Everton vs Manchester City Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Everton vs Manchester City | Saturday 10 January, 2015 | Goodison Park | 15.00
Everton will be chasing every opportunity on Saturday in a hope to prove their form against Premier League champions Manchester City.
A win for the hosts at Goodison Park would end a disappointing run of four league defeats that’s seen them fall to 13th in the table.
The Toffees haven’t had much better luck in the FA Cup, drawing 1-1 with West Ham on Tuesday with a last minute equaliser from Romelu Lukaku.
Despite a their recent struggles, boss Roberto Martinez is confident that his men will turn their season around and display a much improved form on Saturday.
“We need to take responsibility,” he said. “We’re playing at home, we’ve had four bad results and we need to put that right. It doesn’t matter what kind of opposition you’re playing.
“Looking at our position in the league all we want is to get momentum and to do that you need a little chain of good results. Man City could follow the performance we put in against West Ham.”
Martinez will be without Sylvain Distin on Saturday but will be relieved to welcome back Leighton Baines who was injured and Antolin Alcaraz from suspension.
Manchester City have been at the top of their game in recent weeks after a slow start to the season, winning 11 out of their last 12 matches across all competitions. They’re now neck and neck with Chelsea at the top of the table not only on points and goal difference but on goals scored as well.
Everton’s biggest problem will be that City’s top scorer Sergio Aguero has returned to full training and is likely to start alongside fellow striker Edin Dzeko.
Aguero has been out since City’s 1-0 victory over Everton at the start of December where he strained his knee ligaments but seems to have recovered to full fitness in time for the reverse at Goodison Park.
Captain Vincent Kompany also returns from a hamstring problem this weekend however midfielder Yaya Toure will miss the fixture to play for the Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations.
City is hoping that by the end of the gameweek they’ll have overtaken Chelsea at the top of the table, with midfielder James Milner confident that City will dominate throughout the rest of the season.
“Hopefully we’ll be looking to open up a little gap of our own,” he said. “All we can do is concentrate on our games and if we can get the results we want to get, it depends on how Chelsea do.”
Everton vs Manchester City Betting Tips
City look good to win 2-1 at Goodison Park at 15/2 with Betway, but Everton won’t make it easy for them. We’ll be backing Lukaku to score first at 15/2 at Betfred with City coming from behind to steal the victory.