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Manchester City will aim to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea when they entertain Everton at the Etihad this evening.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side moved second in the table thanks to back to back defeats for Southampton and their own recent run of form, one which includes a success over the Saints.
Last time out they defeated Sunderland 4-1 thanks to two goals and an assist from in-form Sergio Aguero. The win extended their recent unbeaten run to five games, a sequence of results that has put them back in contention both in the league and in Europe.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Pellegrini pointed to the recent 3-2 win over Bayern Munich as the catalyst for his team’s recent good results.
“That game helped us a lot,” he told the club’s official website of that UEFA Champions League triumph.
“Now we are in a very good moment but we must continue like this because we are playing every three days and that can change.
“So we need to give 100 per cent in every game and be behind Chelsea and expect them to drop points.
“We have more confidence because we had a bad period two or three weeks ago when we didn’t play so well but now we’re back and we feel good.”
The results have been all the more impressive as they have been achieved without David Silva. The Spanish star is once again likely to be missing on Saturday and he will be joined in the stands by Stevan Jovetic, a midweek goal-scorer against Sunderland.
Jovetic suffered a knock midweek and is a major doubt while Silva is still struggling with a knee injury.
Captain Vincent Kompany (hamstring) will also be unavailable to face Everton however leksandr Kolarov and Edin Dzeko (both calf) are ready to return.
Everton for their part have doubts over Darron Gibson (knee), Steven Naismith and James McCarthy (both hamstring).
The club have drew with Hull midweek, the result coming days after they went down 2-1 to Spurs.