Everton produced a masterclass in counter attacking football last week in their win against Southampton and they will look to replicate this against a Manchester City side which have started the season on fire, blowing away West Brom and champions Chelsea 3-0.
Arguably, Everton’s most impressive performances last season (Wolfsburg away, Manchester United at home) came when they sat deep before surging forward in numbers and this should give the Toffees confidence this Sunday.
Roberto Martinez will know that his defence will have to be at their best against City and will put his faith in John Stones yet again, despite constant rumours surrounding his future. The 21-year-old the centre back was superb against the Saints with a 100% tackle success rate.
Aiden McGeady is available after injury and Kevin Miralles could come in for Tom Cleverly to provide extra pace.
Steven Pienaar and Tony Hibbert remain out while Darron Gibson may have sealed his exit from the club after his drink driving incident earlier this week.
Manchester City have added Nicolas Otamendi to their squad but manager Manuel Pellegrini is expected to name an unchanged side from the one that beat Chelsea.
City were outstanding in their victory last weekend with constant incisive attacking play and Pellegrini will want more of the same this Sunday.
Sergio Agüero struck seven of City’s 18 shots against the Blues and looks in the mood to retain his Golden Boot from last year.
Despite this, Vincent Kompany is the top goal scorer at the club and is beginning to answer the questions that were asked of him over the summer.
City will want to improve their record at Goodison Park as they have won only three times in their last 18 visits to the ground.
If Fernandinho can produce a performance similar to his excellent display last week then the chances are that record could begin to improve over the weekend.
Pablo Zabaleta is out and faces four weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury, while Fernando and Fabian Delph face late fitness tests.
League Position: Everton – 5th, 4 pts; Manchester City – 1st, 6 pts
Last Meeting: Everton 1-1 Manchester City, January 2015
Key Men: Everton – Romelu Lukaku; Manchester City – Sergio Agüero
Form: Everton- DW; Manchester City – WW
Shoot Says: 1-3