Everton have fought off a 10 point deduction from The Premier League and sit outside of the relegation zone. Sean Dyche’s men would be mid table if it wasn’t for this points deduction and shows the improvement in the performances from a year ago.
Manchester CIty are back from the World Club Championships and there isn’t a tougher place to go just after Christmas than to Goodison Park where the fans are close to the pitch and the atmosphere should be strong in favour of the home side.
Everton can make this a tricky game for Manchester City and with the champions not having it all their own way at the top of the Premier League this season, they know they can’t fall more points behind at the top of the League.
Manchester CIty lost at Aston Villa, then dropped points at home to Crystal Palace. They have also shown inconsistent results at home before these two games drawing with Spurs and also Liverpool from winning positions.
We all know that when it comes to the business end of the season Manchester city can go on a long winning run, but if they continue to drop points it is going to take a massive run of good form, for Manchester City to win the Premier League again.
Erling Haaland isn’t firing on all cylinders in front of goal. Defensively, Manchester CIty have switched off in games to allow teams chances to score. Although these chances have resulted in goals, Manchester City need to kill off teams, which they did so well last season.
Everton have players in form with Dwight McNeill scoring a few goals recently and with the defensive side of the game for Everton in good form too, they can frustrate Manchester City here. Calvert Lewin is likely to play so this gives Everton a boost and from set pieces Everton are dangerous.
However, with Rodri also likely to be fit for the visitors, he is a massive part of getting Manchester CIty playing and with Grealish, Foden, Silva and Alvarez ready to take any chances they come their way, Everton must be switched on.
This could be the start of Manchester CIty going on a good run of form, but the home side have ambitions of their own to move in the next bunch of teams in the lower half of the table.
So it promises to be a physical game, but one which the home side will want to ensure they come out with at least a point.
|Everton to win
|Manchester City to win
Liverpool are big favourites in this one to come away with all three points, but at ⅖ there is absolutely no value in this market. The one that attracts us is the fact that Burnley can score goals at home and showed this versus Spurs, Chelsea and Aston Villa.
They have good players who can cause Liverpool problems and Vincent Kompany’s men will look to get on the scoresheet here.
However, Liverpool will be to strong for Burnley, so our punters.pub bet of the day is 13/8 Liverpool to win and both teams to score.