Manchester City v Everton – Match Preview
Manchester City face Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening in the second-leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final. City trail 2-1 from the first-leg two weeks ago but will go into Wednesday’s match confident of overcoming the one goal deficit as they look to seal their place in the final of the competition against Liverpool.
City are strong favourites to make it to the Wembley final and having scored 21 goals in their last seven home matches in all competitions will provide a stern test for Everton. City have never lost a home cup match against Everton, winning three and drawing one, the last time the sides met in cup competition being in the 1981 FA Cup. City won the trophy in 2014 and manager Manuel Pellegrini has reiterated this week the importance of the competition and the fact that he will select a strong side as they seek a return to Wembley. Pellegrini has confirmed that Willy Caballero will replace Joe Hart in goal for the match while Eliaquim Mangala, Aleksander Kolarov, Samir Nasir, Wilfried Bony and captain Vincent Kompany all still remain sidelined.
Everton will be without two key players for Wednesday’s match with midfielder Muhamed Besic and winger Kevin Mirallas both out having picked up injuries in the Premier League defeat against Swansea on Sunday. Goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku gave Everton a slender advantage in the first-leg of the semi-final and Everton manager Roberto Martinez will again look to Lukaku to provide the attacking threat for the Merseyside team. The Belgian international striker has been in excellent form so far this season, scoring 19 goals, including four goals in his last five League Cup appearances. Despite having won just one of their last 10 Premier League matches, Everton will not be lacking in confidence going into Wednesday’s match having lost just one of their 14 matches away from Goodison Park this season.
City and Everton played out a goalless draw when they met in the Premier League earlier this month but with both sides boasting plenty of attacking options as well as defensive issues, Wednesday’s match is likely to be a high scoring affair. City have won five out of their last six home matches in the competition and have scored 27 times, an average of 4.5 goals per game. With the stats pointing to a high scoring match, a bet on the total goals in the game, rather than on the win/draw/win markets, may prove the most profitable from a betting perspective.
Manchester City are the 1.53 (8/15) favourites for Wednesday’s match with Everton available to back at 6.5 (11/2) and the draw at 4.5 (7/2). The football betting tip for the Manchester City versus Everton match is over 3.5 total goals in the match at 2.20 (6/5).
By: Scott McGlynn