City take on Everton on Saturday, looking to bounce back from their first Premier League defeat of the season, and only their third loss in 62 games. The face an Everton side, who the blues have had indifferent results against over the years, and you never quite know what to expect from this fixture.
So how have the previous matches ended? Here are the stats
City are unbeaten in eight home matches against the Toffees, a run stretching back to September 2011, when the blues won 2-0. The blues have won and drawn four of those eight games, failing to score on just one occasion – a 0-0 draw in January 2016. That 2-0 win that started the run ended a run of four successive defeats, in which the blues failed to score in three of the four matches played.
The first meeting in Manchester between the two sides ended with an Everton victory, 2-1 on 23rd December 1899. The blues won the next two before losing in December 1903. City then won the next eight matches between April 1905 and November 1912, the longest winning run by City against the Toffees.
The two teams have met 90 times in Manchester, with City emerging victorious on 49 occasions, drawing 22 and losing 19 of those matches. Only six of those draws have ended 0-0 and the highest score draw was 4-4 In September 1925. The two teams went 19 matches between October 1985 and December 2012 without recording solitary draw at Maine Road – it was either win or lose, and Everton won 9 of those matches.
City’s biggest win at home to Everton came in December 1957, when they recorded a 6-2 win over the Toffees at Maine Road. The blues have also recorded two 5-1 victories – January 1929 and May 2004. The blues also recorded a 5-0 home win in December 2000, while the heaviest home defeat is 5-2, recorded in May 1993. It was only the third time Everton have scored four or more goals at City.
The blues have only once played at home to Everton on this date. On that occasion on 15 December 1923, City beat the Toffees 2-1. They have also played Everton 17 times in December, winning nine, losing five and drawing just three.
The blues have kept 36 clean sheets, and the longest sequence of home matches they have gone without conceding a goal is three. On the other side, City have failed to score in just 15 matches, so goals are certainly expected from the home side in this fixture.
Who will have the upper hand on Saturday?