Manchester City vs. Everton Prediction: Man City Heavily Favored in Clash
Depending on Chelsea’s result away at Leicester, the defending champions Man City may end this round equal on point with the leaders.
Man City: Huge favorites
They are not playing Norwich or Newcastle, but Man City are priced at -714 on the three-way moneyline with Bet365. The Citizens have overcome a tough week which saw them eliminated from the Carabao Cup by West Ham and beaten by Crystal Palace in the Premier League. They bounced back with a convincing 4-1 win over Club Brugge in the Champions League and dominated the entire game against their city rivals Man United, beating them 2-0 on the road.
It will be very difficult for the Citizens to retain their crown. Consistency is key and they already dropped points in 4 games this season losing two games in the process. They find themselves second in the table and they aim to maintain the pressure on Chelsea in what should be an easy home win.
They have a great record against Everton winning their last 7 head-to-heads and scoring 21 goals in the process. They are hitting their best form and they will definitely make it 8 in a row against Toffees. They are capable of blowing teams away but lately if they go two goals up, they tend to relax and just control the match without pushing for more goals.
We’ve seen that in the Manchester derby. They went two goals up in the first leg and during the second half they just passed the ball without creating any goal opportunities. It’s a smart move because the season the long and the busy Premier League period is just around the corner with games every three days during December.
We’ve seen maximum four goals in eight of their 11 Premier League fixtures this season and we don’t expect them to destroy Everton. They will probably score twice in the first half and one more in the second half.
Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish have missed international games with injury but Phil Foden, Ilkay Gundogan, Raheem Sterling and John Stones have been impressive for their countries during the international break.
Aymeric Laporte served his suspension against United, and he will probably play against Everton if Pep Guardiola won’t decide to use the same defensive duo Ruben Dias and John Stones. Things should not be very complicated from the middle and up with De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Jesus, Silva and Foden all expected to start against Everton.
Everton: Nowhere to be found
Everton enters this clash low on confidence on the back of a 5 game winless run, losing three in the process. Their only win on the road came against Brighton and they conceded 8 goals in 5 away games. Last time their beat Man City on the road was in 2010.
Rafa Benitez is now under huge pressure but his visit at the Etihad is unlikely to provide him any fresh air. Two, three more defeats and he’s out. He’s also unlucky because his main striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is still out. On top of that, midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure and defender Yerry Mina are also out.
They have been rocked back by injuries to key players which doesn’t offer them a sense of rhythm due to frequent first-team changes. Richarlison is back but it will be very tough for him against a rock-solid City defense.
Man City vs. Everton Picks
The Citizens have conceded just two goals in 5 games on home soil, both to Crystal Palace. Let’s not forget that they played the entire second hand with a man down with Aymeric Laporte being red-carded.
Everton’s only chance here is to sit back and defend and try to score on the break. The logical bet here is Man City win to nil but I’m not a big fan of this market because a mistake might happen at the back and Everton might score. So, as I previously stated, Man City should not push for a large win. They will control the pace; they will dominate possession and they will probably win 3-0 so our official pick is a combo between the winners’ market and the goals’ market.