Manchester City Head to Where Champions are Slain
Last updated: September 25, 2019 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Everton 0 – 2 Man City|
An Everton side struggling to score goals host the Premier League champions Manchester City who have been scoring for fun at Goodison Park. A tricky place to visit, especially as champions, as Everton are second only to Liverpool in beating the reigning champions at home. Can the Toffees ease the pressure on their under-fire manager, or will Pep’s team produce the goods?
The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world, which means the pressure of managers is intense. With just four matches played, Javi Garcia became the first Premier League managerial casualty this season. Marco Silva is highly favoured to be the next man to be shown the door after a disappointing start to the season, sitting in 14th and collecting just 7 points from the possible 18.
Silva found it hard to explain a 2 – 0 loss in their weekend fixture at home to newly-promoted side Sheffield United with the fans booing in protest. The team is particularly poor going forward with last season’s hero Gylifi Sigurdsson underperformance this term and the overdependence on Lucas Digne on the left to produce a spark. Furthermore, the team have not scored from a set-piece nor on the counter-attack while new acquisition Moise Kean is yet to score. Despite splashing over £160m over the last two transfer windows, the team have just scored five goals and conceded 9 in the previous six games. The team have lost two consecutive matches against Bournemouth and Sheffield United.
Manchester City bounced back from the disappointing 3 – 2 loss to newly-promoted side Norwich City by thoroughly drubbing Watford 8 – 0. An interesting fact was that five goals that were netted in the first half were all scored within the opening 18 minutes (that’s the same number of goals Everton have manged in 540 minutes). David Silva opened the scoring in the first minute, but the back pages belonged to Bernardo Silva who carried the match ball home after bagging his first Premier League hat trick. However, the fact remains no matter how many goals they scored against Watford in retaliation for their weekend demise; it won’t bring back the two points dropped against Daniel Farke’s side who were incredible in the night upsetting the reigning champions.
No doubt Pep Guardiola has the strongest side in the Premier League in terms of depth and off course the most expensive defence, but recent injuries are a big worry for the champions. John Stones and most notably Aymeric Laporte (who is side-lined till next year) are out which leaves just one fit central defender in Nicolas Otamendi. These injuries have forced Fernandinho to move back to the backline, although it paid dividends in their win against Watford.
The margins for winning the Premier League are very narrow, and with five points already dropped, City cannot let Liverpool, who have a 100% record, get further ahead. Everton are also feeling the pressure, a substantial loss against City could see them lose patience with their manager, a win, however, could be the turning point of Everton’s season.
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Everton has won 10 home Premier League matches against reigning champions, only Liverpool have more with 13.
Manchester City has dropped five points so far in the Premier League. A deficit that could haunt them in their quest to retain the title.
Pep Guardiola’s side are the highest-scoring team with 24 goals in 6 games averaging four goals per match. The highest in the entire European top-flight leagues.
|Everton (4-3-3):||Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Delph, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin|
|Subs:||Stekelenburg, Holgate, Tosun, Iwobi, Davies, Kean, Walcott|
|Manchester City (4-3-3):||Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy, Rodrigo, D.Silva, De Byrne, Sterling, B.Silva, Aguero|
|Subs:||Bravo, G. Jesus, Mahrez, Gundogan, Danilo, Angelino, Cancelo|
|Injured:||Laporte, Stones, Sane|
So Far This Season
|Everton This Season||Manchester City This Season|
|2 (0)||Wins (away)||4 (2)|
|3 – 2 v Wolves||Biggest Win||8 – 0 v Watford|
|1 (1)||Draws (away)||1 (0)|
|1 – 3 v Bournemouth||Biggest Defeat||2 – 3 v Norwich City|
|Richarlison (2)||Top Goal Scorer||Aguero (8)|
|Y12, R1||Discipline||Y10, R0|
|3||Failures to Score||0|
|33%||Both Teams to Score Games||50%|
|33%||Over 2.5 Goals||100%|
|67%||Under 2.5 Goals||0%|
- Everton and Manchester City have played 44 matches against each other; Everton have 18 wins against Man City’s 17 wins, and there are nine draws between the two.
- Pep Guardiola’s side is the highest-scoring side with 24 goals averaging four goals per match while Everton has had a hard time finding the back of the net with just five goals averaging less than one goal per game.
- A fixture that was once dominated by Everton has seen the tables turn with Man City calling the shots lately, winning the last three consecutive fixtures.
- Manchester City creates an average of 4.5 chances per match with De Bruyne leading the assist tally with seven assists followed by David Silva (4) against Everton who generate an average of 1.5 opportunities created per game.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|06/02/2019||EPL||Everton 0 – 2 Man City||Laporte 45’|
|15/12/2018||EPL||Man City 3 – 1 Everton||Jesus 22′|
|31/03/2018||EPL||Everton 1 – 3 Man City||Sane 4′|
|21/08/2017||EPL||Man City 1 – 1 Everton||Rooney 35’|
|15/01/2017||EPL||Everton 4 – 0 Man City||Lukaku 34’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
The bookies have Marco Silva to be the next manager to be sacked @ 11/8, and the 42-year-old is under intense pressure to turn things around. The pressure on Manchester City is due to the dominant form of Liverpool who are yet to drop a single point. We are sorry Everton fans, but we feel your misery is going to last a bit longer. Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score, ‘no’ is our prediction. 888sport have great odds on this game and all the other weekend fixtures.