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City continues title push at Everton

Liverpool, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Manchester City has climbed into pole position to seal the Premier League title, but the club's road to silverware will not be an easy one as it travels to Goodison Park on Saturday for a stern test against Everton.

The Citizens were handed a major lifeline in their quest for a second league title in three years when Chelsea defeated first-place Liverpool last weekend.

Should both City and Liverpool win their remaining matches, Manuel Pellegrini's men would likely claim the title on goal difference given their eight-goal lead over the Reds in that department.

But Saturday's fixture at Goodison should serve as City's greatest remaining test for the title. Not only is Everton a worthy adversary, but the Citizens have struggled away from the Etihad, taking just 32 points from its 18 road matches this term.

Fernandinho, however, is confident that his rejuvenated City side can implement a proactive approach in what is sure to be an intense atmosphere against fifth-place Everton.

"It's a massive game for both teams," Fernandinho told City's official website. "We are trying to keep fighting for the title and need to play to win the game, which hopefully we can do.

"They are at home in front of their fans, and they are always good at home. The atmosphere is also good there, and they will play with a lot of intensity - we have to be ready for that. It will be a very tough game. We will need to play our best football, in the way we have played for the last month. We cannot change, we have our style and we don't need to change, whether we are at home or away."

Everton, which has dropped two of its last three league games, still holds an outside chance of securing a Champions League spot, but it will need Arsenal to take no more than two points from its final two matches.

The Gunners, entering the weekend in fourth place with 73 points, will host West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates on Sunday before closing out its season Norwich City.

Norwich, meanwhile, has slipped into the relegation discussion following a run of five straight defeats. The Canaries come into the round third from bottom on 32 points, and points will be hard to come by in the final weeks as they head to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Sunday before closing out their season against the Gunners.

Fulham and Cardiff City are also hoping to stay in the English top flight, though they both enter the weekend in the relegation zone. The Cottagers, sitting second from bottom, will head to the Britannia to face Stoke City while Cardiff will take on a woeful Newcastle side at St. James' Park on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, West Ham United hosts Tottenham at Upton Park, Manchester United squares off with surging Sunderland at Old Trafford and Southampton travels to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City.

Monday's lone fixture will pit Liverpool up against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park as the Reds will attempt to match City's result against Everton.

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