failure for the 2011-12 campaign.

Mancini will be delighted with the return of club captain Vincent Kompany. Since his injury goals have been conceded for fun and his replacement Stefan Savic has been the main protagonist for many of the mistakes in the back-line. In honour of the Belgian's return William Hill have drawn up a Match Winner offer for Manchester City to keep a clean sheet. We have enhanced the odds from 23/20 to a bold 13/8, and considering the match betting odds on City of 17/20, this looks like a good way of extracting some extra value.

With Mario Balotelli suspended once again due to his childish stamp on model pro Scott Parker it falls upon the clubs leading scorer Kun Aguero to spearhead the attacking threat for the light Blues. Aguero has contributed to fourteen of the clubs sixty Premier League goals and it is obvious to see why he is as short as 10/11 anytime and 7/2 for first goalscorer.

With what has happened in the Cup competitions I fully expect a pumped up, Vincent Company lead City to demonstrate why they are the current league leaders. If Jack Rodwell makes the Toffees eleven Moyes will encourage him to spoil David Silva's creativity like in their previous encounter, however, that tactic alone will not be enough for, as I see it, a comfortable win for the Manchester side at Goodison.



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