Premier League Betting: Everton v Man City - Fan v Fan Preview



Everton Perspective: Brian Lewis, Royal Mersey Blue

Team news

After a shock 3-0 loss to Wigan in the FA Cup, Everton will have to rebound as they host the defending champions. Tim Howard will be out with broken bones in his back, so Jan Mucha will get his second start in the EPL. Darron Gibson also has a thigh issue - it could keep him out of this match, though getting rested last weekend should help.

Form

Everton’s fantastic early season form has now been replaced by 2 months of mediocrity. Too many points have been lost from winning positions, and the club now sits level in points with Liverpool but does have a game in hand. This would be a fantastic match to get a result in, especially with the need to finish 5th in order to qualify for Europe now.

Head-to-head

Everton have won this fixture more often than not in recent times. Roberto Mancini and David Moyes have developed a nice little rivalry and we always seem up for this game. Earlier this season Everton lost 2-0 to City, but last year the Toffees lost the first match 2-0 before winning the second 1-0.

Best bets

Kevin Mirallas to score at 3.70. The Belgian was the only player who looked good during the loss to Wigan, and I think he'll continue in that vein.

Leighton Baines to score at 9.00. Baines always seems to do something in big matches. I can easily see one of his free-kicks fooling Joe Hart

Over 3.5 goals at 3.10. I fancy an open game on Saturday.

Score prediction: Everton 3-2 Man City (32.00)

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Man City perspective:
Ric Turner, Blue Moon MCFC

Team news

Sergio Aguero has been ruled out with a knee injury and joins Micah Richards, Maicon and Jack Rodwell on the injury list. Vincent Kompany remains a doubt with his lingering calf injury and Samir Nasri may not have recovered from a thigh injury sustained in last weekend’s F.A. Cup quarter-final. On a positive note, Carlos Tevez is expected to be available despite concerns over a possible hamstring injury, whilst James Milner, Javi Garcia, Matija Nastasic and Gael Clichy are all poised to return to the starting line-up after being rested last weekend.

Form

City have been in good form since the disappointing defeat against Southampton, winning their last four games without conceding a goal (and scoring 12 in the process). Admittedly two of those games were cup ties against lower league opposition, but the Blues seem to hitting form as the season reaches its final stages. Our chances of retaining the title went a long time ago, but City will be hoping to finish strongly and ensure Spurs don’t close the gap.

Head-to-head

Our overall record against Everton is fairly even: we have won 63 of our previous 171 meetings and lost 65. However, our recent record is woeful; the Toffees have been a real bogey team for City. We have only managed two victories in our last 11 games against the Merseysiders, and were perhaps fortunate to draw in the reverse fixture at the Etihad in December.

Best bets

Under 2.5 goals at 1.90. Everton are a difficult side to face whilst City’s away form has been mixed. This should be a tight game.

Carlos Tevez to score first at 6.00. Tevez will be in confident mood following his hat-trick against Barnsley.

Man City/draw HT/FT at 15.00. Everton will be nervous after a disappointing result last weekend and we could capitalise on that with an early goal. The draw looks the likely final result though.

Score prediction: Everton 1-1 Man City (6.75)

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