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Chelsea v Everton Betting Tips: 1, 2016-11-05

Premier League Tips

CHELSEA v EVERTON

Saturday 5th November 2016 – Kickoff: 1730hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

Chelsea head into Saturday evening’s encounter with Everton at Stamford Bridge on the back of a strong run of form which has seen The Blues rack up four straight wins in the Premier League as they now sit in fourth place.

Recent wins over Hull City, current title holders Leicester City, Manchester United and Southampton has seen Antonio Conte’s men put together an early challenge for this season’s title, and although there’s a long way to go, a win this afternoon would further enhance their credentials, and could see them move top of the table.

Chelsea’s home record stands at  4-0-1 13/3 having suffered defeat at the hands of Liverpool, but they’ve won four of their last five on home turf and look strong favourites for the points here. Striker Costa (8 goals) and midfielder Hazard (5 goals) look the most likely anytime goalscorers for the hosts.

Onto Everton, and although they recorded a much needed 2-0 home win over West Ham last weekend, they had previously gone four league matches without a win which included defeats to Bournemouth and Burnley away from home.

Indeed, The Toffees’ away performances have been inconsistent so far as they’ve registered wins at West Brom and Sunderland but lost at the aforementioned Bournemouth and Burnley, and it should be noted that these results were all against teams situated in the bottom half of the Premier League.

A trip to Chelsea will be their biggest test yet this season, and could be the litmus test as to where they currently are with manager Ronald Koeman as their home form hasn’t been a problem so far in this campaign. Striker Lukaku is expected to line up against his former team-mates here.

Pick: Chelsea to win @ 1.57 Bet Victor

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Everton v West Ham Betting Tips: 1, 2016-10-30

Premier League Tips

EVERTON v WEST HAM

Sunday 30th October 2016 – Kickoff: 1330hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

Despite having endured a four-match sequence without a win in the Premier League, today’s hosts Everton still sit in 6th place and can reduce the four-point gap below Chelsea to just one point if they take all three points against struggling West Ham today.

Recent defeats to Bournemouth and Burnley, albeit away from home, were games that Everton would have expected to at least pick up a point, but draws with Crystal Palace and Manchester City have helped retain their top six position.

The point at Manchester City will have boosted The Toffees no doubt, and with a solid home record of  2-2-0  6/3 behind them at Goodison Park, they’ll be hopeful of gaining a much needed win here today. Leading goalscorer Lukaku (6 goals) is the most likely anytime goalscorer for the home side.

Visitors West Ham have picked up back-to-back wins recently with victories gained over Crystal Palace and Sunderland although the critics will point out that these wins were registered against teams situated in the bottom half of the Premier League.

To get a better idea of where West Ham’s ‘real’ form sits, take a look at their away form and you’ll find that they’ve won just once in their first four matches on the road (which was at bottom club Sunderland), but had previously suffered defeats at Chelsea, Manchester City and most damaging of all, 15th placed West Brom.

The Hammers’ away record stands at  1-0-3  5/9 and although they beat Everton last time they visited Goodison Park, they were riding high on manager Slaven Bilic’s honeymoon period while Everton were struggling under the tenure of former boss Roberto Martinez.

It’s a different story this season to date…

Pick: Everton to win @ 1.83 William Hill

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Manchester City v Everton Betting Tips: 1, 2016-10-15

Premier League Tips

MANCHESTER CITY v EVERTON

Saturday 15th October 2016 – Kickoff: 1500hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

Manchester City’s amazing six-match winning streak in the Premier League came to an abrupt end in their last match before the international break when they went down to a 2-0 defeat away to  Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

The Citizens had made an explosive start to the new campaign as they strung together wins over Sunderland, Stoke City, West Ham, Manchester United, Bournemouth and Swansea City to announce the new reign of manager Pep Guardiola into the domestic English top flight.

City now return to the Etihad Stadium for Saturday’s clash with Everton as the hosts look to register a fourth home win on the trot and extend their 100% record on home turf. Their home record stands at  3-0-0  9/2 with their leading goalscorer Aguero scoring 5 goals in 5 games to date.

