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EVERTON v CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

13 May 2016

EVERTON

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

TOFFEES IN FOCUSĀ 
Everton will go into Sunday's game without a permanent manager after Roberto Martinez left the club on Thursday.



A Toffees statement read: "The Chairman and the Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks for the dedication and commitment Roberto has shown during his three seasons with the Club.

"Roberto has been a great ambassador for the Club, conducting himself, at all times, with the utmost integrity and dignity."

Former defender and current Under-21s coach David Unsworth will take charge of the team at the weekend alongside ex-Canary Joe Royle.

STAR PLAYER
Romelu Lukaku's goal tally remains impressive despite his form tailing off during Everton's poor end to the season.

The Belgium international hasn't found the net since the middle of March but his total of 18 league strikes still leaves him fourth in the Premier League's top scorer table behind Sergio Aguero, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane.



Lukaku, 22, is finishing his third season with the Merseysiders after signing initially on loan in 2013 before making the move permanent in a club record deal from Chelsea a year later.

He started his career with Anderlecht, where his reputation as one of the hottest prospects in European football helped earn him a switch to Stamford Bridge in 2011 - though his biggest impacts were to come in loan moves.

LAST TIME OUT
The Toffees surrendered limply against Sunderland on Wednesday, losing 3-0 and condemning Norwich City to relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Still harbouring hopes of a top-ten finish before kick-off despite an underwhelming campaign, Everton went behind on 38 minutes through Patrick van Aanholt's free-kick.



Sunderland doubled their advantage just four minutes later when Lamine Kone volleyed in from close-range after the visitors failed to deal with a corner.

Kone then scored his second and his team's third ten minutes into the second half as Everton lost for the third time in four matches.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Joel Robles, Tim Howard.

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

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

Attackers: Arouna Kone, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Oumar Niasse, Gerard Deulofeu.



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