Manchester City v Everton, Live BT Sports, Saturday, 12.45
Big spending but under-performing Manchester City are 8/13 to get their season back on track after two successive defeats. While Aston Villa didn’t exactly dish out a footballing lesson in the style of Bayern Munich mid-week, they did condemn the Citizens to their second defeat from three games on the road.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side is a different proposition at the Etihad though, with maximum points, 10 goals scored and just one conceded in the 4-1 demolition of Manchester United.
Everton fans are getting used to the smug, self-satisfied grin that comes with being the only unbeaten team in the Premier League – despite being 9/2 to upset City. They’ve reached the dizzying heights of fourth-place in the PL – even if it is five months too late.
This arguably is the toughest test to date for the Toffees new-found swagger. But Roberto Martinez’s deadline-day dealings – particularly the capture of Romelu Lukaku – is proving inspired. The Belgian international’s strength and pace will be a threat all season and could yet deliver the European football the club craves.
- The Toffees are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League.
- Everton are looking for their fourth league win on the bounce.
- Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals in 135 minutes of football with Everton.
- The Belgian international has scored a third of Everton’s total league goal (9).
- These sides haven’t played out a 0-0 draw since December 2003.
- Everton’s W3 & D3 is the same as when they last time they last won the league in 1986/87.
- City are undefeated in 36 of their last 38 Premier League home games.
- Yaya Toure has scored four goals in six PL games this season for City.
- Two of City’s three clean sheets this term have come at home.
- The Citizens kept 18 clean sheets last season – the highest in the division.
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