Man City v Everton – Etihad Stadium at 15:00
My second Asian Handicap Betting Preview for this weekend’s football, and this one is looking to be a great match to cover. Both Manchester City and Everton head into this tie on the back of defeats and will want to bounce back on Saturday.
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Pep Guardiola suffered his first defeat as Manchester City boss in their last match, losing 2-0 away to Tottenham, but it hasn’t been all that bad considering City sit top of the Premier League and have only conceded four goals at home this season.
Furthermore, apart from their last game, City cannot stop scoring. Sergio Aguero has found the net eight times in eight matches in all competitions, while Raheem Sterling has been making his contribution too after it was stated he was heading for a downward spiral.
It’s weird though, many football fans before the season kicked off were saying: “let’s see if Pep can do it in the most difficult league,” and here he is sitting top of the table with six out of seven wins under his belt. People may realise by the end of this season that he is actually a world class boss, but then again the whole idea of money will come back into it.
The only issue for the Spaniard now is injuries as Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Bacary Sagna are all sidelined. Along with captain Vincent Kompany, but that’s no surprise.
It will be interesting to see what formation the former Barcelona manager goes for in this match, previously sticking with a 4-2-3-1 before switching up to a 4-3-3. The attack of Everton is one to watch, yet their defence is difficult to breakdown as well.
The Toffees, meanwhile, have had one of their best starts to the season and are sitting fifth in the Premier League, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows considering they have only secured one point from their last three matches in all competitions.
Ronald Koeman’s last match ended in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at home; after taking the lead it looked sound for the hosts, but things got difficult and they only walked away in frustration with a single point.
A player I am hoping turns up at the Etihad on Saturday is Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker has been on fire and recently became the fourth youngest player to score 50 goals before his 23rd birthday. Scoring five in five this season, he is definitely one to watch. Furthermore, I hope Ross Barkley picks himself up soon otherwise he could be facing some time on the bench. He has not impressed this campaign.
Similar to Pep, Koeman has been sticking with the 4-2-3-1 formation, with plenty of creativity up top, but recently changed to a 4-3-3 formation which was the draw against Palace. It would be interesting to see if the Dutchman sticks to what has been working so far this season.
An ambition for Everton will be European football, but it is still too early in the season to think of that. However, considering they only have the FA Cup to compete for this campaign Koeman has no excuses for his team to not at least challenge for the top four.
The last time these two sides met was at the Etihad and Manchester City walked away with a comfortable 3-1 victory. On top of this, Everton have not won at the Etihad in six years; claiming two points out of a possible 18 since 2010.
I’m expecting a good match here, but shame it is on at three o’clock. Guardiola will be looking to bounce back, while I think Koeman will believe his side can cause a shock in Manchester on Saturday. Overall, it is too tight to back a side, so I am going overs.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 3.25 goals @ 2.19 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.