Chris Sutton has now predicted who will win as Everton host Manchester City as Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Pundit states that the first goal of the game will be ‘absolutely crucial’ in determining the final result, while insisting that Everton could make it ‘extremely difficult’ for the visitors.

Writing in his weekly predictions column on BBC Sport, Sutton goes for a 2-1 win for Pep Gaurdiola’s side.

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Sutton said: “It’s quite an obvious thing to say but I think the first goal will be absolutely crucial.

City should still have enough quality to win, even with one eye on the Real tie, but Everton could make it extremely difficult for them.”

He continued: “As for Everton, my choice of who goes down with Southampton changes every week but that win at Amex Stadium was massive for the Toffees.

They finish their season at Wolves then at home to Bournemouth. Even if they lose to City, I think they can win one of those games and 35 points might be enough.”

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The visit of Manchester City is Everton’s penultimate home fixture of the season, and without doubt the most difficult of the three remaining fixtures.

City will of course have one eye on their Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid next week, but such is their strength in depth that they can rest a number of key players and still put out a frighteningly good side.

The Toffees will indeed by buoyed by the 5-1 win over Brighton earlier this week, and Sean Dyche will hope his side can take that confidence into the game.

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The fit-again Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be key, as will the inclusion of Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina, who was superb against Brighton.

The Blues looked solid defensively and threatening on the counter at the Amex Stadium, and no doubt the hostile Goodison crowd will demand more of the same on Sunday.

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