Five facts that prove how bad Everton’s season has been under Roberto Martinez

Everton have today sacked manager Roberto Martinez at the end of what has been a thoroughly disappointing season for the Toffees.

The Spaniard, who had three years left on his contract before today’s departure, has been relieved of his duties before the club’s final game of the season at home to Norwich on Sunday, with David Unsworth and Joe Royle set to take control of that game.

Martinez was appointed as Everton manager in 2013 and enjoyed a fine first season, leading the club to a fifth-placed finish with a record Premier League points tally of 72.

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But things have only worsened since the end of his first campaign, with the Toffees on course for their lowest league finish since 2004 and here are five facts that prove how bad a year it has been for the Merseyside club.

1. Home discomforts

Everton have picked up just 20 points from their 18 home games this season – their worst return in the club’s Premier League history, regardless of Sunday’s result against Norwich at Goodison Park. Their 20-point haul at home is also the joint-second worst return in Premier League this year, as only Aston Villa have picked up less (11).

2. Fortress? What fortress?

The Toffees have suffered eight home defeats this season, and another loss on Sunday would equal the club’s worst return in club history – nine home losses. The club lost only once at home in David Moyes’ final season in charge in 2012/13.

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3. Missed opportunities

Everton have dropped a total of 37 points from winning positions over the past two seasons. They have dropped 18 this season, with only Tottenham (20) and Liverpool (19) dropping more. While they dropped 19 points from winning positions last season, which was the most in the Premier League.

4. Merseyside misery

Everton’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool on April 20 was the club’s joint-worst Merseyside derby defeat since November 1982. They also lost 4-0 to Liverpool in Martinez’s first season in charge so he failed to really deliver in the biggest game of all.

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5. Leaky defence

Everton have conceded 55 Premier League goals this season – their most since letting in 57 in 2003/04. Their 3-0 defeat to Sunderland on Wednesday night saw the club concede three goals in back-to-back Premier League away games for the first time in seven years. They have now kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 games and the new manager will need to work on the defensive problems immediately.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Leicester City vs. Everton FC

Venue: King Power Stadium – Saturday, May 7 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Leicester 17/20 – Draw 14/5 – Everton 14/5

Match Preview

New Premier League champions Leicester City face Everton in their final home game of the most remarkable season in their history on Saturday evening, with the trophy set to be lifted following the game.

Leicester’s rise to the top of English football has been a miracle and there are no superlatives left to describe their incredible feats this season.

Claudio Ranieri’s men have sealed the title with two games to spare but will still be looking to win their final home game of the campaign here. An incredible atmosphere is expected at the King Power Stadium on Saturday and the players will undoubtedly be on cloud nine, as they have been for much of the season.

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The Foxes have the best home record in the division and are currently unbeaten in 14 at the King Power. They come into this game unbeaten in ten and are unlikely to see that run end on what should be another magical day for the club.

By very stark contrast, Everton have had a season to forget. The Toffees come into the weekend in 11th and had no won in seven before last week’s 2-1 victory over Bournemouth.

Roberto Martinez is under immense pressure and even if his side win each of their last three games, he could be sacked come the end of the term.

Everton have been better on the road this year that at home but have not managed to beat any side in the top six home or away.

The reverse fixture saw Leicester win 3-2 back in December, as two Riyad Mahrez penalties helped the new champions on their way to victory. The Foxes have not beaten Everton at home since 1998 but are expected to seal all three points on Saturday.

Team News

Leicester will be without key midfielder Danny Drinkwater following his red card against Manchester United last weekend. Robert Huth will also miss the rest of the season after being handed a three-game suspension for an incident with Marouane Fellaini last week. Leonardo Ulloa is looking set to miss the game with a back injury, although the Foxes are boosted by the return of Jamie Vardy following a two-game ban.

Everton have one of the league’s longest injury lists at this late stage of the season with five players likely to miss this one. Gerard Deulofeu, Phil Jagielka and Tyias Browning are all out, while Gareth Barry and Seamus Coleman are doubts.

