Preview EPL :Man City Vs Everton

Javier Garrido insists Manchester City are “in a good position” to break the top four and qualify for Champions League football.

City can move back into the top four if they defeat Everton on Wednesday.

With no knockout competitions to distract them, City are fully focused on finishing fourth in the Premier League and Garrido said: “We are thinking about it. Why not? We are in the right position and right situation. We beat Fulham, a team that tries to play good football, so we have to keep going.

“We are in a good position. These are the last games and we have to do well. We have to be strong and it is in our hands to get the fourth position.

“Our challenge is to be in the top four. The club have invested money into making us a big, big club. There are a lot of good players here and a bigger squad, so our challenge is to be in the top four.”

Playmaker Mikel Arteta believes Everton will need to win six of their remaining eight games to claim a place in Europe.

Victory over Bolton at the weekend was the club’s seventh in succession at home in the league and lifted them up to eighth, but Arteta knows they cannot afford to let the momentum slip as they travel to Eastlands.

He said: “You can’t always be really pretty and do everything nicely – the most important thing was to get the points and another win at home. But I think we need to win another six games. That is really tough but we want to get into the mix.”

Chelsea travel to Portsmouth with manager Carlo Ancelotti insisting he will “definitely” still be in charge of the Blues next season whatever happens in the Barclays Premier League run-in.

The Blues’ season is very much in danger of falling apart following a dismal week which saw them dumped out the Champions League by Inter Milan and stumble to a 1-1 draw at Blackburn to leave them third in the table.

But Ancelotti is confident that even if Chelsea end the season empty-handed he will still be at the helm next year.

“First of all I believe that we will do well this year,” he told Italian newspaper La Stampa. “However, my future will definitely be at Chelsea next year, independent of results.”

Stiliyan Petrov believes Aston Villa team-mate James Milner will be a “star of the World Cup” with England if he maintains his current form.

Villa skipper Petrov is confident Milner has the quality to make a telling impact in South Africa if he is part of Fabio Capello’s squad.

Ahead of the clash with Sunderland, Petrov said: “He has been brilliant – and if he continues to progress like that, he will be the star of the World Cup. He has both the ability and the attitude to make a real impact.”

Blackburn face Birmingham at Ewood Park with manager Sam Allardyce missing several key men.

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson (calf), captain Ryan Nelsen (knee), Gael Givet (groin), Lars Jacobsen (hernia) and Vince Grella (calf) are all likely to be sidelined.

Birmingham midfielder Barry Ferguson insists he was not a flop at Blackburn as he prepares to return to Ewood Park for the first time.

Ferguson made the switch from Rangers to Rovers in 2003 before deciding to move back to Ibrox for a second spell two years later.

He was handicapped by a knee injury but is adamant he made a telling contribution when fit and skippered the side under Graeme Souness and Mark Hughes.

Ferguson, a strong candidate to be Birmingham’s player of the year, said: “I was captain at Blackburn. I don’t know why people have the perception that it didn’t go well for me there.”                                               (ESPN/MG/rex)


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