Everton v Man City Betting Preview | 31st March
In our Everton v Manchester City betting preview we look at the most popular bets and tips along with team news, potential line-ups, stats and facts and more for the late kick off in this Saturday’s Premier League action.
Everton v Man City Betting Preview
Venue: Goodison Park (Merseyside)
Channel: BT Sport One
Manchester City make the short trip to Goodison Park on Saturday knowing that a win will leave them one victory away from securing the Premier League trophy.
The reverse fixture between these sides ended in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad on the second week of the season. A controversial Kyle Walker red card made the headlines as Raheem Sterling cancelled out Wayne Rooney’s first half strike. City’s home form since that first game at the Etihad has been formidable though, failing to drop a single point at home since.
This weekend marks the beginning of a difficult run of fixtures for Guardiola’s side. As well as visiting Goodison Park, City also travel to Spurs, hosting neighbours United in between two Champions League legs against Liverpool. Season defining it could be said, but with the league already in the bag, Pep will certainly have one eye on Europe despite the magnitude of their league games against tricky opposition. It will be interesting to see his team selection going into this weekend’s clash with Everton, the league title is so close, but so is the first leg of their quarter final with Liverpool in the Champions League.
Sam Allardyce’s mission to steer the sinking Everton ship clear of relegation since taking over is all but complete as we approach the business end of the season. Ronald Koeman’s nightmare start to the campaign left Everton tredding water with Christmas fast approaching, but Big Sam’s familiar impact leaves Everton sitting comfortably in 9th, just 3 points off Burnley in 7th. They’ve secured the magic 40 points and a top half finish will be considered an acceptable achievement considering the unexpected situation they found themselves in after October.
They also present themselves as a slight bogey team for City, winning this fixture 4-0 last season whilst securing a draw at the Etihad, Maarten Steklenburg saving two Man City penalties. Prodigal son Wayne Rooney is set to start in behind the inform Tosun, Rooney’s scored 9 goals against Manchester City in his career, only Alan Shearer (11) has scored more against them.
Gueye and Davies picked up knocks in the International break ruling them out, Ashley Williams is serving a suspension. Sigurdsson joins McCarthy, Holgate and Mangala on the sidelines.
Aguero (knee) faces late fitness test. Delph could return.
Everton Potential Starting XI: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines, Schneiderlin, Klaasen, Walcott, Bolasie, Rooney, Tosun
Man City Potential Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, B Silva, Jesus, Sane
Stats & Facts
- Everton won this fixture 4-0 last season under the management of Ronald Koeman.
- The reverse fixture finished 1-1 at the Etihad Stadium this season. Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling were the scorers.
- Manchester City will be one victory away from mathematically winning the Premier League title if they beat Everton.
Head To Head
Everton 68 – D 47 – Man City – 68
Everton 15/2 – D 19/5 – Man City 4/11 (Sky Bet)
- David Silva to score anytime – 5/2
- Manchester City to win 2-0 – 11/2