The two clubs will confront each other on Merseyside on Saturday evening in a match that has vast significance for both the teams. While Manuel Pellegrini’s City are in the running for the title, hosts Everton are desperate for maximum points to maintain their challenge for the fourth spot.
Ahead of this weekend’s round of matches, the Citizens find themselves third in the league table with 77 points from 35 matches. The Manchester outfit are three points behind leaders Liverpool, but they have a game in hand and also have a better goal difference than the Reds.
On the other hand, Roberto Martinez’s Everton are on 69 points from 36 matches, four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. A defeat for the hosts will see him fail in their quest to finish in the top four, but a win could hand the advantage in the title race to their Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
It promises to be a very intriguing match between two ambitious teams who play attractive and attacking football, and Rodgers has said that he will watch it.
Liverpool are not in action until Monday when they take on Crystal Palace away from home, which means that Rodgers will take time out of his busy schedule to follow the fortunes of their title rivals.
‘Everton have fantastic players who can get a result’, Sky Sports quotes the Northern Irishman as saying. ‘I will probably watch the game. I'm not one of these who says they will be on a golf course. I love football and I watch every type of game so I am sure I will be watching it somewhere’.
Rodgers will be watching the match and hoping for an Everton win. That’s for sure.