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

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Everton v Manchester City

Premier League: Wed, 06/02  Stadium: Goodison Park

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City are as short as ⅓ to win with Bet365, so the better value bet may be for them to lead at both halftime and fulltime at 10/11 with the same firm. Raheem Sterling is long overdue a goal and is 5/4 to score anytime with Ladbrokes. Those who fancy Sergio Aguero to keep up his imperious form can back him at 3/1 to score two goals or 14/1 for another hat-trick, both odds with Ladbrokes.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Everton v Manchester City

Everton play host to Manchester City on Wednesday, with the visitors and defending champions looking to reclaim top spot as the title race enters its next phase.

City reinvigorated, Liverpool faltering?

City arrive at Goodison Park on the back of a 3-1 win at home to Arsenal, displaying some of their trademark flair and killer instinct in front of goal as the Gunners finally succumbed to the relentless pressure applied. It was an important victory coming quickly off the back of a shock 2-1 defeat away at Newcastle United, where they were characteristically off the pace and lacked their usual guile and fluidity in the final third. That defeat could have almost spelt curtains in the title race, with Liverpool at home to Leicester City the following day.

However the Reds seem to be the ones suddenly faltering and feeling the pressure, as a lacklustre 1-1 draw at home let City off the hook for their defeat and kept the gap to a manageable five points. With Liverpool failing to sparkle against West Ham away on Monday in another disappointing 1-1 draw, City suddenly seem to have regained the momentum in what is likely to be a title race with many more twists and turns over the coming weeks and months.

Pressure of a different kind on Everton manager

Pressure takes many forms, for sides at the top it’s the fight for the title, those at the bottom the battle for survival plays on the nerves, whilst for Everton manager Marco Silva, the big investment in players and lack of perceived progress are fast reaching critical mass point. Dumped out of the FA Cup by lowly Championship side Millwall, fans would be forgiven for thinking some response would follow. A narrow and unimpressive 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town followed, hardly a victory to be savoured. Wolves put Everton’s progress into real context with a rampant 3-1 win at Goodison Park in their last fixture. It seems despite being well into the second half of the season, Silva still does not know what his best combination is, the right formation to fit his chosen players and how to get his team playing to their full potential. A late burst of form and salvaging a top eight league position may just keep Silva in the job into next season, but sinking further into the bottom half of the table and finishing there will not go down well with the board and fans alike.

Everton usually poor against top six

Everton have not covered themselves in glory against the top six this season, consistently losing and at times taking a severe battering. Tottenham Hotspur have helped themselves to a 6-2 win earlier in the season at Goodison Park, whilst City themselves have eased to a 3-1 win against the Toffees earlier in the season, with Leroy Sane providing two assists for Gabriel Jesus to score. With defeats against Arsenal, Manchester United and an agonising last minute Merseyside loss to Liverpool also this season, their only success of note against the big six has been a 0-0 draw away at Chelsea in November.

City should cruise, unless nerves get the better of them?

On paper this fixture looks like a mismatch, with City looking back to their dominant best against Arsenal, and Everton’s confidence looking severely fragile. Everton’s fans will also have mixed feelings about their side trying to get a result against their bitter rivals closest title challengers, so expect a slightly subdued and strange atmosphere at Goodison Park. If City play anywhere to their potential they should pretty much blow Everton away with consummate ease.

City are as short as ⅓ to win with Bet365, so the better value bet may be for them to lead at both halftime and fulltime at 10/11 with the same firm. Raheem Sterling is long overdue a goal and is 5/4 to score anytime with Ladbrokes. Those who fancy Sergio Aguero to keep up his imperious form can back him at 3/1 to score two goals or 14/1 for another hat-trick, both odds with Ladbrokes.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

One Response

  1. James Fish says:

    City look really strong, but there will be many more twists, nice analysis!

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