Everton v Manchester City Preview
Manchester City face a big test this weekend when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. The Sky Blues are having a difficult start to the season under new manager Pep Guardiola and have a tough away game to try and build up some momentum. Everton have been in decent shape in recent weeks and can certainly harm City in their own backyard given their impressive record at Goodison Park. Everton have picked up results in recent head-to-heads with City so they shouldn’t be ruled out. Home side Everton are currently seventh in the Premier League with 30 points from 20 games, coming off the back of three wins and a draw from their last five. The Toffees have been strong on home soil too, boasting two wins from their previous three in their own backyard. Ronald Koeman’s side have lost just once at Goodison Park in the league this season and could narrow the deficit to sixth-placed Manchester United if results go their way. Everton still have West Bromwich Albion breathing down their neck so they’re going to need a result this weekend to keep the Midlands outfit below them in the table. As for the visitors, Manchester City are fourth in the league with 42 points from 20 games. Guardiola’s side are coming off the back of fine form with four wins from their last five, but haven’t impressed in regard to recent performances which could see Everton taking advantage. City still have one of the best away records in the division, but have lost two of their previous three ahead of their trip to Goodison Park and have failed to beat Everton in three of their last four head-to-heads in the league. As a result, Everton are 18/5 with 888 Sport to win against Manchester City. There could be goals on Sunday given both sides have been guilty of defensive lapses. Everton and Manchester City have conceded more than a goal a game in the Premier League this season, and have scored and conceded in two of their last four head-to-heads. Everton don’t have a good record with Guardiola’s men, having failed to beat City since 2013, so they remain the underdogs even with home advantage and the visitors being vulnerable. Manchester City are 17/20 with Paddy Power to win against Everton, but a draw shouldn’t be ruled out either. Three of the past four meetings in the league between Everton and City have resulted in draws, and Everton and Manchester City are 2/1 with Marathon Bet to play out a stalemate. City have more to play for this weekend given their top-four spot is greatly at risk should they fall short at Everton, with the chance to move up a place in the table with a win at Goodison Park. Both sides are in decent form ahead of the meeting and have proven inseparable in recent seasons. A draw wouldn’t be an awful result for the pair, but it wouldn’t improve either side’s fortunes in the league so there may be a winner at full-time.