Kick-off: 2000, 28/12/2020
Stadium: Goodison Park
TV: Amazon Prime
Two of the form teams in the Premier League meet at Goodison Park with Manchester City knowing a win will lift them above Everton in the table.
Everton are second behind neighbours Liverpool after four straight wins but City are only three points behind them with a better goal difference and have a game in hand.
It is in defence where both teams have looked particularly strong recently and under 2.5 goals looks good value at 5/4 for our opening Everton vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Everton remain unbeaten in December after following up a draw at Burnley with victories against Chelsea, Leicester, Arsenal and Sheffield United.
Only two goals have been conceded during that run and Saturday’s clean sheet at Bramall Lane meant the Toffees finished in the top four at Christmas for the first time in 16 years after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 80th-minute strike gave them a 1-0 win.
“I am really pleased,” said boss Carlo Ancelotti. “It is a victory for the spirit of the team, rather than the quality.
“The defence of the team was solid and we didn’t give opportunities to Sheffield. We scored a fantastic goal with a good combination.
“We knew we had to be patient and not give them opportunities to be in the game, so this was the plan. We knew we wouldn’t have many opportunities to score.
“We are pleased we win a lot of games and we have won away five times this season and this is really good, but we have another game in two days’ time and we must try our best to prepare for this game. It is nearly impossible, but we try.”
This looks set to be a close contest and we’re backing any team to win by exactly one goal at 33/20 in the Everton vs Man City odds, which would have paid out in five of Everton’s last seven games.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Mina, Godfrey, Sigurdsson, Doucoure, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi, Gordon.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City are still not hitting the heights of recent seasons but are gradually getting back into the title race after a slow start.
A six-match unbeaten run featuring four wins and five clean sheets means City now have the leaders in their sights and Pep Guardiola felt the 2-0 win against Newcastle on Boxing Day was their best performance of the season.
Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres struck in each half at the Etihad Stadium and Guardiola said: “That is the tempo we need to play.
“Everybody needs to do their jobs and this was a good example. Our positional game was perfect.
“I’m so glad how we played. We had a victory, we climbed some positions. Unfortunately we could not score more goals but it is a good result and three more points.”
At their best City have more quality than Everton so a similar performance should be good enough to leave Merseyside with all three points.
Let’s go with a 1-0 away win at 7/1 for our final Everton vs Man City prediction.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Dias, Stones, Ake, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Torres.
Sheff Utd 0-1 EVERTON – Gylfi Sigurdsson
MAN CITY 2-0 Newcastle – Ilkay Gundogan, Ferran Torres
Head-to-head: Man City 2-1 Everton, Everton 1-3 Man City, Everton 0-2 Man City, Man City 3-1 Everton, Everton 1-3 Man City, Man City 1-1 Everton
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