Visitors Everton now sit in fifth place in the Premier League following recent disappointing results against Bournemouth in a 1-0 defeat on the south coast which was followed by just a point at home to Crystal Palace in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

The Toffees had previously registered four league wins on the trot with victories over West Brom, Stoke City, Sunderland and Middlesbrough but in truth, these were games that Everton should have won anyway with three of the four wins being achieved over teams situated in the bottom five of the division.

But after a relatively ‘easy’ start to the season, Everton now face Manchester City at the Etihad who will be smarting from their defeat to Tottenham, and Guardiola will demand nothing less than three points here to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League.

Pick: Manchester City to win @ 1.53 Coral

 

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Manchester City v Everton Betting Tip Both teams to score – 15 October 2016

Premier League Tips

Saturday 15th October 2016

Kickoff: 1500hrs Manchester City v Everton

Football – England – Premier League

The latest International break has come to a conclusion meaning the domestic action returns to our screens this weekend. The Premier League is back with a bang with a number if intriguing fixtures including Manchester United’s visit to Liverpool and Chelsea hosting last season’s champions Leicester. However, the only game featuring two of the top five takes place at the Etihad with league leaders Manchester City looking to return to winning ways as they host fifth place Everton.

Pep Guardiola won his first 10 games in charge of City when arriving from Bayern Munich this summer but he’s now failed to win either of his last two. A 3-3 draw with Celtic in the Champions League at least preserved their unbeaten record but many people’s favourites for the title came unstuck against Tottenham last time out, going down 2-0 at White Hart Lane. It was a stark reminder that despite the quality they possess, City still has a long way to meet the expectation that has been placed upon them since Guardiola took over. They were thoroughly outplayed against Spurs but remain top of the table by one point and will attempt to get back to winning ways with the visit of Everton on Saturday. No visiting team has left the Etihad with anything thus far – either in the Premier League or European competition – and we know how dominant Guardiola’s teams tend to be on their own patch.

It has been a very good start for Everton under the stewardship of Ronald Koeman for the first time. After what was a bitterly disappointing campaign last time out, where they could only manage an 11th place finish. That, combined with similar disappointments in previous seasons was enough for the Everton board to act and relieve Roberto Martinez of his duties. Koeman has impressed during his time at Southampton and he’s picked up at Goodison where he left off with his previous employers. The Toffees won four of their first five league games, surpassing their best ever start in the top flight. Convincing wins over Sunderland and Middlesbrough looked to set them up perfectly for what appeared to be two winnable games away to Bournemouth and at home to Crystal Palace. That wasn’t to be the case, however, as Everton managed just a point from those fixtures. Nevertheless it has been an excellent beginning and one that will excite their fans again who were becoming disillusioned under Martinez.

As ever with international weeks, City had a plethora of stars away on duty with their countries which makes it difficult for the coach to prepare for the upcoming games. City also face the first of what will be a double header against Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday meaning Guardiola’s selection for the Everton game will be interesting. One man who will almost certainly play in both is the red hot Sergio Aguero, despite being away with Argentina. The little striker has been sensational thus far, scoring 11 goals already, despite missing three games through suspension. He’s struggled against Everton in recent times, though, failing to score in his last three league meetings with them but he did notch when City defeated the Toffees in the League Cup semi-final earlier this year.

One man who epitomized the inconsistency of a Roberto Martinez Everton team was striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker could look a world class player one week and virtually unplayable, whilst in the next game he would be completely ineffectual. He would go on long spells without scoring a goal before a streak of five or six games where everything he hit went in the net. Koeman appears to have had a positive effect on the big Belgian’s form thus far, with five goals in his first six league games, including a hat-trick away to Sunderland. He’s continued that good form into his international duty, scoring three goals in two qualifying games. It’s somewhat ironic that his country is now managed by Martinez but by continuing to work with Koeman at his club then you feel we will see the best of Lukaku on a consistent basis.

