Man City vs Everton: City defence to dominate

Man City vs Everton: City defence to dominate

Kick-off: 1400, 21/11/2021

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City will look to back up their derby victory when they welcome out-of-form Everton to the Etihad Stadium.

City, having lost at home to Crystal Palace in their last home Premier League outing, cruised to a 2-0 win at Manchester United prior to the international break.

Pep Guardiola’s side have a dominant recent record against the Toffees so a home win to nil at 7/10 is our first Man City vs Everton prediction.

Man City Odds

Palace became the first side in the league to score at the Etihad this season when securing a shock 2-0 win on October 30.

City responded with a 4-1 triumph over Club Brugge and that dominant win at Old Trafford, secured by an Eric Bailly own goal and a Bernardo Silva tap-in.

The first of three home games in a week – against Everton, Paris St Germain and West Ham – will be crucial for City now.

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan said: “We have got some good results in these kind of games (United win) this season and obviously it is about repeating that game by game.

“Unfortunately we have lost a few points against other teams that was not necessary.

“It is about improving in these kind of games as well, not giving easy points away because the Premier League seems to be more and more competitive every year.”

City will be buoyed by their recent run against Everton, winning their last eight encounters, with six bringing over 2.5 goals.

City have scored 28 in eight home games this season and a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 win is 29/20 in the Man City vs Everton odds.

Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Jesus.

City are without playmaker Kevin De Bruyne after the Belgium international tested positive for coronavirus during the international break.

Fellow midfielder Jack Grealish is also unlikely to feature due to the knock that forced him to pull out of England’s World Cup qualifier with San Marino on Monday.

Phil Foden is also doubtful after suffering a leg injury while away with England and Ferran Torres is a longer-term absentee but defender Aymeric Laporte is available again after suspension.

Everton Odds

Everton’s good start to the season has faded following a five-match winless streak.

The Toffees ended a three-game losing run with a goalless draw at home to Tottenham, following defeats to West Ham, Watford and Wolves.

Boss Rafael Benitez said: “I said so many times the commitment is there. We can make mistakes, concede goals and miss chances, but in terms of the commitment we have seen the team, especially at home, have that.

“We lost two games because we made mistakes – from the first minute until the last minute every player was giving everything and the fans were behind them.”

With City free-scoring at home, Everton have only kept one clean sheet on the road so far this campaign.

City forward Gabriel Jesus has enjoyed playing Everton over the last few seasons, scoring eight goals in his last eight appearances.

The Brazilian is 5/4 to make it nine in nine in our Man City vs Everton betting tips.

Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Keane, Digne, Godfrey, Coleman, Allan, Delph, Townsend, Richarlison, Gray, Gordon.

Midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure (metatarsal) is one to two weeks away from returning and striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (thigh) will not be back for up to three weeks.

Centre-back Yerry Mina (hamstring) and Andre Gomes (calf) are also missing while defender Mason Holgate is suspended.

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