According to Talk Sport, ex-Everton and Scotland striker Andy Gray believes Toffees fans may actually want their team to lose this weekend, as it would leave Liverpool facing title heartbreak.
“Peter Reid and I were talking about it last night and we think maybe Evertonians for once in their life may not be too upset if they get beat this week," said Gray.
"The players will try and do their job the best they can but I've got a funny feeling many thousand Evertonians, for one week only, will not mind if they lose the game."
Roberto Martinez’s Everton take on Manuel Pellegrini’s title chasing Manchester City at Goodison Park, with a win for the visitors all-but securing them the title.
With three points currently separating Liverpool in first and City in second, with a game in hand, the latter are in the driving seat providing they win their final three matches of the season.
The Reds’ 2-0 defeat to Chelsea proved the banana skin the Citizens would have been praying for and, after a terrific response at Crystal Palace yesterday afternoon, the outcome of this season is now in the Manchester outfit’s hands.
After their weekend trip to Merseyside, Pellegrini's team take on Aston Villa and West Ham at home in their remaining games and Gray said: "If they win at Goodison, they will win the title.
"I don't think they will drop a point in their two remaining games against West Ham and Villa. I think the title rests purely on what happens at Goodison."
If this is the case, Everton essentially hold the key to Liverpool’s title hopes. It just seems sad to even entertain the idea that supporters would be happy following defeat, even if it means their near neighbours missing out on the championship.
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