Everton vs Manchester City Predictions, Betting Odds, Picks
- Manchester City’s lead at the top of the table has been cut to three points
- Everton are looking nervously over their shoulder at the relegation zone
- Manchester City should get the better of Frank Lampard’s men on Saturday
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|Match Result and Both Teams to Score||Odds|
|Manchester City||+188 |
Everton vs Manchester City Pick
Pep Guardiola’s side should bounce back from last weekend’s loss, but they might concede at Goodison Park.
Back Manchester City to win and both teams to score.
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Manchester City Have Chance To Increase Lead at Summit
One defeat was all it took for the Premier League title race to spark back into life. Before last weekend, Manchester City were in full control of the fight for the crown. But their 3-2 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in a thrilling match on Saturday has allowed Liverpool back in. The Reds beat Leeds United in a rearranged fixture in midweek to move to within three points of City at the summit of the standings. Given that there is still one head-to-head meeting between the pair to come, Liverpool now have their fate in their own hands (as do City).
That is almost hard to believe given how dominant Pep Guardiola’s side have been in recent months. City have won 14 of their last 16 matches. The loss to Tottenham last time out was their first since a 2-0 home reverse by Crystal Palace at the end of October. City have been close to flawless of late. Yet one defeat has thrown the race wide open again.
The fixture schedule arguably favors Guardiola’s men, provided they get the job done at Goodison Park this weekend. Liverpool are not in action in the Premier League on Saturday or Sunday; Jurgen Klopp’s side will instead compete in the League Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley. That means City will re-establish a six-point lead if they are triumphant over Everton. Liverpool would have a game in hand on the champions, but having points in the bag already could potentially give City a psychological edge.
That is why Saturday’s match is so important. Another slip-up from City and Liverpool will start believing this really could be their year. But if Guardiola’s side can emerge from Goodison unscathed, Liverpool will be left playing catch-up again.
Everton Unable To Pull Clear of the Relegation Zone
At the other end of the table, Everton are struggling to pull clear of danger. It would be a major shock if the Toffees were to suffer relegation this season. No club in English soccer history has enjoyed more seasons in the top flight than Everton, who have not finished below the dreaded dotted line since 1951. They are one of six ever-presents in the Premier League era, along with Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea.
But although Bet Caesars deduces that six teams are more likely to be demoted than Everton, the Toffees are not out of the woods yet. They are just two points above the bottom three ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Merseyside. Frank Lampard oversaw a 3-0 victory over Leeds a fortnight ago, but he has lost his two other games in charge. Since the start of October, Everton have accumulated just nine points – the worst record in the division.
These are worrying times for the second club from the city of Liverpool. Lampard replaced Rafael Benitez, whose association with Everton’s local rivals meant he was on a hiding to nothing. Benitez was not to blame for all the club’s ills, but his presence in the dugout alienated large sections of the fan base.
Lampard was largely welcomed by the Everton faithful. He brought in Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli in January, while some of the club’s more established key players are back from injury. Yet Everton have won just two of their last 17 matches. Relegation is a possibility.
Manchester City Can Get Back on Track After Surprise Loss
Everton have the worst away record in the Premier League this season, so they will be relying on Goodison Park to help get them out of trouble. The most old-fashioned stadium in the Premier League creates quite a din when it gets going, and Evertonians will put their broader frustrations aside to cheer on their team this weekend.
That is unlikely to be enough, though. Manchester City will be desperate to get back out there after last weekend’s loss. We can expect them to get back on track here: the reigning champions have not lost back-to-back Premier League games since December 2018. And they have been particularly strong on the road this term, winning 10 and drawing two of their away games to date.
Everton have been conceding too many goals of late. They have kept one clean sheet in their last 12 league games, a pitiful record which is a big part of the reason why they are still struggling. City’s attacking quality means the visitors to Goodison should take full advantage, although Everton could find the net in front of their own fans.
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How to Watch Everton vs Manchester City
|Everton vs Manchester City Information|
|Teams||Everton vs Manchester City|
|Location||Goodison Park, Liverpool, England|
|Time||Saturday, 26 February 2022, 12.30 PM EST|
|How to watch||Peacock Premium|