Mancini fears Everton upset

16 March 2013 06:05:58 EST

Nobody need tell Roberto Mancini what his team will be up against when they take on Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Manchester City chief is merely bemused by the Indian sign the Toffees have held over both him and his players since his arrival in England back in late 2009.

Mancini has gone head-to-head with David Moyes on seven previous occasions, winning just once, and losing another five. Everton are quoted 13/5 in the 90 minutes market, with the draw on offer at 12/5 and the away win available to back at 6/5.

Everton are also one of only two teams to have actually beaten City in the league at the Etihad Stadium during the last two years.

The Premier League champions know it is vital they get the three points needed to keep alive their slim hopes of still catching runaway leaders Manchester United at the top of the table.

Midfielder James Milner could come back into the starting XI for Mancini, with one nod towards combating Everton's work ethic.

Carlos Tevez is also expected to spearhead the visitors' attack as Sergio Aguero continues to receive treatment back in Argentina on his injured knee.

Mancini insists: "Every game against Everton is hard. It is difficult because they are a top team. They always play 100 per cent, they are strong, have good players and a good manager.

"They play against the top teams and always a good game, against us, against Manchester United, against Chelsea. They have this quality.

"We know we will really have to fight to win this game."

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