Today’s Football Match Prediction: Everton vs Manchester City

EPL Match9: Everton vs Manchester City

September 28, 2019,

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For all the fantasy football geeks out there, we share prediction tips of league matches that will give them a better shot at predicting and winning. Starting with EPL 2019.

Manchester City bounced back from their surprising 3-2 loss to Norwich with a thumping 8-0 win over Watford last week. The defeat made them realise that they can’t take Premier League for granted even if they have a Champions League game in the midweek and Pep Guardiola would want City to continue with the same intensity as the last week.

They face a struggling Everton side that has lost three of their last four Premier League matches despite continued substantial investment in improving the playing squad. However, Everton can pounce on the opportunity that arises from City’s defensive woes.

Squads and Predicted Lineups:

Manchester City

David Silva has won 199 of his 288 Premier League matches. He can now become the 26th player to reach 200 wins, and the fastest to do so, beating John Terry’s record of reaching that mark in 305 matches. However, with Champions League game to come, he may be rested.

Bernardo Silva played the 90 minutes in the midweek game and could be rested as well.

Pep Guardiola is expected to rotate the squad a bit but will likely stick with the same 4-3-3 formation.

Predicted line-up: Ederson; Kyle Walker, Fernandinho, Nicolas Otamendi, Benjamin Mendy; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan; Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez.

Everton

Everton’s defeat to Sheffield United last week ended their streak of 6 home wins.

Set-pieces have been a particular weakness for Everton. Four of the last six goals the Toffees have conceded, have come from set-plays and with players like Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva in opposition’s ranks, it can prove to be a disaster.

The Toffees have averaged 60 percent possession, second only to Man City, but Everton’s two victories this EPL 2019 have come in the matches where they had their lowest share of the play which hints they are better equipped to play on the counter-attack, a tactic they are likely to be forced to adopt against City.

Summer signings Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are the only absentees to Marco Silva.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who scored both goals in their Carabao Cup win on Tuesday, is likely to start over Moise Kean as Everton continue with 4-2-3-1 formation.

Predicted line-up: Jordan Pickford; Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Mason Holgate, Lucas Digne; Fabian Delph, Tom Davies; Alex Iwobi, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

With this, we move on to predicting which team will today’s match?

1-     Manchester City have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Everton in all competitions.

2-     Everton have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 Premier League matches. Meanwhile, City have scored 24 goals so far. However, with Richarlison on their side and City missing Laporte and Stones, Everton too are likely to score. Thus, the fans are likely to be treated to a goal-fest.

3-     Everton are under pressure following a not-so good start and are likely to come out all guns blazing. They have won 10 Premier League home matches against reigning champions so far and can’t written off, even though it will be tough. Only Liverpool have won more home games against defending champions.

4-     Everton lead the head to head record in the PL 18-17. However, expect City to level that up.

5-     Aguero became the first player to score in each of the club’s first six matches of the season and is highly likely to extend that run to at least 1 more game.

6-     After failing to score in 2 league games and a Champions League game, Raheem Sterling was dropped for the game against Watford but found the back of the net against Preston in the Carabao Cup. Expect him to add to his tally of 5 league goals, if he steps on the field, even for a limited time.

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