Everton will entertain the current Barclays Premier League champions in a game that could have massive importance for both teams. Everton were only two points behind City at this stage last season, but they have endured a miserable campaign. They have lost seven out of their last ten games, winning only twice. A win over City would do a lot to lift the gloom around Goodison Park.
City endured a tricky start to the season as well, but they recovered much better than Everton. They have won a lot of their recent games, which has put them level on points with Chelsea at the top of the table. A win here would represent a great chance for City to continue piling on the pressure on their London rivals.
Betting sites believe that Everton will have a tough time winning this game. City have been made favorites to win, with odds of 9/10 in their favor. Odds of 11/4 can be taken on the draw, while Everton are all the way out at 10/3 to win.
It is unusual for a home team to be the underdog, especially with Everton’s recent record over City. They have put one over their richer rivals many times in the past three or four years.
Betting on Everton in this game would represent a risk. They may be able to beat City on their day, but their recent form is nothing short of miserable. Even with odds of 9/10, City are the best bet for this game. They will have too much firepower for Everton, and should win comfortably.
Notable absentees for this game are City’s star players, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero. Toure is at the African Cup of Nations, while Aguero is recovering from a knee injury.