Everton caused a mighty shock by thrashing Brighton 5-1 and giving them a massive chance of survival. A brace from Doucoure and McNeil gave Everton a surprise win on the road and next up is a home game against the mighty Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Last time out at Goodison Park Everton were thrashed 4-1 by Newcastle United and it looked bleak for Sean Dyche’s men. Everton will need to put in a better home performance to have any chance of competing against the force that is Manchester City.
What gives Everton a better chance of getting a positive result is the Champions League semi-final is finely poised as Pep Guardiola is sure to make changes to their starting XI and this could play in the hands of the home side.
Manchester City have not been convincing in recent weeks after putting a dagger in Arsenal’s title hopes with a 4-1 win at Etihad Stadium. A 2-1 away win at Fulham, followed by a 2-1 home win over Leeds securing 3pts in each game, but there was a chance of City dropping points.
Earlier on this season Manchester City drew 1-1 at home to Everton and Manchester City will be looking to gain all 3 points and move one step closer to retaining the Premier League title and also the treble.
One player to follow this week is likely to be Alvarez of Manchester City as given the rotation by Pep, he is set to be given another appearance from the start and after his superb winning goal v Fulham, he will be eyeing more goals against Everton.
The home side will be buoyed by their win at Brighton and should the crowd really get behind the team, it could be an uncomfortable afternoon for Manchester City.
Manchester City 1 v 1 Everton
|Draw||4/1 William Hill|
|Manchester City||1 / 3 William Hill|
This promises to be fascinating game as Manchester City will be resting players ahead of the Champions League 2nd leg next midweek, so Everton can look to capitalize on this following their 5 goal haul at Brighton.
The problem for Everton is that Manchester City’s changes are likely to see Foden, Mahrez and Alvarez come into the side and this world class talent is more than capable of securing a win for Manchester City.
Our first punters.pub bet of the week is Manchester City to win by 1 goal at 11/4 with Bet365. Looking at the changes Manchester City will make, plus the fact Everton come into this with confidence, lends itself to a tighter game than people may think. Manchester City have won their past two Premier League games by exactly one goal and at 11/4 with William Hill, we see this as a value bet this week.
One further pick we’re putting up for punters.pub readers is Julian Alvarez to score anytime in the match at 21/10 with William Hill. Given he is likely to start, Everton don’t have a strong defence at home conceding 7 in their last two games and with alvarez quality, he is value to score anytime in the match at 21/10 with William Hill