Everton v Manchester City Odds : Toffees look big price to upset Man City title charge
Everton welcome Manchester City to Goodison Park on Saturday knowing that a win at a big price of 4/1 would all but hand the title to their cross-park rivals Liverpool.
The Reds defeat at Chelsea last weekend meant that City assumed control of the title race with their destiny now in their own hands.
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Three wins from their final three games would see the title head to the Etihad but they face a tough task at a ground where they have struggled in the past.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have lost four of their last five visits to Merseyside and that stat will weigh heavy on the minds of the City players.
While Everton manager Roberto Martinez gave some hope to City fans when he warned rivals Liverpool not to expect any favours from the Toffees, the club still have plenty left to play for themselves.
A win for Everton would keep them in the hunt for the final Champions league spot, conversely a defeat would allow Spurs to move level on points and ensure that the race for the Europa league spot would go down to the wire.
With so much left to play for Martinez has vowed to try and win the game but revealed that he will be doing it for the good of Everton football club and not those involved in the title race.
He said: “I don’t think there’s any doubt about the integrity of our football club towards the league and towards the competition.
“We are a football team and football club who want to win every game we go into and we’re looking at ourselves (Saturday).
“They’re precious points for us so we can’t afford not to give everything to get every point we have left, but helping other teams is not the way we do our work.”
Everton will be without Gareth Barry as he ineligible to play against his parent club meaning that Leon Osman could move into a more central position.
The club will be boosted by the return of defensive stalwarts Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin with the pair set to be included in the squad.
City meanwhile could reunite Fernandinho and Yaya Toure in the middle of the park after the Brazilian was forced to start last weekend’s win over Crystal Palace on the bench.
A goal for Toure would see him become the first central midfielder since Frank Lampard in the 2009/2010 season to break 20 goals.