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Where: Goodison Park
When: Saturday, May 3, 5.30 p.m.
The biggest game in the EPL this weekend sees title-chasing Manchester City travel to Champions League hopefuls Everton for what promises to be a stern test of character for both sides with the finish line almost in sight.
Two disappointing defeats to Crystal Palace and Southampton in their last three games have derailed the Toffees’ chances of finishing fourth and claiming a Champions League berth for the first time since their one and only appearance in 2005/06.
The hosts need to win both of their remaining games and hope rivals Arsenal fail to win both of their fixtures, but they don’t come much tougher than City, even at Goodison, where they have only lost twice in the league this season.
City enter the game having won only three of their last six matches, including the decisive 3-2 defeat at Anfield to rivals Liverpool, but know three wins from their three outstanding fixtures will see them lift the Premier League trophy for the second time in three years.
While Everton have enjoyed considerable success over City in recent seasons, it’s difficult to see them recovering from the disappointments of recent defeats to deny Manuel Pellegrini’s men—and, in turn, hand the advantage back to Liverpool, who are close to their first Premier League title since 1990.
If the likes of City’s Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany are on form, Everton, like so many others, will find it tough. With that being said, with five defeats away from the Etihad Stadium, the Citizens are much more vulnerable on the road.