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CITY v EVERTON: OPPOSITION VIEW

11 December 2015

EVERTON

Nickname: The Toffees
Manager: Roberto Martinez
2014-15: 11th
Ground: Goodison Park

MARTINEZ ON SATURDAY
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has already seen enough of Norwich City this season to know what his side will come up against on Saturday.

Speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference on Thursday, the Spaniard reflected on October's meeting in the Capital One Cup at Goodison.

"We know we will be facing a brave team with a lot of energy, although the Cup tie was a very different game to this one," the 42-year-old explained.



"This is the most competitive league I've seen. Unless you're perfect on the day, you won't get anything from a game.

"I think we are giving consistent levels now. Our only objective is to be as good as we can in each 90 minutes as they come.

"The squad we had for Palace is fit and available, while James McCarthy will have a late fitness test. Leighton Baines is getting close to starting but we need to manage his workload carefully.

STAR PLAYER
Romelu Lukaku might be just 22 years old, but he reached a significant goalscoring milestone for his club this week.

The Belgian star notched his 50th Everton goal in just his 100th appearance for the Merseysiders as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace.



Lukaku has hit top form this season, having now struck in six consecutive games in all competitions ahead of Saturday's visit to Carrow Road.

He progressed through the ranks at Anderlecht before moving to Chelsea for £18m in 2011. Loan stints at West Bromwich Albion and Everton preceded his permanent switch to Goodison Park in 2014.

LAST TIME OUT
The Toffees had to settle for a point despite a dominant second half performance in Monday's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

Roberto Martinez's side pressed their opponents back at Goodison Park, but Palace hit them with a sucker punch when Scott Dann converted a free header with 14 minutes left on the clock.



Everton were straight back on the ascendancy, however, and got a deserved equaliser when Romelu Lukaku turned in Gerard Deulofeu's cross from close-range.

Lukaku had hit the woodwork twice earlier on in the game, but the spoils were shared as Alan Pardew's Eagles continued their impressive form on the road.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Joel Robles, Tim Howard.

Defenders: Tony Hibbert, Leighton Baines, John Stones, Phil Jagielka (c), Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori, Tyias Browning, Mason Holgate, Brendan Galloway, Matthew Pennington.

Midfielders
: Darron Gibson, Aiden McGeady, Bryan Oviedo, Aaron Lennon, Tom Cleverley, James McCarthy, Muhamed Besic, Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar.

Attackers: Arouna Kone, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith, Gerard Deulofeu, Leandro Rodriguez.



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