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Premier League: Man City v Everton game set to go ahead

Barclays Premier League
Venue: City of Manchester Stadium
Date: Monday, 20 December Kick-off: 2000 GMT
Coverage: Watch live on Sky Sports 1; listen on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Manchester 95.1FM and DAB and BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8 FM, 1485 MW and DAB; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles

City of Manchester Stadium
Temperatures have dropped in Manchester over recent days

Manchester City have confirmed that Monday's Premier League game against Everton at 2000 GMT will go ahead despite the current bad weather.

A win for City would result in them being top of the table at Christmas for the first time since 1929.

Temperatures dropped to -15C in Manchester on Sunday night, although there has been no fresh snow in the area since Saturday.

City have been working hard at clearing ice and slush from the stadium area.

The club say the game will go ahead barring an unexpected turn for the worse in the weather, but although temperatures are set to fall to as low as -8C before kick-off, there is no snow forecast for Monday evening.

They have also confirmed that the Eastlands pitch is in perfect condition and there are no plans for a pitch inspection.

The Return of Mancinis Scarf

Only two Premier League games survived the weekend programme with snow causing the postponement of seven games, including the high-profile meeting of Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

While most of the pitches were playable, it was the effects of the snow and ice on the surrounding areas that forced games to be called off on health and safety grounds.

Meanwhile, Everton manager David Moyes believes City still have much to do to prove themselves as true title challengers.

"Money isn't always the answer but if you are going to win things you have to spend money," he said.

"If you want a quick return to overtake the Manchester Uniteds and Chelseas of this world, you are going to have to spend good money to get there.

"But even that isn't guaranteed. It takes time to get it all to happen. I don't think you can do it that quickly but I think Manchester City are getting themselves in a position at the right end of the table for what they are spending."

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