On Wednesday, the betting options are somewhat limited, but this day still brings us three matches from the top tier of English football. This time, we have analyzed the encounter that will take place at Goodison Park, where Everton will host Manchester City. The start of the match between these two teams is scheduled for 9:15 PM.
Everton: Impressive performances recently!
Everton finished last season in seventeenth place in the table, and it’s well known that this seventeenth position is also the last one that ensures survival in the top flight, which has been the primary goal of the popular Toffees for many years. The most deserving person for this is undoubtedly the team’s coach, Sean Dyche, who took over the team at the end of January this year, at a time when Everton was in a position that meant relegation to a lower division. However, with his arrival, the team from Goodison Park improved their performance and ultimately managed to stay up, with a two-point advantage over eighteenth-placed Leicester.
A new development compared to last season is the news that the Toffees have been penalized with a deduction of ten points for breaching financial fair play rules. Without this penalty, the team would now be in contention for a spot in one of the European competitions, as Everton has achieved eight victories, two draws, and eight losses in eighteen matches played. Unfortunately, due to the points deduction, this is currently only enough for sixteenth place in the table, with a four-point advantage over the teams in the relegation zone. What is certainly great is that Sean Dyche’s men have been playing at a very high level recently.
Thus, the team from Goodison Park has achieved four victories in the last five Premier League matches, with only one loss, which was in the last round away at Tottenham, ending 2:1. Before that, they successively defeated teams like Nottingham, Newcastle, Chelsea, and Burnley, and the names of these clubs tell us that the Toffees did not have an easy schedule. At home, this team has played nine matches so far, achieving three victories, one draw, and five losses, which is not so good if we consider that Everton has traditionally played very well at their stadium for many years. Finally, the last head-to-head encounter between Everton and Manchester City in the English Premier League was played in mid-May this year, when the current English champions celebrated a 0:3 victory at Goodison Park, while interestingly, before that, the match at Etihad ended in a draw (1:1).
Manchester City: The Citizens under pressure!
City won the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup last season, and at the beginning of this season, the popular Citizens added two more trophies, in the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, after Pep Guardiola’s men recently demolished Brazil’s Fluminense 4:0 in the grand final. All things considered, this is probably the most successful year in Manchester City’s history, and once again, the team from the Etihad has the highest possible goals. Generally, we expected more from City in the top tier of English football, as they currently find themselves in fifth place in the table, albeit with one game less compared to other Premier League teams, since it’s known that the Citizens had commitments in the FIFA Club World Cup.
In their last match in the world’s best league, Pep Guardiola’s team only managed a draw at home against Crystal Palace, ending the match 2:2, with Palace equalizing in the final moments of the encounter. The impression is that City hasn’t been in a bigger crisis for a long time, at least when it comes to the league, with only one victory in their last five matches, which was an away game against the weaker Luton, ending 2:1. Interestingly, the current European champions also had to chase the lead in that match, but ultimately everything ended well.
The general impression is that things are only going according to plan in the Champions League, where Manchester City’s players easily secured the top spot in their group with a perfect eighteen points. To make things even better, their opponent in the round of 16 is Denmark’s Copenhagen, so the question of advancing to the quarterfinals should not be doubted for a second. Finally, regarding Pep Guardiola’s men’s away performances, the currently fifth-placed team has played nine away matches, achieving five victories, one draw, and three losses, which is probably too much at this stage of the championship for a team with the highest possible goals this season.
Our Betting Suggestions
It might be too much if Manchester City fails to win this duel, even though Everton is playing brilliantly recently. First of all, we believe that a not too high-scoring duel awaits us, as Sean Dyche will surely do his best to ensure his team doesn’t concede a goal in this encounter. Therefore, we advise you to try the Total Under 2.5 bet, which 1xBet pays out at odds of 2.09.
As we have already established, the Citizens must go for a win in this duel, so we boldly advise you to play a win for Manchester City, for which 1xBet has prepared a coefficient of 1.53.
Finally, it’s best to try a combination of the previous two suggestions, and to try your luck in this match with the Manchester City to win and Total under 2.5 goals bet, all with phenomenal odds of 3.98. Perhaps a slightly more acceptable bet is Manchester City to win and Total under 3.5 goals, also with a great odd of 2.32 at 1xBet.