Everton hopes to continue dominance over City

Hundreds of millions of dollars may separate Manchester City and Everton, but the Toffees will be eyeing a fifth successive win at Eastlands on Saturday when they visit City.

The Citizens boast a roster stocked with world-class talent, but according to Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, it is the club's spirit which has made the difference.

In last season's match at Eastlands, Everton came away with a 2-1 win, and Howard saw how important the result was not only for his team, but also the fans.

"Manchester City will be a difficult task," Howard told evertontv. "But we need to go there and dig in and be resilient - it has worked for us in the past.

"(Last year) you could see the elation on all of the players' faces. It was such a cold night and our fans were out in their thousands and that win really galvanized the club.

"I think the players and fans really embraced that win and it showed that it is not all about money, it is about performances and spirit. We talked about having spirit but we proved it that night."

Everton enters the match having taken seven points from its last three games, while City saw its perfect start to the season come to an end at Craven Cottage with the team settling for a 2-2 draw after taking a two-goal lead against Fulham.

Manchester United claimed sole possession of the top spot in the league with a 3-1 win over Chelsea last weekend. But Sir Alex Ferguson's side faces a tough road test at the Britannia Stadium against a Stoke City side that lost its first game of the season, 4-0 to Sunderland, last time out.

Chelsea will try to bounce back from the United defeat with a win at home against Swansea City, which collected its first victory in the top flight last weekend by beating West Bromwich, 3-0.

Newcastle is unbeaten through five games and puts that mark on the line at St James' Park against Blackburn, while Arsenal tries to turn around its dismal start to the season with a win at home against Bolton.

Liverpool has lost two straight following a good start to the campaign and the Reds will host Wolverhampton. West Brom occupies a place on the bottom of the league after losing four of five games and the Baggies entertain Fulham.

Tottenham visits Wigan with Spurs having won two straight games, Aston Villa visits QPR on Sunday and Monday's match features Norwich City playing host to Sunderland.