Everton midfielder James McCarthy confident they can topple Manchester City

The questions above all others for Martinez, fans, and everybody who loves and follows Everton during the last week was the status of John Stones.


Manchester City have started the season in scintillating form.

City actually have a poor record at Goodison Park – they’ve only won there three times in the Premier League era.

David Moyes in particular found a way of continually frustrating City – in his final six seasons in charge of Everton, the Toffees won nine of their 12 head-to-head encounters.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The Argentinian is unplayable at the top of his game.

“When you perform as a team, you are always going to see certain individuals with enormous talent shining”, Martinez said.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says it’s too early to talk about the title race.

Through two games, Manchester City has not given up a goal.

Everton were held to a 2-2 draw by newly promoted Watford in their opening match but produced an impressive counter-attacking performance at Southampton to claim a 3-0 win last time out.

Manchester City is first in the league with 6 points having won both games of the season. He opened his account for the season against Chelsea with a clinical finish and could have scored more if it wasn’t for Asmir Begovic in the Chelsea goal. Martinez is unlikely to upset the balance of his side after their 3-0 win over Southampton so he will more than likely field the same starting 11. The Spaniard has been instrumental in Manchester City’s impressive start to the season, playing a part in the majority of their goals this season.

“It is the same with Sunday – if we rely on one or two individuals, we are going to fall short”.

For Everton, Martinez has said that Kevin Mirallas is now “100 per cent fit” after not featuring at Southampton last weekend, and so he should feature against Manchester City, as should midfielder Aiden McGeady, who is also fit again and back in contention after recovering from a hamstring injury.


England left-back Leighton Baines will be out for up to 10 weeks with an ankle problem, so Brendan Galloway should continue in his place. They have the look of a complete team and seem to have ironed out some of those defensive frailties which cost them so badly last campaign.

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