Sunday, 15 January 2017

Everton - Manchester City

PICK: Manchester City AH -1 @2,53 PINNACLE 2/10

Match between 7th and 5th placed team in English Premier league will be played on Goodison Park and it will start at 14:30.

Everton is coming to match after disappointing defeat in FA Cup against Leicester City which was one of few defeats on their Goodison Park. They play 1-1 against Manchester United, won 2-1 against Arsenal, while Liverpool was the only team managed to beat them. They succeeded to score the only goal on the match in 95th minute! Stats are just showing how good Everton is at home, but this time they will be without Gueye who is on ACN. Except him, Bolasie is out for longer period, while first goalkeeper Stekelenburg is coming back to squad after injury, but coach Ronald Koeman didn't say exactly if Stekelenburg will start or not. It's also not sure if we'll see Schneiderlin from first minute or not, but even if we will, I think that Morgan will need time to adapt to Everton's style, even if Koeman knows him perfectly from Southampton.

For Manchester City, that's another "final game" and they did well on all matches like this in this season. Why final? Because main opponents are running away and even if Everton is tough PL team, they need to beat them if they want to continue with fight for top. Chelsea is on +10 right now. Citizens played great match against West Ham, outplayed them totally and now they will need to put this performance on another stadium, which is different, with crowd closer to the pitch, also shorter pitch, but they have more time to prepare on match, as there is no CL, they were able to rest more and even if they will be without suspended Fernandinho, injured Gundogan, while Fernando and Sane are still not 100%, great news for Citizens is that Kompany is coming back and even if he won't start, it will be a massive boost to have captain on bench or on pitch. Pep knows how important is role of captain in team, and I believe that he is really happy to have Vincent back. They're key players are in good form and in my opinion quality is on their side.

One of the main facts why I'm taking this match is what happened on first match (1-1). City missed two penalties, missed bunch of crazy chanes, while Everton scored from one of few chances. City was all over the pitch, playing really good, but finishing was disaster. I believe that players remember this match, and that they will be even eager to get all 3 points today. They will need to be careful on Everton's direct way of playing, but if Everton won't be lucky again, I think that City will win it even with more than 1 goal difference.

FT: 4-0

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