Key Points

Leicester’s last five: W/W/D/W/D

Everton’s last five: D/D/D/L/W

Key Stat: The last five Premier League meetings between these sides on Leicester’s soil have ended in draws.

Key Player: Wes Morgan – The Leicester captain will lift the Premier League trophy following Saturday’s game in what will be a memorable moment for all Foxes fans inside the stadium and beyond. He has enjoyed another fine season, playing every minute of every league game and managed to score his second of the season in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

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Score Prediction

Leicester 2-1 Everton – Leicester have taken English football by storm this weekend and it would only be fitting if they were to win their final home game of the season before lifting the Premier League trophy. Everton should offer a stern test but the Foxes will likely be carried through by the magic of the day and three more points looks likely.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Everton

Venue: Anfield – Wednesday, April 20 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 4/6 – Draw 3/1 – Everton 19/5

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Everton to Anfield on Wednesday night in the Premier League for a midweek Merseyside Derby.

The home side have been on a fine run of form of late and come into this tie unbeaten in their last three league outings.

Liverpool won 2-1 away at Bournemouth last weekend and a win in this fixture could see them move up the table into 6th. Jurgen Klopp will be pleased with the progression his side are making and he will be hoping to end the season in the strongest form possible to build a foundation for Liverpool to mount a top four challenge next campaign. 

There have been six draws in the last seven Merseyside Derby clashes, but Liverpool will be feeling confident they can break that trend heading into this tie. 

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Everton are stuck in a rut of form. They haven’t won any of their last six Premier League games, losing twice and drawing in each of their last three.

There is plenty of room for improvement for Roberto Martinez’s side and a win here would certainly be the lift they are looking for as the season nears its end.

Everton’s last league visit to Anfield ended in a 1-1 draw, a scoreline they would probably be satisfied with heading into this tie given the differing form between the two sides.

The Toffees are sitting in 11th on 41 points and they will want to ensure they can get back into form as only two points separate them and 16th place at this stage.

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Team News

Liverpool have seven injury concerns heading into this tie. Christian Benteke, Emre Can, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Danny Ings are all expected to miss out, while Divock Origi and Kolo Toure are both doubts.

Everton have one less injury concern. Leighton Baines, Tom Cleverley, Seamus Coleman, Tony Hibbert and Aaron Lennon are all doubtful, while Phil Jagielka remains out.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/L/D/W/W

Everton’s last five: L/L/D/D/D

Key Stat: Everton have failed to win in any of their last six Premier League outings and have only scored twice in their last five games. 

Key Player: Roberto Firmino – The Liverpool forward has netted nine goals this season, including his side’s opener last weekend and will look to light up the Merseyside Derby at Anfield here.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 3-1 Everton – Liverpool to continue their run of form and overpower a struggling Everton side in front of the home crowd. It’s been a tough season for Everton, who have underachieved given their squad strength but Liverpool will likely add to their woes with a comfortable victory on Wednesday night.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Aston Villa vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Aston Villa vs. Everton

Venue: Villa Park – Tuesday, March 1 – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Aston Villa 19/5 – Draw 13/5 – Everton 3/4

Match Preview

Aston Villa welcome Everton to Villa Park on Tuesday night as they look to keep any faint hopes of Premier League survival alive in front of their own fans.

The Villains are still rock bottom of the table and are eight points from safety with 11 games to play. It looks as if relegation is a certainty but a miracle finish to the season could give them a chance at somehow beating the drop.

They will need to win the majority of their remaining games to stand a chance, however, and that looks to be an impossible task. Remi Garde’s men fell 2-1 at Stoke on Saturday and didn’t show the spirit of a team fighting for their lives.

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They lost 6-0 to Liverpool in their last home game and although the home supporters deserve so much better from their team, they are unlikely to be given much to cheer about on Tuesday evening.

Everton travel to Villa off the back of a ten-day rest following their FA Cup win at Bournemouth and should be fresh for this clash after spending time in Dubai. They lost 1-0 at home to West Brom in their last league game, despite dominating the match, and will be out to get three points here.

