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Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the left by-line, Landon Donovan manages to make a clearance.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Darron Gibson.
Edin Dzeko produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Apostolos Vellios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Micah Richards. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
The official flags Vincent Kompany offside. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
Adam Johnson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Apostolos Vellios manages to make a clearance.
Denis Stracqualursi leaves the field to be replaced by Apostolos Vellios.
Gareth Barry goes off and Nigel De Jong comes on.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Tony Hibbert.
Jose Baxter takes a shot. Gael Clichy gets a block in.
Edin Dzeko has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Blocked by Tony Hibbert.
Shot by Denis Stracqualursi missed to the left of the net.
Jose Baxter is brought on as a substitute for Royston Drenthe.
Effort from deep inside the area by Micah Richards clears the bar.
Royston Drenthe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson. Royston Drenthe is given a yellow card. Free kick crossed by Aleksandar Kolarov, Denis Stracqualursi makes a clearance.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Darron Gibson.
Aleksandar Kolarov challenges Landon Donovan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Neville takes the indirect free kick.
Denis Stracqualursi challenges Micah Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.
Darron Gibson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.
Unfair challenge on Adam Johnson by Leighton Baines results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from right wing, Tim Howard manages to make a clearance.
Adam Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Leighton Baines.
Aleksandar Kolarov is brought on as a substitute for Joleon Lescott.
Darron Gibson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by Marouane Fellaini. Samir Nasri takes the indirect free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Edin Dzeko. Tony Hibbert takes the direct free kick.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Adam Johnson coming on for James Milner.
Darron Gibson scores a goal from just inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Man City.The assist for the goal came from Landon Donovan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joleon Lescott on Denis Stracqualursi. Joleon Lescott goes into the book. Landon Donovan restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the right by-line to the near post, Marouane Fellaini makes a clearance.
Edin Dzeko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony Hibbert. Phil Neville takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Tim Howard by Joleon Lescott results in a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri played to the near post, clearance by Marouane Fellaini.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Leighton Baines.
Denis Stracqualursi takes a shot.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Micah Richards. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against David Silva. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Milner by Royston Drenthe. Samir Nasri takes the free kick.
The official flags Tim Cahill offside. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Samir Nasri on Royston Drenthe, free kick awarded. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by James Milner played to the near post.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
Unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
The referee blows for offside. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
Samir Nasri takes a shot.
Effort from deep inside the area by Marouane Fellaini misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Landon Donovan from the left by-line, clearance by Edin Dzeko.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Vincent Kompany on Tim Cahill. Booking for Vincent Kompany. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines.
Foul by Denis Stracqualursi on Joe Hart, free kick awarded. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill. Free kick crossed right-footed by Landon Donovan from right channel, Gael Clichy manages to make a clearance.
Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri. Vincent Kompany takes the indirect free kick.
Micah Richards fouled by Royston Drenthe, the ref awards a free kick. Samir Nasri takes the indirect free kick.
David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
Sergio Aguero has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Royston Drenthe by James Milner results in a free kick. Royston Drenthe restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Tony Hibbert.
Micah Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Royston Drenthe. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
Corner taken by David Silva played to the near post, save by Tim Howard.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Landon Donovan from the left by-line to the near post, Edin Dzeko manages to make a clearance.
Gael Clichy has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
Denis Stracqualursi takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Corner taken by David Silva, Joleon Lescott takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Micah Richards takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
The official flags Marouane Fellaini offside. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Royston Drenthe, Denis Stracqualursi takes a shot. Clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
Leighton Baines concedes a free kick for a foul on James Milner. Micah Richards takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against James Milner. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Johnny Heitinga on Edin Dzeko, free kick awarded. Samir Nasri takes the free kick.
Moyes hopes City have off night
Everton boss David Moyes hopes his team can catch title favourites Manchester City on an "off night".
Moyes' side have an excellent record against City, particularly at home, having lost just one of the last 13 Barclays Premier League meetings between the sides at Goodison Park.
Yet Moyes feels City's dramatic recent rise renders a lot of those statistics as irrelevant and is hoping the leaders' difficult January continues.
City still hold a three-point lead at the top of the table but have gone out of both domestic cup competitions since the turn of the year and been without some key players.
Moyes said: "I think all sides will go through periods of difficulty during a season and Man City are probably just in a bit of that at the moment.
"They have lost a couple of boys to the African Nations Cup and there have been a couple of disciplinary things which they see haven't gone their way. It can sometimes just upset the rhythm at the club.
"Let's hope it is upset because we are going to have to hopefully catch them on an off night and us play very well.
"Over the years we have always had quite a good record against Manchester City.
"The difference is they have improved, and they have improved from last season. You can see that from their league position.
"Their players have got better, there is more belief, more understanding playing alongside each other.
"We are coming up against a far better, far greater Manchester City side than even we played last year."
Moyes expects his team - trailing in a lowly 14th place, 28 points behind City - to compete fully as they did against them in the reverse fixture last September.
He said: "We lost 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium but I thought we played quite well on the day.
"We limited them up to 75 minutes. We didn't have many attacking options to cause them many problems but at that time they were scoring freely.
"We lost a goal when we gave the ball away in the middle of the park then they scored in the 90th minute to make it two and (Marouane) Fellaini had one kicked off the line in the last minute."
