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Moyes Predicts Open Encounter

Both teams will be going all out for the points, says Blues boss.

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David Moyes believes Everton can capitalise on Manchester City’s attack-minded approach when the champions visit Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.

With a pool of world-class flair players at his disposal and an urgent need for precious points in the title race, the Blues boss is expecting opposite number Roberto Mancini to be purposeful in his tactics and team selection.

On the contrary, on several occasions this season visiting teams have come to Merseyside with a defence-dominated game-plan, making it much tougher for Everton’s own offensive prowess to come to the fore.

“Teams come here and they can shut up shop,” said Moyes. “You have got to break them down but you tend to find that the better teams will have a go and it will make for a bit more of an open game.

“I can’t for a minute see Manchester City coming here and thinking that they have got to stop Everton. They will look to try and win.

“I’ve got to say that every game we play at Goodison we look to win – that doesn’t alter whoever we play.

“We’ll have a big job stopping them and we have to go and make sure that we take our opportunities.”

A near sell-out crowd is expected at Goodison as Everton look to banish last weekend’s FA Cup disappointment with their fourth successive home win over City.

Asked if a visit from the champions is the ideal game to redirect focus following the defeat to Wigan, Moyes said: "I don't know about the perfect game!

“I think we're playing a really good team and this would be a hard game no matter if you were in great form or not.

“We were in really good form when we went to the Etihad earlier in the season and we got a really good draw. We did okay on the day but it was a very hard game.

“But I could also say that on the last day of January last year at Goodison we beat them with a team which included Tony Hibbert playing centre-half and Denis Stracqualursi up front.

“We had a completely different team then and won. So we’ve done it before and hopefully we’ll do it again.”

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