Roberto Martinez’s side have been inconsistent all season but they are unbeaten in seven away trips and destroyed Aston Villa 4-0 in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park back in November.

They look to be in good shape to end the season strongly and will hope that three points on Tuesday can propel them into the top half of the league table.

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Team News

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde will be glad to welcome back Jordan Ayew following his three-game suspension, while Jack Grealish and Carlos Sanchez are both nearing returns from injury and could be in contention to make the squad. Libor Kozak, Adama Traore and Jordan Amavi are all definitely out.

Everton have had ten days to prepare for this game and should arrive fresh. Tony Hibbert and Tyias Browning remain sidelined through injury, while Muhamed Besic is a doubt and is unlikely to be risked.

Key Points

Aston Villa’s last five: D/L/W/L/L

Everton’s last five: D/L/W/W/L

Key Stat: Everton have only lost one away game all season and are now unbeaten in seven matches on the road.

Key Player: Ross Barkley – The Everton playmaker has been in good form this season and scored twice against Villa in the reverse fixture. He has five goals in his last six in all competitions and will look to haunt a struggling Villa defence here.

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Score Prediction

Aston Villa 0-3 Everton – Everton cruised past Villa in the reverse fixture and should prove to far too good for their opponents once again here. If Villa show spirit they could cause the Toffees backline problems, but they have looked like a relegated team for a long time and will likely be confined to their 18th loss of the season on Tuesday night.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Tottenham

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur 

Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, January 3 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 13/8 – Draw 12/5 – Spurs 11/10

Match Preview

Everton take on Tottenham in a key New Year’s clash on Sunday afternoon, with Spurs looking to make it four wins on the bounce as they enter 2016 as title contenders.

Everton will hope the new year can inspire a turnaround of fortunes as they have only won one of their last six Premier League outings.

Roberto Martinez will feel hard done by as the Toffees have been playing some good football. Their 4-3 loss to Stoke on Monday typified their recent bad luck but they must pick back up quickly if they are to take anything from Sunday’s match.

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Spurs travel to Goodison Park as title contenders and are just four points off joint leaders Arsenal and Leicester. They sit in fourth place but there’s no doubt that supporters are now looking higher up the table after a fantastic first half of the campaign.

Tottenham have lost just twice in the first five months of the season and have the best defensive record in the top flight, having conceded just 15 in 19 matches.

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Their recent record with Everton suggests they will keep another clean sheet on Sunday as Spurs have only conceded once in their last five clashes with the Toffees.

Everton haven’t beaten Spurs in the league since 2012. The reverse fixture this term saw the sides play out a tight 0-0 at White Hart Lane and this one is likely to be another close encounter.

Team News

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has a number of injury worries heading into the new year. James McCarthy picked up a groin problem in the loss to Stoke and will miss out here, while Steven Pienaar, Bryan Oviedo, Tony Hibbert, Tyias Browning and Phil Jagielka remain out too. Tom Cleverley is a doubt and may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Tottenham will travel to Everton without Moussa Dembele, after the Belgian picked up an ankle knock in the win at Watford. Alex Pritchard and Clinton N’Jie are also sidelined through injury but those three are Mauricio Pochettino’s only worries heading to Merseyside.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: D/D/L/W/L

Tottenham’s last five: D/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: Tottenham have only conceded one goal in their last five games against Everton in the Premier League, and are unbeaten in six against the Toffees.

Key Player: Dele Alli – The young English midfielder continues to impress with every game he plays in a Tottenham shirt and he now has one goal and two assists in his last three games. He’ll look to continue his fine run here.

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Score Prediction

Everton 1-2 Tottenham – This is likely to be another tight game between the two sides but with Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in great form, goals are to be expected. Tottenham’s fine run means they will expect to just edge what should be a fine game.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Crystal Palace

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs Crystal Palace

Venue: Goodison Park – Monday, December 7 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 21/20 – Draw 13/5 – Crystal Palace 12/5

Match Preview

Everton host Crystal Palace in a key Premier League clash on Monday night with just one point separating the two sides going into the game.

