Manchester City take on the visitors Everton in the round 24 match of English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, February 10th at Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Having overcome their temporary slump in December, Manchester City have once again begun to rack up victories in all competitions they participate in. Currently, in the Premier League table, the Cityzens sit in second place, trailing Liverpool by two points. However, in terms of points dropped, they are already the leaders. In their last five matches, Pep Guardiola's side has secured five wins: against Sheffield United (2-0), Newcastle United (3-2), Burnley (3-1), and Brentford (3-1). As you can see, representatives of Manchester City score as much as needed. However, they also concede in every match except against The Blades.
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You say five consecutive wins in the league, but you list four, you might say? Yes, because in one match of that stretch, Manchester City played against Everton. And in that game, the Toffees lost but not by much (1-3). Moreover, they matched City in terms of expected goals (xG), which opponents don't often achieve against them. This season, Everton's attack looks better than it did a year ago. In 23 Premier League matches, they've scored 26 goals, which is, on average, more than one goal per game. In the last round, Sean Dyche's men finally ended their goal drought in the league, playing out a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. Even in matches where Everton ended goalless against Fulham and Aston Villa, they deserved to score based on xG, with expected goals of 1.25 and 1.28 respectively. What am I getting at? Everton's ability to score against Manchester City, even at the Etihad, should not come as a surprise.
Football does not tolerate the subjunctive mood, so we won't speculate on how Everton would be playing now had they not lost ten points in the Premier League. Currently, the team is in the relegation zone and must fight for points in every match, whether home or away, against strong opponents or not. Manchester City are the undisputed favorite in this match. But guessing how many goals the hosts will score is not something I want to do. However, I fully believe that the visitors will score at least one goal. Everton have players capable of scoring. Despite Manchester City's attacking prowess, they have been conceding from almost everyone lately.
Prediction for the match: Everton to score – yes.