Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at West Ham on Monday has opened the door for Manchester City and they can go top of the Premier League, albeit having played a game more, with a win on Wednesday at Everton.
The Toffees are enduring a miserable run and having previously been a genuine threat against the big boys at home, look there for the taking having won just one of their nine games against higher-placed opposition.
Over 3.5 goals @ 5/4
Last season City went to the blue half of Merseyside and produced a masterclass, with their possession figure of 82.13% the highest by an away side in the Premier League since the data started being recorded.
With Everton’s only win in their last four in all competitions coming at Huddersfield, a similar pattern of play is likely on Wednesday. Having tried to play out from the back for most of the season, Marco Silva may instead have to persuade his players to adopt what to some maybe unfamiliar tactics of trying to press the opposition.
This could leave Everton open though and their defence has hardly been impressive, keeping just two clean sheets in the league since November 24, most recently being outplayed 3-1 by Wolves on Saturday.
City to win and both to score @ 31/20
However, that does not mean Silva’s side will not score, so far netting in all but one of their home games this season.
They also have a player in Richarlison who seems to raise his game against the big teams and is 3/1 in the Anytime Goalscorer market. The Brazilian has the aerial ability to trouble City from set-pieces and the champions can be vulnerable having conceded 10 of their 20 goals this season from dead balls.
First Goal Method Of Scoring – Header @ 15/4
A header to open the scoring could well be worth a look, with the Toffees themselves struggling with balls into the box in recent games.
Pep Guardiola though may take something away from his attack if he rests Sergio Aguero – the hat-trick hero in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal – for Gabriel Jesus.
Exact Score – 1-3 @ 39/4
Last season’s aforementioned game finished 3-1 to City, as did the game at the Etihad back in December.
This fixture has been moved due to the Citizens facing Chelsea in the EFL Cup final on February 24. After bouncing back from their shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle by slamming Arsenal, they will expect to produce another convincing performance and land a psychological blow on Liverpool by edging ahead of goal difference.
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