Manchester City v Everton Betting Tips

Whilst it’s somewhat surprising that this game is not televised, there is something about three o’clock kick offs on a Saturday that adds to the excitement with so many big matches played at other points of the week. Although both teams have started the season in a positive manner, their last couple of results will ensure that the determination to get the three points here will be that wee bit more. You can never be sure how the first game back after an international break will go but there is so much attacking talent on show and both coaches will set their teams up to go forward as much as possible.

Recent meetings between the two have tended to be close fought affairs despite the relative wealth of both. Only one of the last five league meetings have been settled by more than one goal and it could be a similar story on Saturday. Everton have only failed to perform in one game this season – the 1-0 loss at Bournemouth – and it is obvious to see how much better organized they are in defence. The addition of Ashley Williams has been a major factor in that and whilst he will have his hands full with Aguero and company, I believe the visitors will be a match for City and continue their record of scoring in all their games this season, bar that defeat two games ago. City have won all three of their home league games thus far but they were made to work for their wins over Sunderland and West Ham, who both managed to breach the home side’s defence. Both teams to score is the selection here and it wouldn’t surprise me either if Everton could score more than one goal.

Both teams to score 8/13 @ Betfred

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Everton v Middlesbrough Betting Tips: 1, 2016-09-17

Premier League Tips

EVERTON v MIDDLESBROUGH

Saturday 17th September 2016 – Kickoff: 1730hrs

Football – England – Premier League Betting Tips

There may have been a change of manager at Goodison Park, but Everton have started their new Premier League campaign in positive fashion as they sit in third position in the English top flight after being unbeaten in their first four matches of the season.

On Saturday afternoon they entertain Middlesbrough at home and having beaten Sunderland 3-0 at the Stadium of Light on Monday night together with previous wins over West Brom and Stoke City, The Toffees head into this encounter on a three-match winning streak.

In their opening match of the season, Everton earned a good point against Tottenham in a 1-1 draw, and if striker Lukaku can find the back of the net on a consistent basis, then Everton could be in the frame for a european spot this season.

Visitors Middlesbrough returned to the top flight after a seven year hiatus following promotion from the Championship at the end of last season, and they’ve started in reasonable form having beaten their north-east rivals Sunderland away from home which would have delighted the Boro fans.

However, as with any team promoted up to the English top flight, Middlesbrough will need to make their home games count this term, and a recent 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at the Riverside won’t have done their confidence any favours as they prepare for the tricky trip to Everton this Saturday.

A win at Sunderland and a point at West Brom means that Boro have taken four points from the first possible six on offer on their travels which is a great start for the newcomers, but the real test begins this afternoon against an in-form Everton outfit.

Pick: Everton to win @ 1.70 William Hill

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Liverpool v Everton Betting Tips Both teams to score, 2016-04-20

Premier League Tips

Wednesday 20th April 2016 Kickoff 2000hrs
Liverpool v Everton
Football – Premier League – England

The second Merseyside derby of the season takes place at Anfield on Wednesday evening as in-form Liverpool host an Everton team languishing in 11th. Ten points separate the two neighbours but as ever in derby games, form and recent records tend to be forgotten about as the Blue half of the city look to bring to end a run of 17 years without a win at the home of their closest rivals.

There’s only really one place to begin when previewing a Liverpool game and that is, of course, the amazing Europa League win against Borussia Dortmund last midweek. Despite conceding two goals in the opening stages of the first half, and then going down 3-1 early in the second half, the Reds produced a stunning comeback to win 4-3 on the evening and progress 5-4 on aggregate. It may not go down in history as significant as their famous recovery in Istanbul when winning the 2005 Champions League, but it was special nonetheless. Liverpool supporters should be excited about what lies ahead under Klopp as in only a short space of time the former Dortmund manager has had a huge impact. It’s not all been plain-sailing, obviously, and he will know himself that a lot of improvement is required before they can challenge the best England and Europe has to offer on a regular occasion, but the whole atmosphere surrounding the club has changed for the better. This will be Klopp’s first experience of the derby with Brendan Rodgers having been in charge for the final time the last time the two met back at the beginning of October. You get the feeling that the charismatic German will relish what is likely to be another electric atmosphere under the lights.

