Heitinga: Bring On City
Facing Citizens always provides extra motivation, says defender.
John Heitinga believes Everton often find an extra level against Manchester City because there are so many motivations to beat them.
David Moyes' men have a better record than most against the Citizens having triumphed on seven of the last nine occasions the two sides have met.
That figure includes wins on City's last two visits to Goodison Park and Heitinga believes it's their lavish expenditure, wealth of options and increasing influence that gives the Blues an added incentive to succeed.
Speaking as the two clubs prepare to lock horns once again, Heitinga said: "They've got a lot of money, they spend a lot of money, they've got good players, they played Champions League this season and they are number one in the league. So it is nice to compare yourself with the players they have. It's a top team and hopefully we have our best day.
"It's always nice to play against good teams and that's why I'm here in the Premier League - because you play against a lot of good teams and a lot of good players."
Heitinga, however, knows recent home form would suggest Everton need the added stimulus as much as ever.
Friday's FA Cup victory over Fulham was a definite step in the right direction but the Dutchman reckons a win on Tuesday is what the Goodison faithful really wants to see.
"This game is going to be a good test for us because the home performance this season is not what it used to be," he admitted. "The fans are paying a lot of money to see us and hopefully we can give something back.
"It's a home game and in the past we have done really well against Manchester City, so if everybody is fighting until the last minute you always have a chance.
"They will not be happy to come over and play at Goodison, because it's not easy for an away team to play at Goodison, and hopefully we can beat them."