Man City v Everton Prediction: Premier League Match on 21.11.2021
It’s round 12 of the English Premier League season with games played on Saturday and Sunday. The international break has paved the way for a busy Saturday, with eight of the ten fixtures played on that day. What Sunday lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality, and we get off and running with a mouth-watering match at the Etihad Stadium where champions Manchester City take on Everton. This team started the season with high hopes of challenging for a top-four finish.
Man City are second in the league ahead of the weekend and have current leaders Chelsea in their sights as they aim to successfully defend their league title. The champions are going well at present but do lack the kind of consistency we have come to expect from them in recent years. Everton go in search of an away win that would help ease the worries of their fans and help get their season back on track following a sticky spell.
Armchair fans planning to follow this match live on television from 14:00 will hope this renewal lives up to the standards set by recent matches involving the Cityzens and the Toffees. These teams have shared a total of 18 goals in their last five meetings, and another goal-fest could be on the agenda on Sunday. Both teams certainly have the skills in attack to live up to those expectations.
Champions are pushing hard
Manchester City enter the weekend placed second in the Premier League table behind Chelsea. The champions started the campaign as the hot favourites to make it two in a row and continue their dominance of English football, and they remain the most likely winners of the race, according to many pundits. If they are to live up to expectations and protect their trophy, they must fight off the attentions of a Chelsea side that have started strongly and are top of the league as well as West Ham, who are on a stunning winning run in third place and Liverpool who have lost just once this season in fourth.
The locals haven’t been nearly as consistent in recent weeks as we have come to expect from them, with just three wins from their last five, losing one and drawing the other. The 23 points gained means they are just three points behind Chelsea, but there’s also reason to glance over their shoulders as the leading pack bunches up. Man City are as close to Arsenal in fifth place as they are Chelsea in first, so it’s not the time for Pep Guardiola’s men to sit back and admire their work. They have a big job on their hands if they are to leapfrog Chelsea and defend their title.
Pep’s men suffered a surprise 2-0 home defeat against Crystal Palace at the end of last month but made the predictable, quick return to winning ways. They have since hammered Club Bruges 4-1 here in the Champions League group stages before leaving Old Trafford with all three points thanks to a 2-0 derby win in their most recent clash. That was a crucial three points as it helped them stay on the heels of Chelsea with a derby win boosted confidence in the ranks. A Bailey own goal early in the contest followed by a Bernardo Silva strike meant the points were wrapped up by the interval.
Toffees suffer a sticky patch
Once again, Everton is performing beneath the expectations of their fans and the club’s board, who have invested heavily in the coaching and playing staff. On paper, the Toffees have a team good enough to be mixing it in the top six and pushing hard for a place in the top four. Supporters will look across at the likes of West Ham and think, we can’t our squad reach those levels of commitment and consistency. The fact former manager David Moyes is in charge of the Hammers will make that even more difficult to take. The visitors make this trip stuck on a dreadful run of form.
Before the weekend matches get started, Everton is in the bottom half of the division and could find themselves much lower by the start of next week. Their form at this stage shows four wins and three draws against four defeats, with 16 goals scored and 16 conceded. The 15 points collected from 11 matches means Everton are just two points behind Manchester United in sixth at the time of writing and three points better off than Brentford down in 14th. This could prove to be a critical weekend in how they end the year.
Everton arrives on a dreadful winless run made up of three defeats and a pair of draws. Each of those losses came on the bounce, but they were able to steady the ship before the international break with a hard-fought point when hosting Tottenham at Goodison Park. That match ended goalless, and the clean sheet against a side with great attacking players gives the Everton backroom staff something to work with and a solid foundation on which to build. That defence will be called into action again here, that’s for sure.
Man City v Everton prediction
Man City are ranked much higher in the table and have enjoyed a much stronger season so far. There could be most of the division between them and Everton come the end of the season if things continue. Pep’s men have the talent to break down the Everton defence but may have to bide their time, especially if the Toffees come to the Etihad Stadium and set up camp in their own box, looking to frustrate the home fans.
Everton has a good set of players in their squad and one that was expected to be higher in the ladder by this stage of the season, but they have failed to match the fans’ ambitions. The Toffees are struggling for goals, and the fact they failed to create many chances or hit the net at home to a nervy Spurs proves that.
Premier League odds
Man City are priced at 1.136 to win this match, or you can back Everton for the away win at 19. Fancy the draw? That is available to registered 22bet members at 8.2.
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