Manchester City vs Everton Betting Odds, Preview & Tips – Monday, December 20th

December 19, 2010 | In: Articles

Manchester City v Everton Betting Tip & Odds: Has draw written all over it. Neither team play the most expansive or attacking football that could be played, and it will all be about whether or not City can be ruthless enough to break down the visitors. That could all hinge on whether Carlos Tevez plays or not, but even then, City, who haven’t lit up the scoring charts this season, may still struggle to break down Everton. Yes, the Toffees are lingering down the bottom of the league, but they will work hard, just as they did at Stamford Bridge for their draw there. They have their threats from Cahill, and while City will probably have more possession, it will all likely be a matter of cancelling each other out. However, an Manchester City -1 Asian Handicap at 7/5 at Paddy Power is a decent enough price to warrant having a flutter.

Manchester City to win: 3/4 at Paddy Power
Draw: 11/4 at SkyBet
Everton to win: 9/2 at BetFred

EPL Match Preview: There’s only one big question surrounding this Premier League match, which looks as if it will survive the big weekend freeze, and that is, will Carlos Tevez play? Current indications, is that although there is a frosty atmosphere expected in the Manchester City dressing room, the Tevez storm front may blow over quicker than expected, to bring a little winter sun onto the pitch at Eastlands on Monday night. Terrible clichéd weather puns aside, it looks as if, despite handing in his transfer request, the unhappy Argentinean will play against Everton. The club are refusing to let him leave (although that may change in the January transfer window is some big money offers come flooding their way for the star player) and Tevez’s agent has said that Tevez will not refuse to play, so it all points to City’s top scorer pulling on his shirt, gloves and neck scarf for the visit of Everton. Boss Roberto Mancini will he hoping that Tevez will be giving his best, if he does pick him, as that is the danger now, half hearted performances from Tevez. That won’t help Manchester City’s push towards the top of the Premier League, as nobody else at the club has stepped up to claim goal scoring responsibilities.

Tevez has scored almost 50% of the club’s 24 goals in the Premier League this season, and so will be missed if he is there but not 100% there. The goal scoring department is actually letting Manchester City down this season. Yes, with a win here they could go top, but if Tevez departs then Mancini has problems. Emmanuel Adebayor has not got any kind of goal scoring touch at the moment, Jo doesn’t look as if he will be anywhere near as prolific as Mancini would want him to be, and the immature antics of big hope Mario Balotelli looks as if he may not have been worth the gamble after all. With David Silva anonymous as well, City do not have a lot of production up front. It doesn’t help with fielding quite a dreadfully dull midfield pairing of Gareth Barry and Nigel de Jong (although the Dutchman will be missing from this one because of a match suspension). City have not excelled at home in the way that Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United have, and it is the one thing which is really holding them back from being genuine title contenders. Fortunately Mancini’s incredibly cautious and uninspiring approach to the way football should be played, is serving them well. City have the second best defensive record in the league behind only Chelsea, and that is what has kept them in the hunt. City are now unbeaten in their last seven matches, and only Manchester United can boast a better record than that at the moment. With a win, City would go top by just one point, but will have played two more games than United. There is a long way to go though of course, but at least they are keeping pace.

This is exactly the type of game where they need to break out of their shell, but they won’t. This is a chance to go top so a lot is at stake. They are at home, and their opponents are in an uninspiring run of form. But City will continue to do what they have been doing, and take a steady approach to matters. They look a tough side to break down, but they need extra help in taking chances up front, and for someone to step up and be more creative from the midfield. England winger Adam Johnson sits on the bench, and that gives an indication of the approach from Mancini. Getting a draw one supposes is a better result than losing after all, but there just doesn’t seem enough impetus coming from City to go and take games by the scruff of the neck and impose themselves. One wonders if they have an extra gear. A bit of creative flair is exactly what they will need to try and break down Everton, who have now drawn five of their last eight matches. The other three have results in two losses and one win. It’s not great times on Merseyside at the moment, certainly Everton are not where they are supposed to be. Everyone expects David Moyes’ side to be a top half of the table team, and really they should be. They have the same problems which plague City though, in that they haven’t got any firepower up front to make a big difference. A quality striker or two would make a huge difference to the Toffees, who also like to play a very solid game all over the pitch. If they are heading to Manchester City for a match, then you can expect them to be going there and hoping not to lose. You can’t see them going there and being all gung ho about winning. That’s probably how this match will play out. City haven’t been prolific in front of goal at home, and neither side have a lot of punch up front. This could be a midfield battle, with defences being well on top for most of the match. Everton did win both encounters last season by a 2-0 scoreline, but everything about this one points to a draw. Everton work hard as a team and will do all they can to nullify the threats from Manchester City. Both teams are hard to break down actually and unless Tevez brings a spark of genius, to break a tight game, this one will probably end in a stalemate.

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Manchester City v Everton Premier League Betting Statistics

Last 5 Head to Head
Man City 0, Everton 2
Everton 2, Man City 0
Everton 1, Man City 2
Man City 0, Everton 1
Man City 0, Everton 2

Manchester City have an 50% win percentage at home in the league this season
Everton have a 12% win percentage away from home in the league this season

Manchester City are on a streak of no defeat in 3 home matches
Everton are on a streak of no win in four away matches

Manchester City have scored 8 goals, and conceded 5 at home
Everton have scored 8 and conceded 8 goals in their away matches

Manchester City average 1 goal per match at home this season
Everton average 1 goal per match away from home this season

Manchester City have scored the bulk of their goals in the 16-30 and 61-55 minute brackets
Everton have scored the majority of their goals in the 76-90 minute bracket

Manchester City have opened the scoring in 54% of their matches
Everton have scored first in 41% of their matches

Manchester City 2010/11 top scorer: Tevez, 10
Everton 2010/11 top scorer: Cahill, 8

Manchester City 2010/11 Season Form: P17 W9 D5 L3 GF24 GA13 Pts 32 (3rd)
Everton 2010/11 Season Form: P17 W3 D9 L5 GF18 GA20 Pts 18 (15th)

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