Everton vs Manchester City: Is Toffees' season over already?

Everton manager Ronald Koeman before the match

Everton host Manchester City at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Sunday.

Everton face a daunting task of facing Manchester City at Goodison Park this Sunday. But could the Toffees find it difficult to find motivation for the Premier League clash?

According to HITC Sport's James Rutherford and Michael Ramsey, they may well be the case...

Ronald Koeman's men go into the game seventh in the table. But while they are currently leading the best of the rest division that is forming behind the top six, the guys have suggested that they may view their campaign to be virtually over already following their third round exit in the FA Cup last weekend.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman before the matchEverton manager Ronald Koeman

"[You've] Got to be so disappointed if you're an Everton fan right now," James suggested.

"What's the goal now for the next six months?" he added.

"I would say get into the Europa League," Michael responded. "I think they can do that, it's achievable."

Given that the Merseyside outfit are now relying on their league form to secure a spot in continental competition next year, it is easy to see why their fans may be feeling concerned about their chances. 

They are nine and 11 points adrift of sixth and fifth place respectively, so will surely be relying on what happens in the cup competitions if they hope to secure a Europa League spot. 

And their chances of putting themselves in the mix could be dealt a blow as they face a City side that, in their most recent game, thrashed West Ham 5-0 in the FA Cup.

Nevertheless, the guys suggested that something is still not quite right at the Etihad following Pep Guardiola's appointment in the summer.

Manchester City manager Pep GuardiolaManchester City manager Pep Guardiola

"I think they will be underwhelmed just because it started so well," James suggested when discussing the Citizens' recent form.

"I don't think this City side is where he thought it was," he added.

Despite their concerns, City are still one of the favourites to secure a top four spot, and it is arguably too early to suggest that they cannot make up the seven point gap that separates them from Chelsea.

Therefore, they will definitely deem Sunday's clash as an important one. But what do James and Michael expect to happen? To find out their thoughts in full, as well as their predictions, simply watch the video at the top of the page...

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