Man City faces its bogey team, Everton

September, 23, 2011

Manchester City and Everton kick off this weekend's English Premier League slate Saturday morning on ESPN2 and ESPN3 at 7:30 a.m. ET. Here are five things to keep in mind for the match:

• Manchester City will be looking to end some recent troubles against Everton. The Toffees have won seven of their past eight matches against Manchester City, including four straight at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium. Manchester City has also failed to score in five of those eight matches. Roberto Mancini's men have won their past eight league matches dating to last season, with their last loss coming to -- you guessed it -- Everton in May 2011. If Everton defeats Manchester City on Saturday, it will have won more EPL matches (eight) at Manchester City than any other club.

• Only one of the past 15 matches between these clubs has finished in a draw -- a 1-1 tie at Everton in September 2006. Everton has won 10 of the past 15 matches and Manchester City has won four.

• Manchester City has won seven consecutive matches at home with six clean sheets. City is unbeaten in its past 11 EPL matches at home and past 19 home matches in all competitions dating to last season, with its last loss coming to Everton in December 2010.

• Everton has won seven points from its first four EPL matches, its best start to a season since matching that feat in 2007-08. Everton has conceded only four goals, tied for second-fewest in the league this season. You're also well-served to stick around to the end with Everton, as three of its six goals this season have come in the 84th minute or later.

• Manchester City spent approximately $113 million on transfers this summer, including a club-record transfer for Sergio Aguero of approximately $54 million. Meanwhile, Everton was the only Premier League club not to spend a single dollar during this past summer's transfer window, instead bringing in Royston Drenthe, Denis Stracqualursi and Eric Dier on loan.



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