Man. City v Everton | Match Preview and Betting Tips

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Everton travel to Manchester City for the second leg of their League Cup semi-final.  Our man with the sweet tooth joins the Toffees and heads to the Ethidad to bring you his latest opinion, stats and facts and betting tips ahead of the game.  

Man City v Everton - Full Match Betting

Manchester City v Everton
Wednesday 27th Jan. 19:45   
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1/2 Man City

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7/2 Draw
5/1 Everton
4/7 Both Teams to Score 
9/2 Sterling's Conversion? Raheem to score 1st 
9/2  Barkley's a banker? Ross Barkley to score at anytime
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The bright lights await!

When Everton arrive at The Etihad they will face a Manchester City side hell-bent on reaching Wembley and securing the League Cup for the second time in three years... after all, the last time they won it they went on to win the Premier League.  However, the Toffees are not without their own ambitions and tonight's match has all the makings of a classic.

Everton lead 2-1 but their form has suffered something of a blip recently, winless in their last three, including a 1-2 reverse at home to Swansea on Sunday. Boss Martinez knows that the disquiet surrounding his future is increasing and will be looking at securing a cup final to lessen the noise. Unfortunately, he goes into the game with influential midfielders Kevin Mirallas and Muhamed Besic injured and could pin his hopes on Steven Pienaar to provide the creative spark. Pienaar has only had three substitute appearances this season and while his ability is not in question his readiness for what could be a blood-n-thunder cup tie must be.

However, needs must and Martinez will be forced to play the cards he's dealt. Aaron Lennon could be asked to play further forward than normal, his pace set to test a City backline desperately missing the class of Vincent Kompany. Sure, he won't be looking forward to arriving on the back of the mini-slump, but with Gerard Deulofeu firing on all cylinders the ex-Barcelona man could be Everton's ace in the pack.

Dancing with the Devil

Dammed if you do and dammed if you don't. Both managers will be wary of commiting too much in the way of playing personnel in their quest to reach Wembley, with Manual Pellegrini, whose City players are still firing on four fronts, with possibly the most to lose should an injury occur to a key player. However, the disappointment losing a cup semi-final can install can see a malaise envelope a club that takes months to dispel.  

Manchester City welcome old boy Gareth Barry back knowing he could be instrumental in defining this cup run. No doubt Yaya Toure will be assigned the task of dealing with the ex-England midfielder and ensuring he is not able to spray any passes around but this obviously has an impact on his overall effectivness. However the marauding Ivorian of old has been strangely absent this season and a fit again Fabian Delph is likely to be given the task of pushing City forward and providing the creative spark and killer pass that Sergio Aguero feeds off.

The Argentinian forward, argubly one of the best strikers in the world, is only just returning from injury himself and it is easy to single him out as the difference between a winning City and one struggling to score. However, despite Pellegrini's protestations to the contrary, Aguero's supporting cast have failed to grasp the mantle in his absence with the Blues dominating matches and not being able to finish teams off.

That said, City have been playing with a little more devilment recently, as their last game, a stirring 2-2 draw away to West Ham demonstrated. They are prepared to mix it up as well and one senses a collective determination around the Etihad that signifies City wll not relenquish the final spot without a fight.

City v Everton - Full Match Betting

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Tip Box

It's hard to go against the form team and for this we're having to side with Man City, even though our gut is screaming 'No!' The trouble is, where is the value? Sergio Aguero is in red-hot form and must surely be worth a punt on first goalscorer. Everton aren't looking as strong up front as they have and despite City's defensive injury woes we'll go for the home side to keep a clean sheet. Our picks are:  

BTTS - NO City win: 9/5  

Man. City 2-0: 13/2   

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Trading up


Talk about sitting on the fence. The traders are reporting that the betting is pretty much evenly split between the two teams. The most popular markets are: 

City to qualify: 8/13  


Everton, under 3.5 goals: 7/1

What do you think? Have the guys upstairs missed something?

 Stat Attack

Recent Form  

City: W - D - W - D - W - D

Everton: W - L - DDD - L 

Possible Teams

Manchester City: 4-2-3-1 formation: Cabellero; Sagna, Demichelis, Otamendi, Clichy; Delph, Toure; de Bruyne, Silva, Navas; Aguero

Everton: 4-2-3-1 formation: Robles; Coleman, Stones, Mori, Baines; Cleverley, Barry; Delofeu, Barkley, Pienaar, Lukaku


They have met 182 times before. There is ABSOLUTELY nothing between them, with both clubs winning 67 and drawing 45. The last time they met they drew 0-0, a result that would see Everton through. The same result tonight is: 20/1  

Fancy a pint?

Pubs around the ground are primarily for home support only.

The Stanley, (£1 entry cost on match days) 10 mins walk (mixed support).

The Townley (5 min walk), Albert Street.

City Social bar (opposite North stand) does cater for away fans if they arrive early and are discrete.

Away fans are advised to steer clear of pubs around the Grey Mare Lane area.

Adding up the numbers
    • City have won 5 drawn 3 and lost 2 of their last 10 matches
    • Everton have won 3 drawn 4 and lost 3 of their last 10 matches
    • Previous 10 matches: City have scored an average of 1.9 goals and conceded an average of 0.9 goals per game
    • Previous 10 matches, Everton have scored an average of 1.6 goals and conceded an average of 1.5 goals per game
    • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Manchester City’s previous 10 matches
    • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Everton’s previous 10 matches

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