A their near neighbours begin to get excited about what lies ahead for their immediate and long-term future, it’s very much the opposite across Stanley Park at this moment. The Everton faithful are becoming increasingly frustrated about the lack of wins and excitement that their current team are producing. Now in his third season in charge, Roberto Martinez is the man who most (if not all) the criticism has been levelled at and it remains to be seen if the Spaniard will be in position come the start of the new season. Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Southampton means it is now only one win in their last seven league games and no win at home in the league since the beginning of February. The only saving grace this season has been their performance in both domestic cup competitions. Having been knocked out my Manchester City over two legs in the League Cup at the start of this season, the Toffees have made it to the same stage of the FA Cup where they will face the other Manchester club, United, on Saturday. As promising as their form has been in knockout competitions, it is unlikely to be enough to satisfy their supporters – that is unless they are able to go all the way and provide the club with the first bit of silverware since 1995.

With a crunch semi-final against Villareal in the Europa League on the horizon, Klopp will want to rotate his squad as much as possible as he bids to add that competition to what is already an impressive resume from his time in Germany. The winners will also qualify for next season’s Champions League as well, of course, which will be the biggest carrot for Klopp and his players. In terms of their league form, Liverpool have won their last two with victories over Stoke and Bournemouth. Bar a second-half collapse of their own against Southampton a month ago, there has been a substantial improvement in their overall form, domestically, which will be just as pleasing for the manager as their exploits in Europe with a view to building for a more productive campaign next term.

Everton will obviously have an eye on Saturday’s game against United as it will ultimately make or break their season, however Martinez can ill-afford to suffer a heavy defeat on Wednesday. Not only would it be the worst preparation possible ahead of the semi-final and it would only add to the frustration and anger that is currently building amongst the support. That was obviously in the manager’s thinking on Saturday as he named Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley as substitutes with both likely to be recalled to the starting line-up. That pair are pivotal to Everton’s success, both in this game and in the FA Cup, and there is a feeling that they could be doing a lot more in order to improve the team’s fortunes.

Liverpool v Everton Betting Tips

These games or often fiercely competitive but as both clubs have got more pressing priorities on the horizon, Wednesday’s game may have a slightly more subdued feel about it as neither manager will want to add to what are already significant injury lists. That being said, the two sets of supporters will create an environment which will encourage both teams to go for it. A win for Liverpool would be a continuation of what has been an impressive run of performances and results whilst an away win may just reduce some of the pressure on Martinez, particularly as victories at Anfield have been so rare in the last couple of decades.

In terms of a betting perspective, it is no surprise to see Liverpool the overwhelming favourites considering the current situation both clubs find themselves in. At their current odds they are a bit short to advise a bet, especially as the in-form Divock Origi will not be available for the home team. It should also be noted that six of the last seven meetings between the two have ended in draws, with four of them being score draws. It’s the latter part of that trend that I am interested in as there is bound to be chances at both ends. Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine games and the way in which they are playing at the moment will provide space for Everton’s counter-attacking style. I have to urge slight caution as the Blues have tightened up of late on their travels compared to earlier in the season but as I alluded to above – form is not always the best predictor in these games and I’m confidence of both teams finding the back of the net.

Both teams to score 3/4 @ Bet365

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Everton v West Ham Betting Tip Over 2.5 goals, 2016-03-05

Premier League Tips

Saturday 5th March 2016 Kickoff: 1500hrs                                   Everton v West Ham Betting                                                 Football – England – Premier League

It was a successful midweek for both Everton and West Ham as the two teams recorded impressive wins to continue their recent good form. The Toffees sit just outside of the top 10 ahead of this game but there has been considerable improvement in their performances and results over the last month, whilst their opponents are still very much in with a chance of finishing in the top four, trailing fourth placed Manchester City by only one point. With FA Cup quarter-finals on the horizon for the two next week, confidence should be high for both clubs on Saturday.

