Sean Dyche bids to resume his fantastic Premier League form against a Manchester City side returning from Club World Cup glory…
Everton have won four out of their last five Premier League matches including massive point collections against Chelsea and Newcastle, where they kept a clean sheet and recorded a higher number of Expected Goals than their opponents in both games.
The Toffees even had more opportunities against Tottenham despite a 2-1 defeat when Son and Richarlison both netted goals in the first 20 minutes.
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MAY 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-3 Man City
DEC 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Man City 1-1 Everton
FEB 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-1 Man City
NOV 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Man City 3-0 Everton
MAY 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Man City 5-0 Everton
MAR 2021 FA CUP Everton 0-2 Man City
FEB 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-3 Man City
JAN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Man City 2-1 Everton
SEP 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-3 Man City
FEB 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-2 Man City
A disappointing effort to lose in penalties against Fulham in the EFL Cup shouldn’t diminish from their great form lately and there’s no reason why an underperformance will be on the cards tonight.
Without their 10-point deduction, Everton would be just four points off a European spot and we’d be speaking about them in similar tones to Aston Villa and West Ham from last season and the season before.
Andre Gomes has recently returned from a long absence and should boost the chances of the home side as he bids to score for a second consecutive match. I expect him to be the catalyst for the chances of Sean Dyche’s side if they want to beat Pep’s champions.
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Manchester City arrive at Goodison Park after winning a trophy, albeit the Club World Cup. Does beating a Japanese club in 4th and a Brazilian side 7th in their leagues respectively really make you the best club on the planet?
Either way, you can only beat what’s in front of you, and with 3-0 and 4-0 convincing victories you can’t falter them too much. The New Year also provides City with a spell of easier fixtures which should boost their chances of closing the gap on current leaders.
Before their Middle Eastern excursions, it’s been a difficult period for Manchester City. Most recently in the Premier League they threw away a 2-0 lead against Crystal Palace. This was the famous match when Pep’s rage and disillusionment were met with a motionless laugh from Roy Hodgson who was probably himself equally amazed as to how his side pulled the comeback off.
Other results in December featured the club’s third league loss of the season at the hands of Unai Emery’s Aston Villa and just three days prior they drew to Tottenham at the Etihad.
With just one win from their last six league matches, there needs to be a significant change of form to stay on terms with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool. I thought 5/4 to win the title with StarSports.bet was skinny enough for a side that wouldn’t even be in the first two assuming City win their next two fixtures and Arsenal beat West Ham.
Haaland’s presence for 90 minutes is in doubt tonight with a foot issue and a similar story is true with Rodri. In the top scorer’s table, although Haaland remains dominant on 14, the nearest City player to him is Alvarez on 4. Interestingly, Everton’s Doucoure is higher with a tally of 6.
Based on the recent proficiency of the home side and questions regarding City’s form, I’m backing Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals with starsports.bet
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PROFIT/LOSS (DEC 2023): LOSS -6.69 points