The Toffees have enjoyed a mixed start to the season but are unbeaten in four and now look to be in good shape.

They will be devastated with the way they threw away a two-goal lead against Bournemouth last week, only to draw 3-3, but they followed up that result with a 2-0 League Cup win against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Everton’s Premier League record: P14 – W5 – D6 – L3

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Roberto Martinez’s side have a favourable run of fixtures coming up on paper and will expect to take all three points against Palace on Monday.

Alan Pardew’s Eagles are struggling to soar to the heights they were early on in the season but they have won two of their last three and are better away from home so they will be confident.

They came from behind to beat Newcastle 5-1 last Saturday and beat Liverpool in their last away game. More success on Merseyside will be on the agenda this week.

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Liverpool’s Premier League record: P14 – W7 – D1 – L6

This will be the 13th Premier League meeting between the two sides. Everton have won six of the previous 12 games but have only won one of their last four league games against the Eagles.

Team News

Everton could be without six players for the visit of Palace as Phil Jagielka, Bryan Oviedo, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar are all out, while Tyias Browning and James McCarthy remain doubts.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew will be without three players as Kwesi Appiah and Bakary Sakho are both injured, while Wilfried Zaha is suspended.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: L/W/D/W/D

Crystal Palace’s last five: L/D/W/L/W

Key Stat: Everton have only won one of their last five home games against Crystal Palace in all competitions.

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The powerful striker has six goals in his last six games and looks dangerous every time he gets near the goal. The Palace defence will be fearing the prospect of containing him.

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Score Prediction

Everton 2-1 Crystal Palace – This should be an open and entertaining game between two attacking sides. The Toffees will hope home advantage can help them to take all three points and climb ahead of Palace in the league table.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Sunderland

Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, November 1 – 13:30 GMT (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 4/9 – Draw 7/2 – Sunderland 6/1

Match Preview

Everton welcome Sunderland to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon for an important Premier League clash.

The Toffees edged past Norwich on penalties in their midweek League Cup tie after a 1-1 draw, but they’re looking to rediscover some Premier League form having lost their previous two, albeit against Manchester United and Arsenal.

Roberto Martinez’s side are currently eleventh in the Premier League and need to improve on their poor home form so far this season, which has seen them win just one of their five games at Goodison (D2, L2).

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Six of Everton’s next nine Premier League fixtures, including this one, are against opposition in the bottom half of the table, so they’ll be looking to go on a run that can elevate them towards the top, starting with an important three points here.

Everton’s Premier League record: P10 – W3 – D4 – L3

Sunderland finally secured their first win of the Premier League season last weekend as they beat bitter rivals Newcastle 3-0 in the Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light.

New boss Sam Allardyce will be hoping that result will provide the boost of confidence that can turn their season around, but there is still a lot of work to be done, particularly addressing their dismal form on the road.

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The Black Cats are eighteenth in the table and have picked up just one point on their travels this season, giving them the joint worst record in the league away from home.

Sunderland’s Premier League record: P10 – W1 – D3 – L6

Sunderland’s recent experiences at Goodison Park are promising, having won on their last two visits without conceding a goal – a third consecutive win at Everton would be the first time they’ve done so in the top-flight since 1904.

The last meeting between these two sides was that 2-0 win for Sunderland at Goodison Park in May – a result which helped keep them in the division.

Team News

Everton will be without skipper Phil Jagielka who is out for as long as two months with a knee injury. Seamus Coleman is also a major doubt as he’s suffering with a stomach bug, which also kept him out of their midweek game. On a positive note, both Leighton Baines and Muhamed Besic returned to training this week after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

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Sunderland have a number of doubts as John O’Shea, Younes Kaboul and Ola Toivonen all suffered injuries in the win over Newcastle last weekend. A late decision will be made on their fitness, while Fabio Borini is likely to miss out because of an ankle problem.

Key Points

Everton’s last five in the Premier League: D/W/D/L/L

Sunderland’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/D/L/W

Key Stat: Everton have only beaten Sunderland once in the last five meetings between the two sides (D1, L3).

