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Everton need a shock victory over Man City to ease the fear of relegation but the victory will still leave a bitter taste in the fans’ mouths

EVERTON fans are facing their worst nightmare as champions Manchester City arrive at Goodison on Saturday night.

Defeat Pep GuardiolaTheir men could watch the Toffees fall to the relegation zone with the final whistle if results elsewhere go against them.

Frank Lampard's Everton host Man City on Saturday night and desperately need a win

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Frank Lampard’s Everton host Man City on Saturday night and desperately need a winCredit: Getty

But a victory – and does the boy need it now – will make their neighbors and rivals bitter Liverpool clear advantage in the Prem title race.

Downgrading is unthinkable for Everton – but the thought of the Reds marching their silver through the streets is also hard to feel.

Frank LampardTheir men have had a week off since the defeat to Southampton – but even so, it was an uncomfortable game for the blue half of Merseyside.

Burnley surprised victory over Tottenham – following the win over Brighton – means they are now in 18th place and just two points behind Everton.

On the same night, the Blues may have had to close their windows to avoid hearing din from The Kop like Jurgen Klopp’s men Leeds beat 6-0 – to move within the striking distance of the leader City.

However, in the current dangerous predicament, the Toffees cannot worry too much about the Reds and their title hopes.

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Fortunately, those who play hard for the home team will only think about their future at Prem – and won’t care much about the top spot.

The same applies to their new manager. Lampard was mildly called a ‘Man City legend’ by fans at the Etihad after spending a season there under Manuel Pellegrini.

He then had a couple of years with their sister club in New York, so it would be a fair idea what to expect from a win-win setup.

The city will be hurt from their sudden defeat first Spurs and – in general – Guardiola tend to get a response from such a setback.

He hopes to welcome back Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish from injury will help them strengthen in time.

Since his side beat Goodison 4-0 in his first season, Pep’s men have won the last four visits there.

However, he will know that the old place has been shaking since England international was appointed.

While they have lost both away games under Lampard, they have beaten Brentford in the FA Cup and Leeds in Prem in his only home games to date.

Their head-to-head record against Man City is poor – just one win in Prem’s last 17 meetings.

Looking at the table, this would be the perfect time to change that – though not all fans agree.

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The Toffees put on a horrifying display in the 0-2 loss to Southampton

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The Toffees put on a horrifying display in the 0-2 loss to SouthamptonCredit: Rex
Pep Guardiola's side are desperate to recover

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Pep Guardiola’s side are desperate to recoverCredit: EPA

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