Manchester City will look to bounce back from their loss to Chelsea last week when they welcome Everton this weekend in the Premier League. Guardiola’s team find themselves one point adrift of Liverpool, however they will return to the summit with victory over Everton and if their rival neighbours Man United can do them a favour against Liverpool. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the clash and if you want additional value then check out our enhanced odds for the Premier League.
Everton Have Struggled Against The Top Six
Everton have lost 11 of 16 winless fixtures against ‘Big Six’ sides since the start of last season, while going back to the previous campaign they hold an identical record in away matches to such teams. However, while they’ve been battered a few times over this period, with Chelsea, United, Spurs and Arsenal all managing to put at least four goals past them each, there are notable differences this time around.
Indeed, whereas they trailed at the break in nine of 12 trips to those sides over the past two campaigns, this term they’ve gone in all-square at the interval in three of four games – despite only taking the solitary point from these at the conclusion of the full 90 minutes.
In fact, Everton have been level at the break in nine of their last 11 outings overall, as well as six of seven road trips this term as their games have tended to come alive in the second period. Meanwhile, City were held to a first half stalemate before finishing the job against Bournemouth after the break in their last league outing at the Etihad, just as they were when hosting Hoffenheim in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Silva and Stones Injured
Everton may only be W1-D3-L3 on their travels this term, but it’s worth noting that all of these games have come against top-half opponents, while only one of the defeats came by more than a single goal. Given Marco Silva’s outfit have also held Chelsea to draw at Stamford Bridge and nearly did the same at Anfield recently, we’re not expecting the usual levels of dominance from Man City in this encounter. That’s especially the case with David Silva and John Stones joining the physio room, with the Citizens netting 15 % fewer goals when the former is absent from the starting line-up since 2013/14.
Manchester City v Everton Betting Tips
The Toffees are certainly closer to the ‘Big Six’ this term under Marco Silva. However, while we wouldn’t be confident of the visitors managing a point – as they have at the Etihad in each of the past two seasons since Guardiola took charge of City – they’re worthy of consideration on the handicap. Indeed, despite running away with the ‘goals for’ tally (now 10 ahead of second-placed Arsenal), City are yet to triumph by more than two strikes against a top-half team.
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