In the 17th round of Premier League, we will see Manchester City hosting Everton at Etihad Stadium after a disappointing loss against Chelsea which was their first defeat of the season. That now means Liverpool is the only team in Premier League that has not lost a match yet.
The home side, Manchester City are coming into this match after their first league defeat in the Premier League. As of now, City holds an impressive 13-2-1 record, with the only team that was able to defeat them being Chelsea in their most recent match. Looking at the match against Chelsea, Manchester City played much better in the first half, with 63% ball possession and 5 goal attempts, whereas Chelsea had only 37% ball possession and 1 shot on goal, but that 1 shot on goal was enough for Chelsea to get a surprising lead in the 45th minute which put them into a 1:0 lead. The second half saw teams playing equally good. Chelsea held 41% possession but had twice as many shots on goal compared to the visitors. With plenty of chances to score a goal from both sides, it was Chelsea who scored another goal in the 78th minute which pretty much sealed the deal for Manchester City who had to realize 8th of December was the day they would lose their 1st match of the season. The 2 scorers were Kante and Luiz. Final score: 2:0.
Visiting side, Everton are sitting at 7th position in the league with an overall record of 6-6-4. Looking at their last 5 games, they have won only 1, lost 1 and drew 3. Coming into this match, Everton has not won a match in the last 3. First, they lost against Liverpool (1:0), drew against Newcastle and most recently played a draw against Watford (2:2). The match against Watford ended with a disappointing result for Everton, who were considered a clear favourite. The opener was scored in the 15th minute by Richardson which put Everton into a lead which lasted until the 63rd minute when Watford scored 2 quick goals. In fact, the first one was an auto goal from Coleman which makes it that much more painful. Only 3 minutes later, Everton was given a penalty, which they missed. At this point, Everton was a goal behind Watford, at their own stadium with a missed penalty and an auto goal. Despite the disappointing performance, Everton did manage to squeeze in an equalizer in 90’+6. Final score: 2:2.
Manchester City is currently the best team in the league when it comes to home games. With 8 home games played, they have won all 8. In the course of those 8 games, they have scored a total of 20 goals and conceded only 5. Everton on the other side is not performing too well on the road. In the course of 7 away games, they have won only 1, drew 3 and lost 3. Most recently they have lost against their rivals, Liverpool (1:0), and although they lost, Everton put up a good fight. As for the upcoming match, we expect Manchester City to get a win to help them heal their wounds from their recent defeat. There is no doubt in my mind City will be victorious, but we won’t bet on them, instead, we will bet on the Over/Under market. Odds on the match to end Under 3.5 goals are much higher than we expected. In that regard, we will bet on the match to end with 3 goals or less.
Prediction: Under 3.50 goals
Odds: 1.78 SBOBET