Everton v Man City Tips & Betting Preview

The Premier League summit lies in sight for City.

Ryan Elliott
Tue, 5 Feb, 10:26 AM

So, this is turning into quite the Premier League title race. It’s easy to forget that it’s still February, and there’s a lot more football to be played; as the pressure ramps up on Liverpool and Manchester City (and, perhaps, Tottenham?), plenty more points will be dropped.

 

It’s incredible that, after Liverpool blew the opportunity to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League last Wednesday, Manchester City can now climb above Jurgen Klopp’s side, albeit temporarily, should they beat Everton on Wednesday.  

 

But this preview isn’t about Liverpool! Where does the value lie in City’s trip to Goodison?

 

There’s a definite sense of fragility about Pep Guardiola’s side these days – the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle strongly reinforcing that affirmation – and considering they’ve lost three of their last five on the road, do the Toffees have a chance here?

 

Nope.

 

Marco Silva’s side are a mess, and have now lost six of their last nine Premier League matches. More worryingly, their form at Goodison Park – for so long their savour – has deserted them, and they’ve now lost three of their last four on home soil.

 

My first tip is therefore: Manchester City to win and both teams to score. City have now kept just three clean sheets since October which, considering Everton have only failed to score once at home, is a good omen for this tip.

 

This is a perfect opportunity for City to really test Liverpool’s mettle, and I don’t see them passing it up.

I have a stats-based tip coming up next: under 10.5 corners.

 

City’s matches this season have averaged just 9.92 corners, while Everton’s average 10.16 – both sides falling below the league average.

 

However, City and Everton concede just 2.36 and 4.44 per-game respectively, which is why I like the look of this.

 

The clash between these two at The Etihad back in December saw just eight corners, and I’m expecting a similar tale on Wednesday.

Finally, I have an absolute WHOPPER of a longshot: Sergio Aguero to score first and Manchester City to win 3-1.

 

Aguero scoring first is fairly self-explanatory; the Argentine netted four times in his last two matches – scoring first in both of them – so he’s the obvious candidate for first goalscorer.

 

And then there’s the scoreline. The last two matches between these two have ended 3-1 in City’s favour, and I’ve already touched upon their struggle to keep clean sheets of late.

 

Pep Guardiola’s side have won five matches 3-1 this season – their favourite result – so this one, while massively priced, is far from inconceivable.

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