The Anorak: In-form City can get stuck into Toffees

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MANCHESTER City can keep alive their slim title bid by taking three points away from Goodison Park. Roberto Mancini read the riot act after their woeful 3-1 defeat at St Mary’s and three victories later – without reply and with Carlos Tevez scoring in each game – City look to be peaking, albeit too late.

The bookies who go odds against City must think there will be a reaction from the Toffees in the wake of their FA Cup humiliation at the hands of Wigan last week. But, with Nikica Jelavic and Merouane Fellaini both misfiring, I can only see one outcome and rate the away win as the stand-out bet of the weekend. Manchester City are generally available at 6/5.

Liverpool, with red-hot Luis Suarez in their side, look decent even money shots at Southampton. Swansea are generously priced at 5/2 with Scotbet to do the double over Arsenal, while Burnley are too big at 21/10 with Hills to win at Blackburn Rovers.