Manchester City v EvertonMan City's last 5 matchesEverton 2-1 Man City
Wednesday 27th January 19:45
Capital One Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg
- Capital One Cup (Navas)Norwich 0-3 Man City
- FA Cup (Aguero, Iheanacho, De Bruyne)Man City 0-0 Everton Man City 4-0 Crystal Palace
(Delph, Aguero x2, Silva) West Ham 2-2 Man City
(Aguero x2 incl. Pen)Everton's last 5 matchesEverton 2-1 Man City
- Capital One Cup (Funes Mori, Lukaku)Everton 2-0 Dagenham and Redbridge
- FA Cup (Kone, Mirallas Pen)Man City 0-0 EvertonChelsea 3-3 Everton
(O.G, Mirallas, Funes Mori)Everton 1-2 Swansea
The impetus is on Manchester City going into the second leg of this Capital One Cup tie with the task of overturning a 2-1 deposit at the forefront of proceedings. Manchester City are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions at the Etihad Stadium, winning five of those matches and scoring 17 goals in the process, though Everton were the one team to avoid defeat in that run with a 0-0 draw in the league, two weeks ago. City have won 11 of their 14 matches at home this season with West Ham United and Liverpool the only teams to come away from the blue half of Manchester with a victory, both in the Premier League. Manchester City's 2-2 draw against West Ham at the weekend means they have failed to win in any of their seven matches against their fellow top 7 sides this season so far (D3, L4). Unfortunately for Everton, Manchester City have taken more points than any other team against sides in the bottom half of the table and they're actually unbeaten in that particularly statistic, winning 10 of their 12 matches in the league.
Not much seems to particularly change at Manchester City under Pellegrini and that's shown by the fact they've conceded exactly the same amount of goals and have scored just one goal less than at this stage last season, though they are four points worse off which is their lowest total after 23 games in any of the last five season whilst they sit 2nd in the Premier League table, as they did last season. Although they're slightly down on possession from last season, Manchester United are the only team averaging higher than them with 55%, which goes to show how irrelevant that statistic can be. In a similar instance, despite a slight drop, Manchester City still create the most chances per game in the league, ahead of Liverpool (13) and Tottenham (12.65) but their tackle win percentage is the lowest in the league whilst they're actually second in the table concerning Aerial Dues Won, winning 53% of those battles.
Everton have the lead going into this Capital One Cup match and it's the first time they've gone into the second leg of a league cup semi final with such an advantage since they made the final in 1984 after beating Aston Villa at home 2-0, despite going on to lose the reverse fixture 1-0. Everton's win over Manchester City in the first leg and their FA Cup win are their only wins since Boxing Day and they haven't won in any of their last five league matches (D3, L2), though they are unbeaten in their last six Premier League away matches which is the longest unbeaten run behind Spurs (W1 D5). Despite the cup victory over Manchester City, Everton have only won one of their 12 matches this season against sides currently in the top half of the table and that came in the second match of the season against Southampton whilst the Toffees have taken just 9 points from a possible 32.
Ross Barkley often is under scrutiny in the footballing world, despite the fact he has more assists than any other Englishman in the Premier League this season and is the joint highest scoring England midfielder. Not only is Barkley bossing the stats against his international teammates but has completed 74 successful dribbles this season which is the second highest behind Wilfried Zaha (75) in the Premier League with 61% of his dribbles being successful, not bad for a player who apparently gives the ball away to much. Furthermore, Barkley boasts an 88% pass completion so far this season which is better the the likes of Mesut Ozil (87%) of Arsenal; Yaya Toure (87%) of Man City; Philipe Coutinho(78%) of Liverpool and the man of the moment, Dele Alli (77%) of Tottenham. It's the joint second highest pass completion rate in the Everton squad behind John Stones (89%) and alongside Muhamed Besic and James McCarthy. Can't believe you just read that crap can you?
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