Everton's form ahead of the contest is indifferent with just one win from their last six in the Premier League. The Merseysiders have also managed just three wins from their 11 home fixtures.
They at least go into the game in good heart after seeing off Fulham 2-1 with a hard-working performance in the FA Cup fourth round last Friday.
Moyes said: "We are in the next round of the FA Cup. It doesn't always matter how you get through, you just want to get in.
"Hopefully, if there is any way it helps us towards the league, then great. You can never tell but hopefully the result gives us a bit of confidence."
Shane Duffy could continue in central defence in the absence of Sylvain Distin (hamstring) and Phil Jagielka (knee) although fit-again veteran Tony Hibbert is an option.
City boss Roberto Mancini admits the on-going future of Carlos Tevez ahead of the close of the transfer window is an unwanted sideshow prior to an important Premier League encounter with Everton.
"[On Monday night] we go to sleep, [Tuesday] we wake up and we have a game," he said.
"That is the most important thing for us between now and [Tuesday] night."
With Mario Balotelli serving the second game of a four-match suspension and Yaya and Kolo Toure on African Nations Cup duty with the Ivory Coast, Mancini is relieved to have skipper Vincent Kompany available again.
The Belgium skipper has missed four matches since his controversial dismissal against Manchester United at the beginning of the month.
However, he is now free to assume the captain's armband and replace youngster Stefan Savic, who retains his manager's support despite some high-profile mistakes during Kompany's absence.
"Stefan is a young player and when you are young, you can be in trouble for nothing," said Mancini.
"Stefan should be quiet. He is a good player but he needs to improve."
Kompany is the real deal though, one of the best in Europe in Mancini's eyes.
"It is important to have Vincent back," he said. "He is a strong defender, who has improved a lot in the last two or three years.
"He is a leader and our captain, one of the best defenders in Europe now and someone who can still improve a lot."
Gibson rocks City
Former Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson boosted his old club's title chances by firing Everton to a stunning 1-0 win over Manchester City.
Gibson lashed home his first goal since quitting Old Trafford earlier this month as the Barclays Premier League leaders slipped up at Goodison Park.
The visitors hit the bar in the first half through Samir Nasri but Everton, who earlier saw a Denis Stracqualursi effort cleared off the line, again proved stubborn opposition for City.
City had won just one of their previous 13 league visits to Everton and the extension of that poor record left them top of the table only on goal difference.
Manager Roberto Mancini was again frustrated by another controversial decision as his team were denied a late penalty for handball by Phil Neville but referee Peter Walton ruled any contact accidental.
It was an eventful contest which also saw a bizarre interruption when a protester chained himself to a goalpost.
Everton were buoyed by their capture of striker Nikica Jelavic from Rangers, which was confirmed during the game and the Croatian was paraded at half-time.
David Moyes reshuffled his back line with veteran full-back Tony Hibbert, in the continued absence of Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka, coming in at centre-half in place of 20-year-old Shane Duffy.
On-loan Argentinian Stracqualursi was given another chance up front as Louis Saha, with rumours linking him with a deadline day move to Tottenham, was missing from the teamsheet.
City welcomed back influential captain Vincent Kompany after a four-match suspension but the frustration they have felt over two cup exits and numerous decisions in recent weeks only continued.
Stracqualursi, who scored his first Everton goal in last Friday's FA Cup win over Fulham, went close to doubling his club tally when he forced Joleon Lescott to head off the line with five minutes gone. He pleaded for a goal after beating Joe Hart with a powerful header from a Leighton Baines corner but replays showed former Everton man Lescott had cleared.
Sergio Aguero brilliantly controlled a long David Silva pass to create an opportunity on the edge of the Everton box but shot wide, before Everton were awarded a free-kick 30 yards out after Gareth Barry clattered into Tim Cahill - but Kompany headed away Landon Donovan's ball into the box.
Hart was incensed after being bundled over by Stracqualursi but Walton had awarded him a free-kick before Donovan blazed over.
After Kompany was booked for pushing over Cahill and Marouane Fellaini had twice gone close, City almost opened the scoring as Nasri struck the bar with a crisp 30-yard shot. Aguero raced in for the rebound but was flagged offside.
Play was held up just before the interval when a man ran into Hart's goalmouth at the Park End and handcuffed himself to one of the posts. He was removed by police and led away after a short struggle but Walton played five minutes of stoppage time.
City started the second half well with Nasri whipping in a low cross which just evaded Edin Dzeko before the Bosnian then headed straight at Tim Howard.
Aguero then had a shot deflected behind but Lescott was penalised for a foul on Howard at the resulting corner.
Everton made City pay for their failure to take advantage of their possession as they made the breakthrough just before the hour.
Royston Drenthe forced the visitors back before Baines found Donovan in space with a deep cross into the box.
The American calmly laid off the ball for the inrushing Gibson, who fired in from the edge of the box - via a deflection off Barry.
City tried to respond as Nasri got to the byline but his ball in bounced onto the bar and behind, before Gibson volleyed narrowly wide from 20 yards moments later.
City appealed for a penalty for handball after substitute Aleksandar Kolarov hit the ball at Neville but Walton saw nothing untoward.
City were almost caught on the break as they protested but Micah Richards got back to deny Donovan.
Mancini's men poured forward as time ran out but were unable to find a way through, with Nasri having their final effort - a shot which was deflected into Howard's arms.
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