Man City host visitors Everton at the Etihad on New Years Day. The match kicks off at 17:30 and will be screened live on BT Sport 1. Guardiola’s City will be looking to build on their recent win against a competitive Sheffield United side.
The new Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping his team can reproduce the spirit which saw them win away at Newcastle last time out. The fresh-faced 22-year-old Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored two goals to give the Toffees a much-needed victory on Tyneside.
For Manchester City, this New Years Day fixture has taken on added significance. Premier League title favourites Liverpool have opened a big gap between themselves and second-placed Man City. If Guardiola is to close the distance between the two sides, He knows City must win this game. Nevertheless, Everton head into the match with that critical ‘new manager bounce’. However, In the previous four league meetings between the two clubs, Everton has failed to take even a single point off Man City, the last time Everton won this fixture was back in 2015!
Man City Vs Everton Key Players
One bright spot for Everton is Calvert-Lewin’s form; the striker has netted eight times in the Premier League this season. The English striker has an enviable ‘Minute Per Goal’ ratio. Calvert-Lewin scores at a ratio of 142 minutes per goal, a better rate than Mo Salah (150), Raheem Sterling (152) and Marcus Rashford (144). Although, it’s worth noting that Sergio Aguero nets at a rate of 91 minutes per goal! Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will hope his star midfielder, Kevin de Bruyne can produce another performance like the one he gave on Sunday against Sheff Utd, finishing the game with an assist and a goal.
Betting Odds & Tips – Man City Vs Everton
A glance at the betting odds reveals a few exciting possibilities for this match. The bookmakers have Manchester City as the clear favourites to win this fixture. Betfred is quoting odds of 2/7 for City to beat Everton. The draw is priced at 5/1, and that could be a good outside bet for punters willing to take a risk. Personally, I like the OVER 2.5 GOAL market in this fixture (4/11). On the goalscoring front, Calvert-Lewin is available in the anytime scorer market for 11/4 and Sterling at 6/5; both bets seem like good value.
Manchester City VS Everton is a tricky fixture to call this week. On paper, City should have enough quality to beat Everton. However, City have struggled more this season than in previous years. Everton will prove difficult opponents, and with the added boost of a new manager, I wouldn’t be surprised if Everton came away from the Etihad with a point. Ironically, Scousers, red and blue will be celebrating if Everton can deny Man City all three points on New Years Day.