How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Man City 17/20, Draw 29/10, Everton 16/5 - BetVictor
- First Goalscorer: Sergio Aguero (MCI) 10/3, Kelechi Iheanacho (MCI) 9/2, Romelu Lukaku (EVE) 11/2 - William Hill
- Correct Score: Draw 1-1 7/1, Man City 1-0 8/1, Man City 2-1 8/1 - BetVictor
- Everton have been consistently inconsistent this season as they struggle to adapt to life under Ronald Koeman, with the Dutchman so far failing to replicate the success he enjoyed with former employers Southampton. A 3-0 win over the Saints seemed to get 2017 off to the best possible start for the Toffees, but a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Leicester City in the FA Cup saw the mood around Goodison darken once more.
- Manchester City may have lost ground in the title race after a poor showing at Liverpool, but the Citizens still find themselves just seven points adrift of league leaders Chelsea. A run of five wins in six games, including a thumping 5-0 win over West Ham in the FA Cup, has left Pep Guardiola’s side full of confidence ahead of the second half of the season, but with Arsenal and city rivals Manchester United hot on their heels, can the boys in sky blue keep this form going?
Despite being able to boast an impressive home record, Everton enter this game as the underdogs, but this is a tag that will perhaps suit Koeman’s side. A memorable 2-1 victory over Arsenal prior to Christmas saw the Toffees demonstrate a never-say-die attitude that has been lacking from a number of their other outings this term. Should the players put in a similar shift, there is no reason why the home faithful can’t be sent home beaming. 32Red’s odds of 7/2 on an Everton win could tempt some punters, but a draw looks to offer a greater chance of success at 14/5.
Over the past few years, Merseyside hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Manchester City. With just three wins in their last 27 trips to both Liverpool-based grounds, it’s safe to say City fans might not be too keen on the journey down the M62. However, if Guardiola’s side are to challenge for the title, they will have to overcome this hoodoo pretty quickly. The bookies seem to fancy City’s chances, with BetVictor pricing the visitors at 17/20, while a win to nil is available at 12/5. However, given Claudio Bravo’s erratic form this campaign, an away win in which both teams score could be the more likely result - 5/2 with William Hill.
This game will see John Stones go toe-to-toe with many of his former teammates following his £47.5 million summer move to the Etihad. The 22-year-old defender will be charged with keeping Romelu Lukaku at bay, as the hulking Everton forward goes in search of his 12th goal in all competitions this season. The Belgian is 5/1 with Paddy Power to break the deadlock, while a clean sheet for Stones and City is priced at 15/8 with Boylesports.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Draw - 14/5 with 32Red
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.