Saturday 28 September: 5.30pm KO
Live on Sky Sports
Everton could probably do without having to play this game. The pressure is on them after last weekend’s home defeat by Sheffield United. After all that transfer activity during the summer, there being in the bottom half of the table is not what’s planned. More trouble could be on the way though as they host Manchester City who are already in double figures for goals scored in the last week.
A familiar pattern is being carried out at Everton or is it? What tends to happen is that their ambitious owners sanction several big signings during the summer. Then the talk of making it into the top six starts and even winning the Premier League sometime in the future. It’s all very promising so far isn’t it?
Then the season starts and Everton don’t get off to a good start. Later in the season they tend to improve and it’s a case of what might have been. Well the same is happening again this season after even more money spent on a host of new players. If you want to have a bet on this game and fancy something a little bit different, head over to Betbull.
After six games, Everton find themselves in 14th place in the table. They are only a point off seventh place but just three above the relegation zone. Poor away form is still a major problem but home form had been the opposite with a series of wins. That was until last weekend when they lost 2-0 at home to Sheffield United. The worry is that if they lose to United one week, what might happen when they face Manchester City this weekend? The odds on them winning this match are 9/1 (10.0) at William Hill.
Only five league goals have been scored this season. Four of those have come at home against Wolves and Watford, aka the bottom two teams in the league. Moise Kean has appeared at some stage in six games and is yet to score for them. He’s 15/4 (4.75) at Betway to get his first Everton goal on Saturday.
Manchester City were criticized after a 3-2 defeat at Norwich City. Since then they have played three games and scored 14 goals in three different competitions. Poor Watford lost 8-0 to them last weekend and it could have been at least 12. Raheem Sterling didn’t even get on the pitch for that game but scored in the Carabao Cup tie at Preston. You can get odds of 1/1 (2.0) at Coral on him scoring at Goodison Park.
Despite scoring 24 league goals (nearly five times the number Everton have managed), they start the weekend in second and three points behind league leaders Liverpool. City can’t afford to let the gap get much wider and by the time this game begins, it’s likely to be eight points.
They can be backed at 8/25 (1.32) at Unibet to win this match. With a strike force in deadly form up against a shaky Everton defence, this looks booked for an away win.
Manchester City are unbeaten in their last four games against Everton. Eight goals have been scored by City in the last three which have all been won. Everton did manage a draw in their August 2017 meeting, it’s 9/2 (5.5) at SkyBet that they get a point from this match.
Neither side have reported any fresh injury problems after the midweek cup ties.
Everton have lost their last two league games and the pressure is on their manager Marco Silva. He’s now 13/8 (2.61) at SkyBet to be the next Premier League manager to leave his club. That exit might get a bit nearer if they lose to Manchester City. Their defending doesn’t look up to the job with five conceded in the last two league matches. A bet on City to win and lead at both half and full time has odds of 5/6 (1.83) if your wager is placed with Betfair.