No team has drawn more games in this season’s Premier League than Everton and it’s been a source of real frustration for the club’s supporters. Bearing in mind the money that has been spent over the last couple of seasons on assembling an impressive looking squad, and with so many of the established big teams underperforming this term, there was a great opportunity for Everton to challenge for a Champions League spot. When you factor in their fifth placed finished in Roberto Martinez’ first season, the Toffees simply have to be doing better than their current position of 11th. As noted earlier, there has been an upturn in their results and they come into this game with three wins in their last four league games. That may not sound overly impressive but considering they had won only one of the 10 games before then, they are at least beginning to find some sort of consistency heading into the final 11 games of their league campaign and – probably more importantly now – their FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea a week on Saturday.

There are not many teams West Ham’s fans enjoy beating more than Tottenham and their joy would have been even greater as the 1-0 win at Upton Park on Wednesday put a dent in Spurs’ title challenge. It also gave the Hammers further hope that they could finish in the top four – something that would have been laughed at when Slaven Bilic took over last summer. It is now just two defeats in their last 15 games in the league, and that is tremendous consistency. They may not be winning games in extravagant fashion or scoring a barrowload of goals, but there is a belief within this team that they are capable of beating the best the Premier League has to offer. Their league form is made even more impressive by the fact that they remain in the FA Cup and had to negotiate a replay to add to their schedule. Unlike the majority of the other teams in the hunt for the top four, their squad is one of the smallest and is not really equipped to be challenging on multiple fronts, particularly as they finished in 12th last season. However, in a season that sees Leicester City favourites for the title, West Ham’s improvement has went somewhat unnoticed.

The challenge for Everton now is to finish their league campaign as strongly as possible with a look ahead to the next season. A very strong finish could possibly put them in with a chance of a European spot via the league but that would required a number of teams collapsing themselves, so realistically it’s about ending the season on a high and trying to overcome the challenge of Chelsea in the cup to reach the last four. Having already reached that stage in the League Cup, many suggested that if this season was to be considered a success then no less than an appearance at Wembley would be accepted. It’s a touch unfortunate that they have been drawn against a team who are hitting their best form of the season but it is a home tie and one that could well define the Toffee’s season.

For all their away day exploits at the beginning of the season that seen them win at Anfield, the Etihad and the Emirates, it’s been West Ham’s home form that has maintained their position at the top end of the Premier League. The Hammers have actually only won one of their last eight away games in the league – a 3-1 win over Bournemouth in January. Contrast that to their form at Upton Park which has been exemplary since August. Undefeated in their last 12 home games – winning seven of them – only Manchester City have breached West Ham’s defence in their five home games in 2016. If the club are to continue their surge towards the top four then the likelihood is that their away form has to begin to resemble that of their home results – starting on Saturday.

Everton v West Ham Betting Tips

At the start of the season you would have predicted that if one of these two clubs were to be challenging for the Champions League positions at the beginning of March, the vast majority of people would have said Everton. That was the expectation but it’s West Ham who have been better equipped and more consistent thus far. That may well be something that Martinez and his players will use as motivation as they sit five places and eight points behind this weekend’s opponents.

Games between these two are usually entertaining and that is reflected in the number goals that have been shared amongst the two down the years. Since 2008, the two clubs have met 18 times and there have been 48 goals – an average of 2.7 goals per game. In terms of their form this season, games involving Everton have featured the highest number of goals in the Premier League with 3.15. West Ham’s matches have not been quite as entertaining but they still average over 2.5 goals, and they have a slightly bigger average on their travels. It’s not the biggest priced bet you will ever place but I think backing over 2.5 goals is a very solid bet on this occasion and that’s the selection at Goodison Park.

