Manchester City keep their pursuit of happiness which is another Premier League title in the match against an Everton side that don’t seem to get anything right. After embarrassing themselves with a loss against CSKA Moscow in Champions League, the Citizens continue with their unbeaten run of five matches. Everton’s last five matches show one defeat, two wins and two draws. It is mixed results like this that put them currently on the 11th place in the table.
Kompany’s injury is not as serious as feared, but it is unclear whether Pellegrini will risk the defender prior to their crucial Champions League match. Mangala is back from suspension, and chances are we’ll see a Demichelis-Mangala defensive partnership. Everton are awaiting definitive news on Naismith’s return from his hamstring injury, and could benefit from Eto’o returning to the forward line. McCarthy is also making a timely return to Everton’s starting eleven which should provide home fans with some assurance that it might not get too bad.
Everton finished 5th last season and their recent form guaranteed them Europa League play offs, but cannot help them much in Premier League. Last time Everton won at Etihad was back in 2013, and ever since Manchester City has been winning their head to head matches. However, Everton could benefit from the fact that despite Aguero’s scoring form, they are rather bad at keeping clean sheets. Ross Barkley is yet to recover his pre-injury form, and together with Osman and Barry create a line that would put the Citizens in trouble.
We don’t think Man City will jeopardize their Premier League title chances, which is why Bet365 gives them 1.50 odds to win, because as long as Aguero plays, the Citizens win. Everton got 7.00 odds for an upset and a draw has 4.75 odds. Under 3.5 cards per game has 2.00 odds, and if you want to bet on corners then between 9 and 11 corners have 3.00 odds. Aguero has 1.72 odds to score, Jovetic 2.25 while Lukaku has 3.20 odds for the same market. We are going to bet 5 units on Manchester City to win both halves with 3.40 odds from Bet365.
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