Matija Nastasic has finally returned to training after a mysteriously lengthy absence with injury, but he’s a long way from match fitness and it is doubtful we’ll see him a City shirt again this season. In the seemingly never-ending left-back rotation, Gael Clichy is likely to get the nod at Goodison, with Aleks Kolarov dropping to the bench.
Javi Garcia started the last match against Crystal Palace as Fernandinho was rested, and there will no doubt be the temptation to keep faith with the same midfield which comfortably eased to the three points, but the Brazilian has undoubtedly been one of the players of the season this campaign and must be a sure bet to be drafted back in. Thrillingly, David Silva has recovered and will take his place, with the main dilemma being whether to include James Milner as extra security or whether to start with two up front.
Here is the side Pellegrini could select:
Referee: Lee Probert.
Prediction: Everton 1 - 2 MAN CITY – Something, somewhere is telling me not to worry because despite our recent record away to Everton – abysmal to say the least – I have a feeling we might just do it on Saturday. David Moyes sent his side out snarling and biting and ferocious in their desire to defeat us, but Roberto Martinez’s more attractive, open approach may suit us more. It’ll be a tough game, of course, but with the home side missing the influential and criminally underrated Gareth Barry, there might just be those pockets of space for David Silva to exploit. I’m predicting goals to be scored by Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and Ross Barkley.