Key Player: Ross Barkley – The young Englishman has contributed three goals and three assists from midfield already this season and the Toffees will be looking for him to really kick on and take the Premier League by storm in the next few months. He could be the game-changer on Sunday afternoon.

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Score Prediction

Everton 2-1 Sunderland  Everton showed signs of promise at Arsenal last weekend and it seems only a matter of time before consistent results start to come. Sunderland will be solid and compact under Sam Allardyce this season but they might not quite have enough to contain their hosts.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Liverpool

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Liverpool 

Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, October 4 – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 13/8 – Draw 23/10 – Liverpool 13/8

Match Preview 

Everton host bitter rivals Liverpool in the Merseyside derby and one of the standout fixtures this weekend in the Premier League.

The Toffees come into this one off the back of their stunning 3-2 comeback against West Bromwich Albion where they were 2-0 down.

Roberto Martinez’s side are one point outside the Champions League places and although early on in the season that will be on their mind. This is a great chance to send out a message to the clubs around them in the table.

Everton have been slightly inconsistent so far this season, but have proved they are fearing nobody and will be pumped up ahead of this tie. This is the first of three tough upcoming fixtures for the home side which will see them play Manchester United and Arsenal in their next two games. It is important that they take something away from this fixture.

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Liverpool sit 9th in the Premier League and their Europa League clash on Thursday night has only intensified the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.

They have struggled in front of goal so far this season, only netting seven times, and this is a must win game.

Daniel Sturridge marked his return with a brace last weekend and his performance will have lifted the camp and the fans, but they cannot rely on their talisman to provide alone.

Liverpool come into this one off the back of their 3-2 win against Aston Villa, where they suffered a scare having lead 3-0. Their defensive frailties are all too apparent and they cannot afford to give this strong Everton side any indication of their weaknesses otherwise they risk being picked apart.

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Team News  

Everton’s injury woes continue with seven players expected to miss out. Leighton Baines is out until November with his ankle injury. Seamus Coleman, Jon Stones and Muhamed Besic are doubts but could feature. Tom Cleverley, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar remain sidelined.

Liverpool have five players out for this one as Roberto Firmino, Christian Benteke, Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan and Dejan Lovren are sidelined. Daniel Sturridge will expect to lead the line.

Key Points 

Everton’s form: L/D/W/D/W

Liverpool’s form: D/L/L/D/W

Key Stat: Everton have only won one of the last between the sides at Goodison, the last three have all ended in draws.

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The Everton powerhouse had an incredible second half the comeback against West Brom, his performance saw him named man-of-the-match and the Toffees will be praying he can deliver once again.

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Score Prediction

Everton 2-2 Liverpool – The sides to draw in this fixture yet again. A typically high-paced, entertaining Merseyside derby.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Chelsea 

Venue: Goodison Park – Saturday, September 12 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 3/1 – Draw 23/10 – Chelsea 19/20

Match Preview 

Premier League action returns this weekend after the international break with Everton hosting the struggling champions Chelsea.

Roberto Martinez’s side have made an inconsistent start to the season and will want to kick on to give them every chance of pushing for a Champions League spot. They will see this as a chance to take points from a well below-par Chelsea side.

Everton have some tricky fixtures coming up and will want to head into them full of confidence, a win in this one would be the perfect way to come back after the two week break.

This fixture ended 6-3 to Chelsea last season, with both sides having shocking defensive performances that afternoon. We can expect a far tighter tie this time around.

A key aspect of the tie will be how John Stones performs, he will be under the spotlight after the summer transfer saga with Chelsea and he has the opportunity here to show Everton fans why the club pushed so hard to ensure he stayed.

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This game is a must win for Chelsea and if they fail to do so, even this early on in the season, will have a major impact on their defence of the Premier League as it will give Manchester City the chance to go 11 points clear at the top.

Jose Mourinho’s side have had an awful start to the season and come into the game off the back of their 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace before the international break. Their upcoming fixtures will become even harder if they don’t take at least a point here.

