Game preview and thread: Everton v Manchester City

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Magaye Gueye celebrates after team mate Leon Osman has scored the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park on April 16, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

A quick stat hit ahead of the game today, which, if City win will heap the pressure on Tottenham who go up against Blackpool later in the day:

  • Everton have won six of the last seven games between the two sides.
  • Everton have only failed to score in one of the last 14 Premier League meetings with City, but have failed to score more than twice during this time.
  • When scoring first, Everton post a record of W10 D5 L1, but have only one win (W1 D8 L8) when falling behind.
  • Everton are most likely to score between minutes 31-45 and 76-90 (13 apiece) and most likely to concede between mins 61-75 (14).
  • Everton have made more successful crosses from open play (173) than any other side and are more likely to hit long balls (averaging 69/420 per game) than City, who average 430 short passes per game (out of a total of 510).
  • Tim Cahill has opened the scoring in three of the last four games he has started against City.
  • Everton have W3 D2 L1 of their past six home games.
  • City's win at Blackburn arrested a run of three successive away defeats.
  • They will however, be bidding to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time this season.
  • Nine of City's wins this season have come by a one-goal margin.
  • City have scored eight deflected goals this season, the most in the Premier League.
  • City are most likely to score between minutes 1-15 and 61-75 (12 each) and concede between minutes 76-90 (11).
  • City have dropped just nine points when scoring first this season, but have taken only four points when falling behind.
  • City have scored just two headed goals in the Premier League this season; no side have managed fewer.

Do comment away below, and also check out SBNation's Everton blog, RBMersey.

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