Everton v Man City preview
Man City will hope things continue to fall into place in their race for a European spot at Everton.
Last Updated: 06/05/11 3:40pm
Manchester City will hope things continue to fall into place in their race for a European spot when they visit Everton this weekend.
Roberto Mancini's men travel to Goodison Park on Saturday sitting a relatively comfortable fourth in the Premier League table, seven points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool with a game in hand.
The Blues will also be buoyed by a run of form which has seen them secure three wins from their last four league encounters, including a 2-1 victory over basement side West Ham last time out.
City are likely to have one eye on their clash with fourth-place challengers Tottenham on Tuesday, which could see them wrap up the coveted fourth UEFA Champions League spot, depending on the weekend's results.
Everton's hopes of playing in Europe next season appear all but over, with a Europa League place seemingly beyond their reach.
David Moyes' men are currently seventh in the table and seven points adrift of Liverpool and Tottenham, sitting fifth and sixth respectively.
However, the Toffees will be keen to keep hold of their spot in the standings after steering clear of relegation trouble, and will hope to capitalise on their solid home record against City.
Mancini's side will not want a repeat of the two sides' showdown at Eastlands in December, when goals from Tim Cahill and youngster Leighton Baines left them empty-handed.
But City have not triumphed at Goodison since April 2009 - ending a winless streak there that stretched back to October 1992.
Defender John Heitinga is back in contention for the clash after two games out with a hamstring injury.
Midfielders Tim Cahill (foot) and Mikel Arteta (hamstring) are also closer to full match fitness after playing for just over an hour against Wigan last weekend.
Marouane Fellaini and Louis Saha (both ankle) are the only major absentees having been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Micah Richards could return to the City squad for the trip to Merseyside after spending six weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
Manager Mancini is ready to hand the full-back a place on the bench, with the youngster a possibility to feature.
Star striker Carlos Tevez is not expected to be involved as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury, with the Argentinian hoping to be fit for City's FA Cup final against Stoke later this month.
Pablo Zabaleta and Nigel de Jong have recovered from minor knocks and are available for selection.
Possible starting XIs:
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Neville, Rodwell, Arteta, Cahill, Anichebe.
City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong, Barry, A Johnson, Y Toure, Silva, Balotelli.