Manchester City v Everton Betting Tips & Predictions - Wednesday 1st January 2020

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A test against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City is not what an under-fire Marco Silva needs right now. He helped ease a small amount of the pressure in midweek thanks to a 2-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, but ultimately it is the team’s showing in the league that will determine the 42year old’s fate.

There is no danger of Pep Guardiola getting the boot anytime soon but he does have things to be concerned about, mainly the state of his side’s title defence. The Citizens are already five points off the pace and should they drop points again, Liverpool would surely become the new title favourites.

Top Tips

Man City to win -1 goal @ 4/5

Man City to win to nil @ 13/10

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Everton News: Silva favourite for the sack following Blades defeat

Everton Fans at Goodison Park
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Marco Silva began the season at around odds of 12/1 to be the first Premier League manager facing the axe but these odds tumbled as his side took no points from their home match against Sheffield United. Losing 2-0 at home to a newly promoted side put the Portuguese boss under intense scrutiny, particularly after again splashing the cash on transfers over the summer. The Toffees board has kept quiet on the speculation regarding Silva’s future for now so it is a real wonder how much time he has left if things do not improve.

Manchester City News: Bernardo Silva in hot water for tweet

Manchester City's Etihad Stadium
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The Football Association has written to Manchester City seeking a response to a tweet published by Bernando Silva. The now deleted post saw the Portuguese international compare team-mate Benjamin Mendy to the character on the packet of Iberian sweet brand, Conguitos. Silva initially defended his actions claiming he “can’t even joke with a friend these days” but this is unlikely to be the end of it. Pep Guardiola has said it would be a mistake to punish the midfielder but anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out stated that action must be taken, including the suggestion that mandatory education should be given.

Fernandinho issues word of caution

Since losing both John Stones and Aymeric Laporte to injury, Man City have managed three consecutive clean sheets. Makeshift centre back Fernandinho has slotted into the heart of defence on two of these occasions, forging a surprisingly solid partnership with Nicolas Otamendi.

Despite the promising start, the Brazilian has warned of sterner challenges to come as he adapts to his new role. He admitted that neither Shakhtar Donetsk nor Watford really made him work and so people need to wait and see what happens against more attacking sides that make behind-the-line runs.

Analysis: Goodison Park not so intimidating now

Prior to last weekend, Everton had won each of their last six matches at Goodison Park. The likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United travelled to Merseyside in this time but all walked away empty handed. Having also managed to hold Liverpool to a goalless draw before this streak, the home of the Toffees was becoming quite the fortress. It certainly doesn’t feel that way now though following the defeat to Sheffield United, a result which leaves the fans far more pessimistic about their chances in this game.

City back on track

Following their truly shocking defeat away at Norwich, many fans and pundits questioned if City were up to their usual standards this season. Every team has the occasion bad day though, especially when adjusting to a major absentee in the heart of defence. Being the champions they are, Pep’s men did not dwell on the loss and have won their following three matches since by an aggregate score of 14-0.

Back to the level with which we have become so familiar over the past two seasons, City look all set for another simple victory. Odds of 1/3 for a straight away win are not lucrative enough for most so give them a boost by backing the visitors with a small -1 goal handicap at odds of 4/5.

Toffees offer no bite

For a side aiming for a top six finish, averaging less than a goal per game is quite frankly an awful record. Despite adding to his attacking options this summer, Silva’s side has regularly looked short on ideas going forwards. The underlying stats state that poor finishing is partly to blame but even when looking at expected goals, the Toffees only rank 14th in the league.

The City defence is not at its strongest without Aymeric Laporte, but so far Fernandinho has done a solid job covering in his absence. Top teams may expose the fact he is not a natural centre back but with Everton offering such a limited threat, the visitors stand a fine chance of winning to nil at odds of 13/10.

Recent Matches

Everton have only won one of their last 12 league meetings with City but what a win it was. The 4-0 rout in 2017 was the heaviest league defeat Pep Guardiola has ever suffered as a manager. The Toffees faithful have had little else to cheer either side of that win but they have at least seen their team score against the Citizens on six of the last seven occasions.

6th February 2019: Everton 0 – 2 Manchester City

City returned to the top of the table for the first time in nearly two months courtesy of this victory at Everton. The teams were set to go into the break all square but seconds before the whistle, Aymeric Laporte headed home his fourth goal of the season. Everton pushed for an equaliser during the second period but never offered a threat, ending the game with a mere four efforts on goal. The points looked largely safe for City but Gabriel Jesus made sure of things as he netted for the visitors deep into injury time.

15th December 2018: Manchester City 3 – 1 Everton

When these two went head-to-head at the Etihad Stadium in the reverse Premier League fixture back in December, Man City cruised to a 3-1 victory. Gabriel Jesus ended his own personal goal drought and sent City on their way with a goal in the 22nd minute. Jesus doubled the home team’s advantage five minutes after half time, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulling one back for the Toffees. Former Liverpool man Raheem Sterling made sure of the points in the 69th minute with a header.

31st March 2018: Everton 1 – 3 Manchester City

The full time score here didn’t reflect just how easy this game was for City. Such was their domination in the first-half, midfielder Fernandinho managed just two fewer passes than the entire Everton team. The one-sidedness continued in the second period as City ended up with 82% possession, the highest recorded total from a visiting side in a Premier League match. David Silva was the orchestrator behind the sumptuous display and he rightly took many of the plaudits after the game.

21st August 2017: Manchester City 1 – 1 Everton

Kyle Walker’s home debut was one he was left to regret after the right back collected two yellow cards before the half-time interval. With City already a goal down and now a man short, a rare home defeat was looking like a distinct possibility. The Citizens showed great determination as they attempted to pull level despite their numerical disadvantage though and eventually got their reward. With eight minutes left to play Raheem Sterling volleyed home, cancelling out Wayne Rooney’s emotionally celebrated first half strike.

15th January 2017: Everton 4 – 0 Manchester City

Guardiola suffered his heaviest ever league defeat as manager as he was left stunned by a sublime Everton performance. The Toffees didn’t see all that much of the ball but when they did they made it count, scoring with four of their six shots on target. The turning point in the match came at 1-0 when Tom Davies headed Bacary Sagna’s header off the line. The hosts never looked back after this point, with Davies himself grabbing a goal to savour on his second league start.

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