Premier League Picks for Everton vs. Manchester City

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 7:34 PM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014 7:34 PM GMT

So much is on the line when the Citizens travel to Merseyside to take on Everton at Goodison Park. The soccer betting odds show City as the favorites, but will Roberto Martinez lead his side to another great result at home?


Odds Overview
Though they're away from home, the Citizens are firmly planted as -140 favorites at various sportsbooks. We can find Everton listed at anywhere from +350 to +415, while a draw is available for action at roughly +300.

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Everton
Two losses in their last three matches have all but ended Everton's hopes of finishing in the top four. They first lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace and, after bouncing back to trounce Manchester United, they fell 2-0 away to Southampton.

It was a disastrous afternoon for the Toffees against the Saints. It all started in the first minute, when Antolin Alcaraz scored on his own goal. There was another own goal, this time scored by Seamus Coleman, close to 30 minutes and that would be the end of it. Talk about a wild way to lose.

That result leaves Everton four points behind fourth-place Arsenal with two matches remaining. After taking on City at home, the Toffees will close out with Hull City away, while the Gunners will play West Brom (at home) and Norwich City away.

As you can see it, it would essentially take a miracle for the Toffees to leapfrog Arsenal. First things first, they have to get all three points against the Citizens here at home.

Gareth Barry, on loan from City, will be unable to play against his parent club, while the Toffees also have to deal with a number of unfortunate injury issues. Kevin Mirallas is out for the rest of the season and Sylvan Distin could miss out too, though Everton could receive a boost with the possible return of Phil Jagielka. 

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Manchester City
The race is as tight as ever for the Premier League title, and Manchester City currently controls their own destiny.

With Liverpool's loss to Chelsea and the Citizens' win over Crystal Palace, Manuel Pellegrini's team moved to within three points of the Reds with a match in hand. They have three remaining fixtures: at Everton follow by home clashes with Aston Villa and West Ham.

This trip to the Toffees figures to be the most difficult of the bunch, especially since City has had their fair share of troubles over the years when battling with Everton.

Still, the 2-0 win over Palace was a strong and determined effort – goals were scored by Edin Dzeko and Yaya Toure – and Pellegrini will be hoping to see something similar against the Toffees this weekend. We know Everton is far more dangerous going forward and like to possess the ball, so it'll be interesting to see how City copes.

Leading up to Saturday, the Citizens have recorded nine wins, four draws and five losses in 18 away matches in the league. In that span they've scored 36 times while allowing 22 goals.  

 

Premier League Pick
City won 3-1 at home earlier this season, but last season Everton really made Sergio Aguero and company work for it. The Toffees forced a 1-1 draw at the Etihad and then won 2-0 at Goodison later in the season.

Can Everton get the better of the mega-talented Citizens this weekend?

Perhaps, but we feel safer in recommending a draw for your soccer picks. City has momentum on their side now and obviously have a lot of quality and experience throughout their squad, but the Toffees have been playing some great soccer this season and we expect them to at least get a point out of this spectacle at home.

Soccer Pick: Everton 1 Manchester City 1

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