After a trophy less 2015, Manuel Pellegrini will look to grab the first trophy of 2016, but he must first get past a sticky Everton in the semi finals.
Everton score goals, but don’t win matches. They’re averaging just under two goals per game, but just over a point per game. They’ve been part of the most entertaining games in the league : 3-3 at Bournemouth, 3-4 vs Stoke, 6-2 against Sunderland and a 3-2 defeat against Leicester.
If it wasn’t for Romelu Lukaku, Roberto Martinez would be under a lot more pressure than he is. He can relieve some of that by delivering Bill Kenwright and Everton their first major trophy in 21 years.
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But it’s a lot trickier than it sounds when you look at their opponents.
14 points in their last eight games has City third in the table, three points off reclaiming the Premier League trophy. They’ve already won at Goodison this season, by two goals to nil back in August. Samir Nasri (remember him?!) and Kolarov scored for the Sky Blues
- Everton haven’t beaten Man City since March 2013
- The head to head record is tight. City lead by one win, 67-66 with 44 draws
- These sides have met twice in the League Cup, most recently in 1988, a 2-0 Toffees win
I expect there to be goals in this one, City showed how dangerous they can be on the counter attack at Watford on Saturday, Everton are attack minded. Over 3.5 goals is , a more realistic over 2.5 is .
My tip is for Man City to win and both teams to score which is a modest . On the reverse, Everton to come out on top with both teams scoring is . If the Toffees can sort out their defence, they’ll reach the final – Everton to win to nil is