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Tim Cahill (pictured) and Mikel Arteta scored at Goodison Park to lead Everton past city rivals Liverpool 2-0. In the always bizarre bottom-half of the Premier League, the Toffees jump from seventeenth place to eleventh with the three home points in the Merseyside derby, leaving the Reds slumped and near lifeless in nineteenth. Not even the presence of new owner John Henry could buoy pathetic Liverpool. After an abysmal start, Everton are now just two points out of European contention.

And another entertaining game took place at Bloomfield Road as Manchester City took down always exhilarating Blackpool 3-2. Carlos Tévez scored twice and David Silva scored the third for the Citizens, who took a 3-1 lead in injury-time. Gary Taylor-Fletcher pulled one back for the Seasiders just a moment later, but the home side were unable to conjure the magic to eke out a draw. City move back to second place, three points clear of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham. For all the questions and lack of creativity, City seem to make it happen when it matters, a quality that certainly cannot be said of their cross-town rivals. Blackpool remain in tenth place and cannot be ashamed of their failure to pick up points against the world’s richest club.

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