Manchester City travel to Everton on Saturday knowing they can’t afford another slip up.
The Champions, trailing Liverpool by five points already in the title race, put in one of their greatest performances of the Pep era last weekend destroying Watford by 8 goals to nil. They were 5-0 up inside twenty minutes and in the end fell just one goal short of Manchester United’s Premier League record for the heaviest victory of 9-0.
In contrast Everton suffered a disappointing 2-0 deafest at home to Sheffield United leaving them with just seven points from their opening six league games. Which, in truth, is a disappointing return for a side who’s spent big in the summer. Therefore Marco Silva is under increasing pressure to turn things around, the last thing he wants or needs is Manchester City rocking up to Goodison Park full of confidence.
Everton fans will be fearing the worst no doubt and no wonder. Man City have been ruthless since their shock defeat to Norwich, scoring 14 goals and conceding none in their last three games in all competitions. They’re 21/20 to score over 2.5 goals.
You never quite know what starting eleven Pep Guardiola is going to opt for with so many world class players at his disposal. Raheem Sterling was rested for their impressive victory over the Hornets, but featured with a goal in midweek during City’s Carabao Cup victory over Preston. He’s 21/20 to score anytime.
Red hot Aguero
Sergio Aguero leads the golden boot race with eight goals and he’s 3/1 to open the scoring at Goodison.
City have won their last three meetings with Everton by a winning margin of two. -1 on the handicap is 5/6. Last season’s trip to the Goodison finished 0-2 to the Citizens and it’s 7/1 for a repeat on Saturday.
Everton looking to get back to winning ways
Up until last Saturday’s defeat to Sheffield United Everton were unbeaten at Goodison this season. And Marco Silva will be hoping his side can bounce back in emphatic fashion with a win over the champions. The Toffees are 10/1 to pick up a famous three points, the draw is 5/1 and Manchester City are as short as 3/10 to make it back to back Premier League wins.