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Image: Roberto Mancini's Manchester City will be looking to maintain Premier League advantage

Man City return to Premier League action against Everton on a key night in the title race, with Man Utd and Tottenham also taking to the field.

Man City face Everton; Man Utd meet Stoke

Manchester City return to Premier League action against Everton on a key night in the title race, with Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea also taking to the field. While the events of transfer deadline day may be the main focus for many fans, as well as players and managers, it could be just as important an evening on the pitch for those teams desperately seeking points. Manchester City have not played since being eliminated from the Carling Cup by Liverpool last Wednesday at the semi-final stage, but their most recent outing in the league was a thrilling 3-2 victory over Tottenham that kept them in pole position to become champions and they will be looking to maintain their advantage at Goodison Park. Everton, who have an excellent home record against City, will be keen to build on an FA Cup victory over Fulham and consolidate a mid-table position. Manchester United, who also suffered cup heartache against Liverpool in their last encounter, are three points adrift of their local rivals ahead of a home match against Stoke. The Potters held the Red Devils to a 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium earlier in the season and will be hoping to do further damage to their title hopes on Tuesday to keep in touch with the top seven.

Stranded

Tottenham are now eight points off the pace following their agonising defeat at the Etihad Stadium but have remained defiant about their chances and will want to bounce back with a victory over Wigan at White Hart Lane. The Latics, currently stranded at the bottom of the table, have very different ambitions and will be trying to end a run of seven games without a win. Fourth-placed Chelsea will also be hoping to stay in contention with the leaders after a goalless draw with Norwich left them 13 points adrift of City, but they face a tricky assignment against another promoted side. Swansea, managed by former Blues coach Brendan Rodgers, have proven to be a match for anyone at the Liberty Stadium this season and will sense the opportunity to claim another famous scalp. The final game of the night pits Wolves against Liverpool in a crucial encounter for both sides. While Mick McCarthy's men are without a win in eight Premier League outings and languishing in the relishing zone, Kenny Dalglish's Reds have been buoyed by recent cup success and will now be setting their sights on pushing back into the top four.

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