Gary Neville issues word or warning to Manchester City ahead of Everton clash at Goodison Park
Gary Neville has highlighted the challenge Manchester City could face when travelling to Goodison Park to face Everton this Sunday (14 May).
The clash on Merseyside is set to have huge implications at both ends of the Premier League, with Manchester City one point clear of Arsenal at the top of the table and the Toffees embroiled in an extremely tight fight against relegation.
Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast (7 May, 7:00), the former Manchester United defender issued a word of warning to the Premier League champions for their trip to Goodison Park, with Everton already having picked up results against the likes of Arsenal, Spurs and Brentford since Dyche’s arrival.
“They’re playing against an Everton team, at Goodison Park, they’ve had difficulties in the past there at times,” he said.
“Everton are fighting for their lives, we know they’re not in great form, but we know something can happen at that type of stadium.
“Look, City will probably win, that is more or likely the case, but there is some pressure now going to Goodison Park, and Arsenal have created that today.”
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Goodison Park factor
Although Everton can by no means match the technical ability of Manchester City on the pitch, the Goodison Park crowd can certainly even the playing field that bit more.
Despite the turbulence on Merseyside this season, with fans venting their anger at Farhad Moshiri and the board on an almost weekly basis, their support when the whistle blows for kick-off has been undying.
Manchester City will by no means be in a fresh state after a seismic Champions League clash against Real Madrid in midweek, and Everton could well spring a surprise if they start off on the front foot and get the crowd behind them from the offset.
Dyche’s side have already sprung a surprise on Arsenal and Spurs at Goodison Park in recent months, and fans will be hoping for one more before the seasons close.
With Pep Guardiola’s side the overwhelming favourites, Everton must look to embrace their underdog status and use it to their advantage.
The longer the Toffees can keep the Premier League champions at bay, the more the pressure and the atmosphere could get to them.