Everton v Manchester City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Saturday, September 28, 2019


Goodison Park

Punter's Pick

With Manchester City installed as strong favourites there isn’t much value in backing an outright win. However Bet365 are offering a generous 5/6 for City to win both halves. Given City’s history in starting strong in most games, it is likely that they will get the goals to go ahead and then pick Everton off again as the Toffee’s chase the game. A price of 6/5 is also being offered on over 3.5 goals and this has materialised in all of Manchester City’s Premier League games so far this season.

Everton welcome champions Manchester City to Goodison Park to round off the Premier League action on Saturday. The champions arrive in imperious form and Everton fans will be fearing the worst. However, their team is packed full of talent and they will be hoping to spring a surprise if their star players can rise to the occasion.

Everton have had a tough start to the season, winning just two of their opening six games including three losses. Marco Silva was under pressure from fans for parts of last season but some good form bought him enough time to stamp his authority on the new campaign. However two of their defeats have been to newly promoted teams in Aston Villa and a home defeat against Sheffield United. This has heaped the pressure back on manager Marco Silva who comes into this game on the back of two defeats in the league. A midweek Carabao Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday courtesy of a Dominic Calvert-Lewin brace has provided some respite but a game against City could mean any relief is short-lived. The issue thus far has been goals and even with players who carry good reputations such as Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Gomes haven’t really provided for the frontmen. Summer signings Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi are also finding their place in the team but Silva will not be afforded the luxury of time for too much longer. But this also represents an excellent opportunity to get something from a game where they are being given no chance.

Manchester City arrive having brutally despatched Watford 8-0 in their last encounter. Four goals in the first 15 minutes and a Bernardo Silva hattrick overall helped City demolish their opponents and they will be in confident mood having arrived on Merseyside. There have been some questions over City’s ability to defend the title this year as long-term injuries to key players has exposed a potential weakness, with Tottenham gaining a draw at the Etihad and Norwich City stunning everyone with a 3-2 victory at Carrow Road. Everton can take heart from the fact that the champions do look vulnerable without Aymeric Laporte, but getting the ball off their strikers and keeping City out will be the challenge. Pep Guardiola could enter the game eight points behind if Liverpool win against Sheffield United, but he will be confident his team can overcome all mental challenges and win at Everton.

In team news, Everton will be without Jean-Philippe Gbamin who is a long-term absentee and Andre Gomes who could be out until mid-October. Alex Iwobi will be pushing for a starting berth having impressed in the Carabao Cup game and having other impactful performances from the bench.

Manchester City remain without the aforementioned Aymeric Laporte with Guardiola looking to see if John Stones can come back and lineup alongside Nicolas Otamendi, or if he will have to deploy Fernandinho again. Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are expected to provide the spark from midfield and Sergio Aguero will likely get the nod ahead of Gabriel Jesus.
In recent meetings between these two sides, Manchester City have been dominant over the past few years winning three out of their last four including both games last season. Gabriel Jesus scored in both fixtures and it will be interesting to see if he gets a chance to continue his own personal form against Everton.

Punter's Pick

With Manchester City installed as strong favourites there isn’t much value in backing an outright win. However Bet365 are offering a generous 5/6 for City to win both halves. Given City’s history in starting strong in most games, it is likely that they will get the goals to go ahead and then pick Everton off again as the Toffee’s chase the game. A price of 6/5 is also being offered on over 3.5 goals and this has materialised in all of Manchester City’s Premier League games so far this season.

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