City battling to beat big freeze

The weekend’s schedule has been decimated following the recent

heavy snow, with only two matches surviving on Saturday. City are

hopeful that their clash with the Toffees will be given the green

light and the pitch is currently playable. Club employees are doing

their utmost to make certain that all the other conditions inside

the City of Manchester Stadium are safe. However, the threat comes

from ice and snow in the areas surrounding the ground, with

temperatures again expected to plummet overnight. If the game is

played, then Roberto Mancini’s men will hope to take advantage of

their title rivals’ inactivity and pick up an important victory.

Three points would lift City from their current position of third

and guarantee top spot in the standings on Christmas Day. There

will also be a huge amount of focus on Carlos Tevez, who has not

played for the club since having a transfer request knocked back

last weekend. Mancini has indicated that he is prepared to select

Tevez, although it is unclear whether he would retain the

captaincy. Everton, meanwhile, will be determined to spoil the

party as they look to end a disappointing run of results and pull

clear of trouble. David Moyes’ side are without a win in seven and

just two points above the relegation zone. However, they have a

very good record at Eastlands, having won four of the seven

meetings with City there to date – including all of the last three.