Manchester City have suddenly found their feet. The Toffees will be facing a side who have suddenly returned to form of late and a home win at the Etihad looks very much to be on the cards.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are a different animal to last month when they managed a single point from their two Champions League games and dropped points to QPR and West Ham in the Premier League. They were also knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Newcastle United and things were starting to look bleak for the reigning champions.
Many were starting to question Pellegrini’s tactics and the real concern was that the season may be over by Christmas at the Etihad. Such pessimism was unfounded however and with four wins out of four games in all competitions, Manchester City are once again in with a chance of keeping up with league leaders Chelsea as well as keeping their European dreams alive following their dramatic win over Bayern Munich late last month.
The Bundesliga champions are one of Europe’s sides and although City’s victory against them was far from convincing, they nevertheless produced a remarkable comeback thanks to that man Sergio Aguero, the Argentinian star producing an excellent display with a hat-trick against the Germans.
This result would suggest that Manchester City are on the up and the manner of their wins has been impressive. A comeback against Swansea sealed the points on that occasion and subsequent wins over Southampton and Sunderland have seen three goal margins in each match.
Odds of 8/15 are up for grabs at Betfred that City manage a fifth successive victory in all competitions, a price which would certainly be backable for anyone interested in including it in their weekend accas.
City defeated the Toffees in last season’s corresponding fixture, the Everton side on that occasion enjoying better form than their counterparts this weekend. Martinez has moulded his side into a force to be reckoned with nevertheless, however Wednesday’s hard fought 1-1 draw with struggling Hull City would suggest that their inconsistency could be their undoing.
The Merseyside team appear to be struggling with their European and domestic commitments, not an unusual occurrence perhaps but one which is a particular strain for Martinez and his relatively small squad.They have made five Europa League appearances and have followed all but two with a Premier League defeat, the other two matches involving a win against struggling Burnley and a goalless draw with Sunderland.
We fancy City to win this match with relative ease, a victory by at least two goals up for grabs at 5/4 with Betfred. Another option is backing Sergio Aguero to score anytime, a banker really and decent value at 4/5 with Sky Bet.
The Argentinian scored twice against Southampton at the weekend, taking his season tally to 19 with eight of those scored in the last seven appearances. He can be credited more than anyone else for reviving City’s fortunes of late and the manner in which he helped them seal the points against Bayern Munich was nothing short of remarkable.
As such, we’ll also be backing Aguero to score two or more goals at 18/5 with Betfair, a great price for a player who is currently at his very best.
Our betting tips
Manchester City to win 2-0 – BetVictor 9/1
Anytime Goalscorer, Sergio Aguero – Sky Bet 4/5
Sergio Aguero to score at least twice – Betfair 18/5