Everton host league leaders Manchester City in Saturday’s late kick-off at Goodison Park.
The Toffees have acquired back-to-back victories in the top-flight and this run has put them back in the reckoning for potential European qualification with a three-point deficit to seventh-placed Burnley, who have a game in hand. City need a minimum of two victories to assure themselves of a third Premier League title. Pep Guardiola’s side hold a massive 16-point lead over second-placed Manchester United with eight games to play.
Everton Team News, Updates, and Facts
Everton have a long injury list, with Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies added to it over the international break with thigh and neck injuries respectively. Ashley Williams is suspended after his red card against Burnley, while Gylfi Sigurdsson, Mason Holgate and James McCarthy are also absent.
Wayne Rooney’s goal in the game at the Etihad Stadium was his 12th against City in 30 appearances for Everton and Man United. Cenk Tosun has scored four goals in his last three games for Sam Allardyce’s side, following his double against Stoke in their last league fixture.
Everton have won three of their last five matches, and are unbeaten at home since a 2-0 defeat to Man United on New Year’s Day. Last time out, Cenk Tosun’s double lifted them to a 2-1 victory away at Stoke, and the Turkish striker also scored in their 2-0 win at home to Brighton the week before. The two wins followed back-to-back defeats away to Burnley and Watford.
Everton Predicted Starting Line-up
Expected Line-up: 4-2-3-1
Everton likely XI
- Defenders:Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines
- Defensive Midfielders:Rooney, Schneiderlin
- Attacking Midfielders:Walcott, Calvert-Lewin, Bolasie
Manchester City Team News, Updates, and Facts
Sergio Aguero is a doubt, having missed the win against Stoke last time out and sat out of the international break too. He is likely to sit out, with Gabriel Jesus continuing in his place up front. Benjamin Mendy is fit again after a lengthy absence with an ACL injury but is unlikely to start, though Fabian Delph could return at left-back.
David Silva has scored four goals in his last four City appearances, including both goals in the 2-0 win against Stoke. Gabriel Jesus returned to goalscoring ways as City completed an aggregate win over Basel in the Champions League, and having also scored Brazil’s winner against Germany he will be keen to start racking them up again.
Manchester City have won four of their last five matches, with only a 2-1 defeat to Basel in the Champions League last-16 second leg (having already been 4-0 up on aggregate after the first leg) counting against their record. Two 3-0 wins against Arsenal, one in the Carabao Cup Final and one in the league, was followed by a 1-0 win at home to Chelsea. Last time out, City won 2-0 at Stoke, with David Silva scoring both goals.
Manchester City Predicted Starting Line-up
Expected Line-up: 4-3-3
Manchester City likely XI
- Defenders:Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph
- Midfielders:De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D.Silva
- Forwards:Sterling, Jesus, Sane
Everton vs Manchester City Head-to-Head Stats
Raheem Sterling’s late equaliser earned Manchester City a point in the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium – after Wayne Rooney’s opener – despite Pep Guardiola’s side playing the entire second-half with ten men after Kyle Walker’s controversial red card. Last time out at Goodison Park, however, Everton thrashed City 4-0. In fact, City have not beaten Everton in the league since a 2-0 away win in August 2015. In all fixtures, they have an identical record – 68 wins apiece, and 47 draws. Here are the results of their last five matches:
Aug 21, 2017: Manchester City 1-1 Everton
Jan 15, 2017: Everton 4-0 Manchester City
Oct 15, 2016: Manchester City 1-1 Everton
Jan 27, 2016: Manchester City 3-1 Everton
Jan 13, 2016: Manchester City 0-0 Everton
Everton FC vs Manchester City FC – Betting Tips for the game
Everton went into the international break in fine fashion as they secured a 2-1 win over Stoke City. Cenk Tosun once again impressed for the Toffees with a brace in the second-half.
City had the week off after dropping out of the FA Cup. Prior to that, they attained a comfortable 2-0 win over Stoke City which built a four-match winning league streak. David Silva bagged both goals for the table-toppers in a dominant display.
The previous meeting between the sides was at the Etihad Stadium in August which finished in 1-1 draw. The last outing at Goodison Park saw Everton secure a thumping 4-0 win. Our betting tips and predictions expect a City win.
Prediction and betting tip: Manchester City win at 1.35
Everton FC vs Manchester City FC – Match odds
Everton are priced at 9.00 for a win, but we are not expecting this result despite the home advantage. Everton have been a thorn in City’s proceedings, having gone unbeaten in the league against them since August 2015, but the visitors should put the record straight this weekend. Barring two outings at Liverpool and Crystal Palace, City have looked solid on the road. Their attacking prowess is likely to prove too much to handle for an Everton side, who tend to struggle against top-six opposition. Our preview is to go for City win at 1.35 with DeltinPalace.
Everton win odds: 9.00
Everton vs Manchester City draw odds: 5.00
Manchester City win odds: 1.35
Everton FC vs Manchester City FC – Correct Score odds
Everton have averaged two goals in each of their last four games at Goodison Park, but they may still struggle to score this weekend. The Toffees’ struggles against top-six opposition have been evident this term, and they have scored just two goals in four home matches whilst attaining a single point. We are backing City to inch closer to the title with another comfortable win with a shutout. Our correct score prediction is to go with a City 3-0 win at 8.50
Correct score prediction: Manchester City 3-0 win at 8.50
Everton FC vs Manchester City FC – Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Everton have witnessed at least three goals in two of their previous three home games, and we are fancying more of the same this weekend. City have produced more than three goals in 53 percent of their league matches on the road. Our total goals prediction is to go with over 2.5 goals at 1.60
Goal odds and predictions: Over 2.5 goals at 1.60
Everton FC vs Manchester City FC – First Goalscorer odds
Sergio Aguero has been the pick of the City forwards this term, contributing 21 goals in the Premier League. However, Aguero is a doubt with a hamstring injury and Gabriel Jesus is the next in line to open the scoresheet. The 20-year-old has only recently returned from an injury, but has contributed a goal and an assist in the last two games across all competitions. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Gabriel Jesus at 4.00
First goalscorer prediction: Gabriel Jesus at 4.00
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