Over 2.5 goals 1.70 @ Bet365

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Bournemouth v Everton Betting Tip 2, 2016-02-20

FA Cup Tips

Saturday 20th February 2016 Kickoff: 1715hrs                           Bournemouth v Everton                                                                   Football – England – FA Cup

The FA Cup takes centre stage in England this weekend, and the pick of the ties on Saturday looks to be an all-Premier League fixture between Bournemouth and Everton and Dean Court. Both of these clubs suffered disappointing home defeats last weekend in the league so will be hoping for better fortunes as they look to progress into the quarter-finals.

It’s fair to say that following winning the Championship last season, this campaign has been a sizeable adjustment for Bournemouth and their manager Eddie Howe. It’s the first time that Howe and the majority of his squad have ever played at this level and there have been some harsh lessons along the way. Two wins from their first 14 league games left them mired in the relegation zone for the first third of the season, but a strong December and January has seen the Cherries in with a fighting chance of survival. They’re currently four points outside of the bottom three, but back-to-back defeats in their most recent games will serve as a reality check that there is plenty of football to be played before they can even contemplate a second season in England’s top-flight. Last weekend’s defeat at home to Stoke would have been especially frustrating for Howe as it came against a team who had failed to even score in their last four matches. Another concern is that the defeat makes it one win in their last five home games.

Defeat at home to West Brom last weekend has seen Everton drop into the bottom half of the table and cast adrift of the European places that were declared the aim for the Toffees this season. Despite having 20 attempts on goal and 14 corners in the game, Roberto Martinez’ team were unable to break down a stubborn Baggies team which has increased a building frustration around Goodison Park. There’s no doubt that Everton play some lovely football, and when they are in full flow there are few better teams to watch. That being said, one constant issue since Martinez arrived at the club in 2013 is their inability to defend. So often this season it has been the difference between winning and drawing games, and last week was an example where they done enough to win a game, but ended up taking nothing at all from it. Ironically enough, the two leagues games before last week’s loss was the first time Everton had managed to keep consecutive clean sheets in the league since last April.

There’s no doubting that staying in the Premier League and reaping the financial rewards that comes with it is the only priority for Howe, his playing squad and his owner. Progress in the FA Cup is a distant second but Bournemouth have been able to build a relatively strong squad over the last couple of seasons and it will come into play this Saturday. Saturday’s match will be the first home tie in this year’s competition for the Cherries having won away to Birmingham and Portsmouth and in both games, Howe has utilised his squad and given game time to some of the fringe players. I expect the same again against Everton, but that’s not to say that their motivation will be any less – the ‘weakened’ team has come back from a goal down on both occasions to secure a pair of 2-1 victories.

Everton will certainly be targeting this competition as they have done consistently under Martinez’ reign. It’s no secret that the club crave some silverware as well as European football, and having come so close to a Wembley appearance in this season’s League Cup (going down 4-3 on aggregate to Manchester City in the semi-final), they will be looking to go one better in this. Progress to this round has been relatively straightforward with comfortable victories over lower league opposition. A routine 2-0 home win over Dagenham and Redbridge was followed by a clinical 3-0 success at Carlisle. This will no doubt represent a stiffer challenge but one that they are favourites to win and even expected to by sections of their support.

Bournemouth v Everton Betting Tips

These two played out one of the games of the season when they last met in November in a match that contained six goals. They shared the spoils on that day which is something that Howe will certainly be looking to avoid. The Bournemouth manager will not want to congest his team’s fixture list anymore than is necessary as we approach the business end of the season.

Martinez will field as strong a team as he possibly can as he aims to bring success back to Goodison Park. The agonising defeat to City last month put paid to what would have been a mouth-watering Merseyside League Cup final, and their slide down the league table means that the FA Cup is their only realistic option of making this campaign a memorable one. There is growing pressure on the Spaniard and defeat here would only see that increase.

If this game is anything like the league meeting at Dean Court then we’re in for another treat. Both teams and their managers aim to play an attractive brand of football which is illustrated in their results where there are often plenty of goals. In terms of the outcome, I favour Everton for a couple of reasons. I think there need for a win here is greater as it’s virtually their whole season on the line now, whilst they will also play a full-strength team, and that should prove crucial. I expect it to be another entertaining 90 minutes but the away side should prove too good on this occasion.

