The opening Monday Night Football of the season promises to be a fascinating encounter between 2 of the most active teams in the summer transfer window who won their opening Premier League matches.
English Premier League – Manchester City vs Everton 21/08/17.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City looked solid in their win at Brighton last week – which is something that couldn’t be said about the blues last season. City have spent massively in the defensive department this summer and the Blues faithful will be desperately hoping they can combine that with their famous attacking prowess this term.
In their 2-0 win over Brighton last week – Guardiola implemented his 5-3-2 formation that served him so well at Barcelona and Bayern Munich with high pressing all over the pitch and an emphasis on the full-back providing width to allow his more creative players (David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne) more space to play.
This is City’s toughest test so far this season and will be a real barometer of whether they can keep up with the early season pace setters Manchester United. More betting sites under: http://www.online-betting.org/best-betting-sites
The Blues look to have recovered from the loss of Romelu Lukaku straight away and Ronald Koeman’s men look a genuine force to be reckoned with in the Premier League this season. The money generated on Lukaku has been invested in the future of the club with Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen and Gylfi Sigurdsson joining the club to strengthen the Toffees in key areas.
Last week’s opening day win over Stoke – with fellow new signing Wayne Rooney making a fairy-tale return to Goodison and scoring the only goal – as well as their comfortable win over Hadjuk Split in Europa League qualifying on Thursday, suggest that the Merseysiders could well break into the top 6 this season and it’s matches like this that they need to get something out of in order to challenge this term.
Head to Head
Remarkably these 2 teams have an identical record – stretching back over nearly 120 years. City & Everton have both beaten each other on 68 occasions with 46 draws also occurring between the 2 sides. Everton managed to take 4 points off City last season (1-1 draw at City & 4-0 to Everton at Goodison Park).
Odds and Predictions
Manchester City have home advantage which justifies their heavy favouritism at 2/7 with Bet365. Everton are more than capable of getting a result here and look worth an outside bet at 11/1 to win the game whilst the draw is also quite tempting at 5/1 with Bet Victor.
The ‘Draw No Bet’ market offers a chance to back City at the rather pointless odds of 1/11 with William Hill but Everton look a good shout at 8/1 with Bet365, with the security of not losing your money the game finishes as a draw.
Both teams need the points and will be keen to keep up their winning starts. City will look to dominate possession and will they will be looking to take the game to their Merseyside rivals. Backing over 2.5 goals in the game for 2 attacking sides looks a shrewd move at 4/7 with Sky Bet whilst backing both teams to score also looks good at 21/20 with William Hill. Find out here our William Hill review & rating 2017.
Top Betting Tip
City desperately need to win to keep pace with United and will be looking to get their season going in front of their home faithful. Backing both teams to score and City to win looks lucrative at 21/10 with 888 sport. Check this Review for further information.