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Two Premier League sides in desperate need of three points meet on Merseyside on Saturday evening with our tipster backing an open first half containing at least two goals

Everton and Manchester City clash on Saturday evening with both sides needing points as the end of the season looms. The visitors are in pole position for the Premier League title, having to win their remaining three matches to be give themselves the best chance of being crowned champions, with the Toffees still in the hunt for fourth place and a spot in the Champions League.

Everton come into this match having slipped up away at Southampton. Two first-half own-goals put the game beyond them at St Mary's Stadium, with Roberto Martinez's side now having to rely on Arsenal to drop points if they are to have a chance of snatching the fourth spot.

Even as they need Gunners to slip up, the Toffees would still have to beat City and Hull City away on the final day of the season. Paddy Power price them at 7/2 (4.50) to beat the title favourites on Saturday.

Manuel Pellegrini brings his side into this game after a solid victory away at Crystal Palace. City took full advantage of Chelsea's win at Liverpool to close to gap on the Reds to three points with a game in hand, while their superior goal difference gives them a tiebreaking advantage.

A win against Everton is vital if they realistically want to win the league, with Paddy Power pricing them at 3/4 (1.75) to do so. The same firm price the draw at 14/5 (3.80).

As well as having a number of injuries, Everton will also be without the influential Gareth Barry, who cannot play against his parent club. Earlier this season Martinez's men were unbeaten in their first six league games, only to go to City and lose 3-1, with Barry proving to be a big miss. The same could be the case this time, which could give the visitors the edge.

Instead of backing the away side at a price which is a little short, backing goals in the first half seems to be the play.

Over 1.5 first-half goals at 5/4 (2.20) with Paddy Power seems like a fantastic price. This would have landed in four of Everton's and City's last five games. With both sides likely to start the game quickly to gain the initiative, expect goals to be plentiful early on.

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Over 1.5 goals at 5/4 (2.20) 2.5pt stake with Paddy Power

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