Everton 13/10 @ Paddypower

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Manchester City v Everton Betting Preview, 2016-01-27

English Football Betting

Wednesday 27th January Kickoff: 1945hrs
Manchester City v Everton
Football – England – League Cup

With Liverpool qualified for the final of the League Cup following their win on penalties against Stoke, Manchester City and Everton have the opportunity to join them as the two face each other in the second leg of their semi-final tie at the Etihad. Will Everton’s 2-1 lead hold up?!

Having covered Manchester City games on many occasions this season, I always try to find a different angle on analysing their performances, other than inconsistent, leaky at the back and – when on form – able to score goals for fun. However, after an entertaining 2-2 draw with West Ham on Saturday, I find myself saying exactly the same thing again. Both goals conceded were as a result of very poor defending, whilst Sergio Aguero came to their rescue yet again by equalising both times. The point was enough to move them up to second place, three points behind league leaders Leicester. Constant speculation over the future of Manuel Pellegrini, and likely appointment of Pep Guardiola as manager, is obviously having an impact on performances on the park.

Despite playing lovely football at times and possessing the league’s second top goalscorer, Everton find themselves in 12th place and have won just one of their last 10 league games. Sunday’s defeat to Swansea was about as worse a performance as they have turned in, in recent months, but it was also another indication of how poor the Toffees are in defence. Ironically, one of their two clean sheets in that run of games came against free-scoring City when the two met on league business, a fortnight ago. Roberto Martinez is starting to come under scrutiny as he set his team a target of Champions League football at the start of the campaign, which looks extremely aspirational at this stage. The manager will be hoping that the change in competition will spark new life into their flagging season.

Although this is not Pellegrini’s main target this season, it would be a major surprise to see anything other than a strong team selected for the game against Everton, as it was in the first leg. The game at Goodison was one of fine margins, and was the first time that City have came up against anything like a challenge in this season’s League Cup having cruised up until the semi-final. Pellegrini and his players were also left frustrated after the goalless draw against the same opponent in the league, so they will feel they owe Everton one as they look to return to the scene of the Chilean’s first trophy won as City boss.

With Liverpool already qualified, the city of Liverpool would love nothing more than for the blue half of Merseyside emerge victorious from this game and book a mouthwatering derby at the national stadium next month. To do that, Everton know that a draw would be sufficient, but will, in all likelihood, have to score at least once to ensure their passage. Although they kept City out a couple of weeks ago, they did ride their luck and with the defensive record outside of that game, combined with the hosts attacking capabilities, it would be a surprise to see them keep another clean sheet at the Etihad.

Manchester City v Everton Betting Tips

I think there is something to be said for Everton being better equipped to play away from home, particularly against the better teams in English football. With so much pace on the counter, Martinez’ sets his team up very well to give the opposition problems when breaking. It was a massive advantage for them against Chelsea recently and it will be something that Everton should be looking to exploit more than they managed when the two teams last met.

City will still be favourites to progress to the final despite trailing from the first leg. Aguero looks to be getting his sharpness back at just the right time and he will once again be the biggest threat, and you can only admire his instincts in and around the box, as showcased against West Ham on Saturday. Surprisingly, he has not scored in any of his last four games against this opponent.

Ordinarily, I would be firmly onside with the home team in this won, considering how they match-up, but there is enough doubt to leave them alone at the current prices. City are still being priced up on their ability rather than their actual form. Everton also have a massive incentive (if they needed more) to reach their first final in an age, with the prospect of meeting Liverpool at Wembley. They will have to defend similarly to the league encounter between these two if they are to advance, though. I can’t see this game being anything else other than open and believe both teams will find the back of the net at some point during the 90 minutes. It’s a bet that would have landed in 13 of City’s last 15 home games in all competitions, whilst it would also have been a winner in eight of Everton’s last 10 away games.

