Everton vs Man City preview - 'Bigger fish to fry'

Saturday 31st March

When the full-time whistle blew at the Etihad back in September, signaling the end of a 1-1 draw between these two sides, you'd have been hard pushed to predict the vastly differing paths both Manchester City and Everton would have taken since.

28th Mar 2018

Manchester City match preview

Pep Guardiola’s side now stand just two victories away from securing their third Premier League crown, whilst Everton are now without the manager who took charge of them that evening – having seen Ronald Koeman unceremoniously disposed of and replaced by Sam Allardyce.

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The ex-England boss has subsequently been receiving largely negative reviews of his work to date at Goodison Park, even though it looks as if he is guiding the Toffees towards a possible second-successive Europa League campaign.

Despite the mixed fortunes of the two this season, Everton do historically hold one of the more enviable records against City in recent times and haven’t lost a league meeting since 2015 – with this same fixture at Goodison last season ending in a rather embarrassing 4-0 defeat for Guardiola.

City, on the other hand, will be hoping to make their way through the first-half of their Merseyside double-header – with the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Anfield in midweek – not only unscathed but also with the chance of sealing their league crown against neighbours Manchester United next weekend still intact.

READ MORE: Everton fans fancy an upset at Goodison Park

Predicted line-up

The biggest absentee amongst City’s ranks will be club-record goalscorer Sergio Agüero, who missed the international break following a knee injury picked up in training before the brief downing of domestic tools.

Aside from the Argentine, Pep should have the rest of his charges to call upon, as the side try and secure their second domestic title of the year in a little over a weeks' time.

XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo, Fernandinho, David Silva, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Sané, Jesus.

Opposition danger man

Cenk Tosun - One of Big Sam’s January splurges, Tosun has come to life in recent weeks with goals in his last three encounters – including a match-winning double against Stoke last time out.

Goals have been hard to come by this season for Allardyce’s men, with a little over a goal a game on average, but if the Turkey international can maintain this purple patch through to the end of the season, then Everton’s campaign could look a lot rosier than anticipated come May.

Betting tips and predictions

Bet with your head

Though there are bigger fish to fry in City’s next two fixtures, the Blues will be well aware of the potential rewards available with another professional performance here against a rocky Everton side. 

Guardiola’s rearguard has kept a clean sheet in each of their three previous league outings and a fourth here against a team with only 37 league goals to their name this season is well within reach.

Get City to win 2-0 @ 13/2

Go with your gut

A win for City will push them one-step closer to a first league title under the tutelage of Guardiola – and a convincing victory will buoy confidence among the ranks ahead of a crucial Champions League quarter-final clash against Liverpool on Wednesday night.

Following the international break, there will be an expectation to hit the ground running ahead of the biggest week of the season thus far and a revenge crushing of the Toffees following the last visit to Goodison Park will be the perfect kickstarter to the next seven days.

Get over 2.5 goals @ 13/20

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