London - Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is set to
include playmaker David Silva for the title contenders Premier League match at
Everton on Saturday.
City may be third in the table, three points behind leaders
Liverpool and two adrift of second-placed Chelsea but, significantly,
Pellegrini's men still have three league matches to play compared to their
title rivals two' and a superior goal difference.
Spain star Silva missed City's win at Crystal Palace last
weekend after being carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury in the
club's previous match against West Brom.
But the 28-year-old has now recovered and could face an
Everton side who still haven't given up hope of overhauling Arsenal in the race
for fourth place and a Champions League spot, although the Europa League looks
the Merseysiders' most likely target.
"David is a very important player for us. He will be in
the squad list," Pellegrini said Friday.
"The only player we have injured is Jesus Navas. All
the rest of the squad are fit."
Nava has missed City's last three games with an ankle
After their trip to Goodison Park, City conclude their
season with home games against Aston Villa and West Ham.
But while those two fixtures at Eastlands look eminently
'winnable', City's record against Everton suggests this weekend's match could
be a very different story.
City have won just five of their last 19 matches against the
Toffees and have lost on their last four visits to Goodison.
"I think Everton at any stage of the season will always
be a difficult team," Pellegrini said.
"They play very well, Roberto (Martinez, the Everton
manager) is doing a very good job there, the same way he did before at Wigan.
"He is playing for Champions League, Europa League.
"We don't expect anything at Everton. We are sure we
are going to have a very tough game there."
Victory for Everton could give city rivals Liverpool a
priceless advantage in the title race but Pellegrini said such thoughts would
be far from the minds of Martinez's men.
"The feeling outside will not decide the match. I think
the Everton players will try to win the game," he said.
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