League-leading Manchester City will head out on a short road trip on Jan 31 as they head west to Liverpool to take on 14th-place Everton at Goodison Park. Going by the league table this game looks like it shouldn’t be much of a problem for the top team in the English Premier League, but they’ve had trouble with Everton over the past few years and have lost seven of their last eight games against them. The good news for City is that they managed to beat them the last time they met, 2-0 at home in September.
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City heads into the game with a three-point lead over cross-town rivals Manchester United and can’t afford to slip up. They have 54 points on the season with 17 wins, three draws and just two losses. As usually, City will be without Carlos Tevez as they’re still trying to get rid of him before the January transfer window closes and Mario Balotelli, another troublemaker won’t be playing since he’s serving a four-game suspension for deliberately trying to stamp on the face of Tottenham’s Scott Parker a week ago. Other than that, there aren’t any new injuries at City, but Kolo and Yaya Toure are both out of the country and playing in the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast. Vincent Kompany will return to the squad though after serving a four-game suspension for a red card against Man United.
Everton will have to play without the services of Jack Rodwell, Sylvain Distin, Leon Osman, Seamus Coleman, and Phil Jagielka as they’re all out with various injuries. Rodwell could possibly return if he passes a late fitness test. In addition, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has headed back to Russia after signing with Spartak Moscow in the transfer window. Everton won their last game out, which was a come-from-behind 2-1 FA Cup victory over Fulham on Friday. However, they’ve been pretty bad in the league with just 26 points from 22 games, based on seven wins, five draws and 10 losses.
Everton vs Man City Predictions and Odds
Everton has won one, drawn two and lost two in their last five games with just two points in their last four matches. Man City has three wins, a loss and a draw. Everton hasn’t won a home game since before Christmas and have trouble scoring at Goodison Park. In fact, they’ve only won three games at home all season. City don’t seem to have a problem scoring anywhere and are the second-best away team in the league behind Man United. It’s unlikely Everton will be able to do enough to keep the leaders at bay, so look for a City win here.
Sportsbook William Hill’s latest odds show an Everton win at 7/2 with a Man City victory at 17/20 and a draw at 23/10. Register through the banner up top for a free bet.