Manchester City vs Everton betting, 15 DEC 2018
Following their first defeat of the season, Manchester City FC dropped behind Liverpool in Premier League standings. Despite City played another good match, where they enjoyed more than 70% of possession and dominated Chelsea in all aspects of the game, they simply lacked final touch and were beaten 2-0.
To make things even worse, Pep Guardiola won’t be able to count on influential Spanish midfielder David Silva for a few weeks. That’s according to Guardiola, so take that with a pinch of salt.
Anyhow, Silva and Aguero were key players for City this season, and without those two at their best, City are definitely weaker.
Before this match versus Everton, City will host German outfit Hoffenheim in their final Champions League group match, where they already finished the job and secured last 16.
Despite they suffered their first loss of the season, City is still huge favorites to win this match. The pressure of being unbeaten in the league is off now. They actually could be much more relaxed in this match and Guardiola probably knows what to do in order to get his team back to winning ways.
Everton is going to the Etihad Stadium after failing to win in any of their last 3 league games. After unlucky defeat in the local derby against Liverpool, they were held to draws by Newcastle and Watford and will have a tough task to change anything about that against City. Although Everton is one of only a few sides which actually enjoyed their trips to the Etihad in the last couple of years. Toffees are 7th in the table after Monday evening 2-2 draw against Watford.
Manchester City vs Everton Head to Head
There are not many sides in English football which boast better record at the Etihad Stadium than Everton in the last couple of seasons.
If we compare the two teams since the year 2000 - Everton are slightly more successful, with 14 wins compared to 12.
Further, Everton is unbeaten at the Etihad since 2014 and caused Man City one of their heaviest defeats under Guardiola when City suffered 4-0 thrashing at Goodison in January 2017.
Manchester City vs Everton Stats
Defeat at Stamford Bridge was The Sky Blues’ only second league game where they failed to score this season, after 0-0 at Anfield against Liverpool.
Normally, City is scoring plenty of goals in Premier League this season, averaging 2.81 in all games and 3.75 per match at the Etihad.
Everton is struggling lately, winning just a single game for the last 5. But their league position is still decent enough, as they are sitting just 2 points behind Manchester United and with improvement in form, they will be directly involved in the fight for Europe football next season.
Manchester City vs Everton Team News
As mentioned David Silva will join Kevin de Bruyne on the sidelines, while Sergio Aguero is still doubtful, although could fully recover till Saturday. Danilo, Mangala, Mendy, and Bravo are definitely out of the game.
As it stands, the only missing for Marco Silva will be long-term injured James McCarthy.
Manchester City vs Everton Predictions
City fans will hope that 0-2 at Stamford Bridge was a glitch and that everything will be back to normal when they host Everton in lunchtime game on Saturday. Big blow will be the absence of David Silva, who scored 8 goals this season, but that could be a chance for youngster Phil Foden to get some game time. On the other hand, the poor form of Gabriel Jesus and injury to Aguero will mean that Raheem Sterling will probably lead the line again.
Blues from Everton are not struggling with injuries, but with the absence of recognized striker. They are trying to fill that void with summer acquisition Richarlison, who plays in that center forward role. Toffees fans hope that goals can come from Gylfi Sigurdsson as well, while Lucas Digne would become fans favorite if he manages to score after scoring equalizer against Watford on Monday night.
There’s no doubt that Man City to win (1/5 or 1.20 at Betfred) and Over 2.5 goals (2/5 or 1.40 Betfred) will be dominant on punters’ betting slip on Saturday. Both bets will be likely winners, but you should have Toffees' unreal record at Etihad in mind.
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