Everton vs Manchester City Prediction and Preview – 06/01/16
League Cup preview – Everton vs Manchester City prediction
Roberto Martinez must decide whether to stick with the players that have brought Everton to the League Cup semi-final or turn to bigger names in a bid to reach the final. Goalkeeper Joel Roubles and center back Ramiro Funes Muri may have to make way for Tim Howard and Phil Jagielka. Kevin Mirallas could edge out Leon Osman who was part of the midfield in the quarter final victory over Middlesbrough last month. Tyias Browning, James McCarthy, Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar and Bryan Oviedo are all sidelined through injury.
Manuel Pellegrini is likely to call on some of his fringe players with the ongoing Premier League title race a bigger priority for Manchester City. Sergio Aguero is expected to be rested giving Wilfried Bony an opportunity to improve his strike rate. Wilfredo Caballero could come on for his third start in goal this term while Pablo Zabaleta will be hoping to feature for the first time since returning from a knee injury. Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri are in recovery.
Everton: 4-2-3-1 formation: Howard; Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway; Barry, Besic; Mirallas, Barkley, Deulofeu; Lukaku
Manchester City: 4-2-3-1 formation: Caballero; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov; Fernando, Delph; Navas, Silva, Sterling; Bony
- Everton have won 3 drawn 5 and lost 2 of their last 10 matches
- Manchester City have won 6 drawn 1 and lost 3 of their last 10 matches
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Everton have scored an average of 1.9 goals and conceded an average of 1.4 goals per game
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Manchester City have scored an average of 2 goals and conceded an average of 1.2 goals per game
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 4 of Everton’s previous 10 matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Manchester City’s previous 10 matches
Everton have eliminated Barnsley, Reading, Norwich and Middlesbrough to reach this far in the Capital One Cup. The Toffees’ recent form has dipped with only one win in their last six in all competitions. The 1-1 draw against Tottenham on Sunday means they have now gone four games without a win at Goodison Park.
Manchester City have disposed of Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Hull, scoring no fewer than four goals in each cup tie. Pellegrini’s men have shaken off a poor run of away games by earning a draw at title-rivals Leicester and defeating in-form Watford over the Christmas period.
Everton have failed to beat City in their last three meetings at Goodison and will find it difficult to improve on that record given recent form.
Draw at 14/5 with BetVictor
Under 2.5 goals at 13/10 with Marathonbet
Correct Score 1-1 at 7/1 with 888sport
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