Mourinho may reshuffle his side once again as many of his stars have struggled to get going in their opening four games.

Eden Hazard had another below-par performance for Belgium but did score late on in their game against Cyprus. He came under criticism and praise from his national coach, who said he would have been subbed were it not for his ability to come up with the goods late on. Chelsea desperately need their key man to step it up a gear and get them back on track.

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Team News  

Everton’s injury woes continue with seven players expected to miss out. Leighton Baines is out until November as he is recovering from an ankle injury. Tom Cleverley, Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar are sidelined, while Byran Oviedo and Brendan Galloway are doubts.

Chelsea are expected to be without Thibaut Courtois, who picked up a knee injury in training and Oscar remains a doubt. John Terry is available again after his suspension and Baba Rahman could deputise for Branislav Ivanovic who has had a poor start to the season. If Rahman does play we can expect Cesar Azpilicueta to be switched to right back to allow the Ghanian to make his debut in his natural position of left back.

Key Points 

Everton’s form: D/W/L/D

Chelsea’s form: D/L/W/L

Key Stat: Chelsea are unbeaten in 34 of their last 38 meetings against Everton in all competitions.

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The former Chelsea man will be looking to take advantage of their poor start to the season and will no doubt be a handful for whoever Jose Mourinho selects in defence. The Belgian international has started the season well, scoring two in four appearances and will hope he can score his first goal against Chelsea.

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Score Prediction

Everton 2-1 Chelsea – The champions problems to continue in a fixture which they never find easy.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Manchester City 

Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, August 23 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 7/2 – Draw 3/1 – Manchester City 7/10

Match Preview 

Everton host Manchester City in one of the stand out fixtures of the weekend. The Toffees will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the 2015/16 Premier League season while City want to maintain their 100% record.

Everton come into the game off the back of their impressive 3-0 away win against Southampton, which was a bit of a shock result considering the qualities the Saints possess. Roberto Martinez will be pleased with his sides start to the season and although it is a very early stage, his players seem to have clicked into gear.

Romelu Lukaku has wasted no time finding his feet this season, with that impressive brace last weekend. He will be expecting to better last seasons tally of ten league goals and is looking sharp, he could cause the City defence all sorts of problems.

Last seasons meeting between the sides ended 1-1 at Goodison Park, this game provides a good chance for Martinez’s men to send out a message that they are ready to challenge for a top four spot.

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Manchester City have started the season in scintillating form. 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.

Manuel Pellegrini will be delighted with the demolition of title rivals Chelsea and City showed their desire to regain their Premier League crown from the Blues.

City will be well aware of Everton’s performance against Southampton but will be expecting to take all three points here. Raheem Sterling can expect a hostile welcome from the home fans given his Liverpool connection, he will be keen to show why City paid the staggering fee to acquire his services.

Sergio Aguero tormented the Chelsea defence last weekend and he will be looking to win the golden boot once again. His tally of 26 league goals was enough to win the accolade last campaign and no doubt he will be challenging all season to better that total. City are an immense force with their spine of Joe Hart, captain Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero in form, and those four players have started the season very well.

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Team News  

Everton have five injury concerns. Martinez is expected to be without fan-favourtie Leighton Baines until November as he is recovering from an ankle injury. Tony Hibbert, Aidan McGeady, Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar are all set to be sidelined for this one. 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.

Manchester City are without Fernando and Pablo Zabaleta. New signing Fabian Delph could return but that will more than likely be a place on the bench if he is declared fit. This weeks £32 million signing, Nicolas Otamendi, is expected to have to wait for his full debut, as Manuel Pellegrini, similarly to Roberto Martinez, will leave his side unchanged.

Key Points 

Everton’s form: D/W

Manchester City’s form: W/W

Key Stat: Ruthless – Manchester City have won their last eight Premier League outings, they’re averaging three goals a game having scored netted 24 times in those eight matches.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The Argentinian is unplayable at the top of his game. He will be eager to build on his performance from last weekend.

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Score Prediction

Everton 1-2 Manchester City – City to prove too much for Everton to handle and maintain their 100% start to the season.