Both teams to score 6/10 @ Boylesports

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Chelsea v Everton Betting Preview, 2016-01-16

Premier League Tips

Saturday 16th January Kickoff: 1500hrs
Chelsea v Everton
Football – England – Premier League

Guus Hiddink is now five games into his second spell in charge of Chelsea having taken over following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. The Dutchman – who enjoyed a successful spell as interim manager in 2009 – is yet to taste defeat since returning to Stamford Bridge, winning two and drawing three. Last year’s Champions appear to have little to play for in terms of the league as they sit in 14th position, 19 points off the top of the table and 12 behind fourth-placed Tottenham. Finishing in the top four seems a long-shot, so the main focus for Chelsea is very much on the Champions League and FA Cup. They reached the next round of the latter with relatively few worries, defeating Scunthorpe 2-0 at home last weekend, whilst they are starting to prepare for a two-legged tie with PSG in the last-16 of the Champions League, next month. Before then, it is very much about instilling confidence to the squad.

Wednesday witnessed yet another draw for Everton and their manager Roberto Martinez. The stalemate with Manchester City was the tenth time the Toffees have shared the spoils in the league this season – more than any other team. However, unlike many of those games where they have been left frustrated having to settle for a point, the one they picked up at the Etihad was much more welcome as the visitors rode their luck in the last part of the game and should have had a penalty awarded against them. It’s a point that keeps them in 11th place, and eight points off of Spurs. A Champions League spot remains the aim, but they will certainly have to start turning some of these draws into victories if they are to overtake the team’s above them. Saturday’s trip to the capital represents another tough fixture, especially so soon on the back of the game against City. However, it’s these sorts of games that could go a long way to deciding where Everton finish and they will be hopeful of causing Chelsea some problems.

The turmoil Chelsea experienced towards the end of Mourinho’s time in charge is not quite forgotten, but it certainly looks as though the club are in a more positive position than they have been since clinching the title back in May. Certain players have been singled out by the supporters and experienced heavy criticism in the immediate aftermath, but performances on the park have improved and those same players look to have more hunger and desire than they had for long periods of this campaign. Diego Costa is one of those players, and whilst he continues to frustrate his supporters (and teammates) with his constant need to get involved in unnecessary situations, his overall work-rate has increased and he’s finally beginning to torment opposition defenders as he done for the majority of last season. This also makes it much easier for the players behind him who have more options when on the ball.

One man who will be a familiar face to all at Stamford Bridge is Everton’s star striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian international moved to Merseyside from Chelsea back in 2013 initially on loan, before making the stitch permanent last season. Mourinho clearly never rated him enough but he has been a terrific player for Everton and is enjoying a great goalscoring season having scored 15 in the league, which sees him leading the top scorers chart. He has faced his old club on three previous occasions but has yet to find the net against them. However, with 10 goals in his last 11 domestic games, he will definitely be in confident mood of changing that stat and showing the home fans what they have missed out on.

Chelsea v Everton Betting Tips

It was a Steven Naismith hat-trick that handed Everton a 3-1 over Chelsea back in September when these two sides last met. It was on of many bizarre performances from the champions in the first half of the season and one they will want to avenge. There’s certainly been no lack of entertainment for Chelsea supporters since Hiddink took over as three of their four league games have bad three or more goals scored in them. It definitely looks as though Hiddink has been instructed to play more attractive, attacking football, and whilst that is the case, he will no be happy by the number of goals they have leaked of late, especially at home (two apiece against Watford and West Brom. Games involving Everton are also known to be open affairs and they average 3.10 goals – the second most in the top-flight.

I fully expect this game to be a continuation of how we have seen Chelsea play under Hiddink and as Everton’s strengths lie going forward – and with the for of Lukaku – I’m confident we’ll see a few goals. Neither defence is good enough to keep the other team out, but rather than opt for either both teams to score or over 2.5 goals, I think the bet is to side with both things happening.

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals 11/10 @ Stan James

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