Manchester City V Everton, Premier League, Etihad Stadium, 21st August 2017
Two of the Premier League’s big summer spenders meet at the City of Manchester Stadium on Monday night as Manchester City host Everton in a game between two teams with great expectations for the season ahead. Both started their campaigns with a win last weekend, only increasing the hype before what promises to be an intriguing encounter.
Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurðsson, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Ederson are just some of the talent on show for their new clubs, adding a sub-plot to a game already well-stocked with intriguing battles.
Everton are a good team, and although Manchester City are rightly favourites for this game, there is no value at all to be had in backing the home team here. Which is why backing Everton +2 at around 1.91 with a number of bookmakers makes for an attractive proposition.
Furthermore, the bookies don’t even appear to fancy Everton’s chances of scoring in this game, which seems harsh. City were hardly watertight at the back last season, and as summer signings take time to adapt to their new surroundings and a new system, Everton have the quality to take advantage. Keeping a clean sheet at a limited Brighton side last time out is no indication of instant improvement either from City’s point of view, so that is why backing both teams to score at 2.06 with 188bet is a sensible choice.
Looking at the anytime goalscorer markets, there are some interesting options too. No fewer than nine City players find themselves with shorter odds to score that Everton’s Wayne Rooney, and here we are talking about Manchester United’s record goalscorer and a player who scored just last weekend for his new (old) club in their 1-0 home win over Stoke. Rooney also had a more than decent record against United’s great rivals during his time at Old Trafford (11 goals no less), and he is priced at a generous 5.50 to score anytime with 32red, Unibet and 888sport
It seems the bookies are writing off the chances of Everton scoring, let alone getting any kind of result. We certainly disagree with the former, although the latter outcome offers cause to be optimistic from a betting perspective, even if Everton may not ultimately win the match.