Manchester City v Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 17, 2017
Etihad Stadium - Premier League
Monday night football is back, as Manchester City welcome Everton to the Etihad Stadium for the second round of Premier League fixtures. Both teams got off to a winning start at the weekend, and this one promises to be an exciting game.
If past results are anything to go by, there’s plenty of hope for Everton. They’ve taken a point from the Etihad on their last two Premier League visits, while the Toffees thrashed City 4-0 at Goodison Park in January. City have won just three of their last 10 at home to Everton in the league, but with so many changes over the summer, anything can happen.
There’s positive news for Pep Guardiola, after Ilkay Gundogan made his comeback from injury in a friendly against Girona. Left back Benjamin Mendy has also trained with his new teammates for the first time this week, but it remains to be seen whether either player will be ready to feature on Monday.
The visitors meanwhile will be boosted by the arrival of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, who's joined for a club transfer fee. Ross Barkley looked certain to be leaving Everton, but the 23-year-old injured a hamstring in training and is set for around six weeks on the sidelines. He joins long term absentees Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie and Ramiro Funes Mori on the treatment table.
Manchester City v Everton Preview and Predictions
After their summer spending spree, this is an early acid test for Everton. There’s plenty of optimism around the club, which only grew after Wayne Rooney’s emotional winner at the weekend. It doesn’t come much tougher than a trip to the Etihad, with Guardiola’s revolution looking like it’s really taking shape.
The City boss addressed his weaknesses and further strengthened his attacking options over the summer. He looks to have found a way to accommodate both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus in the same side, which is an ominous sign for Premier League defences across the land. With so much going forward and after a clean sheet in their opening game, the hosts start this game as 7/20 favourites in the betting.
Everton are sure to pose a threat though, and the price of 10/1 being offered by some bookmakers looks very enticing. Rooney will be looking to follow up his first Premier League goal for Everton in 4,869 days with another strong performance. He could be joined in attack by potential debutant Sigurdsson, while Sandro Ramirez is after his first goal for the Toffees. If you think the game will end in a draw, the odds are 5/1.
Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 2/1
With so much firepower on show at the Etihad, this is a great way to improve your odds on a home win.
Rooney to score the only goal of the game at 125/1
It couldn't happen, could it? This bet is quite the punt, but what a story it’d be if Rooney secured a 1-0 Everton victory.