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In-form Everton primed to continue Goodison glory against Manchester City

21 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
In-form Everton primed to continue Goodison glory against Manchester City

After standing firm against Chelsea during the transfer window, resurgent Everton can have further say in title race with another win against City

In so far stubbornly refusing to sell defender John Stones to Chelsea, Everton have inadvertently already done Manchester City a favour in their bid to reclaim the Premier League crown.

But with the early pace-setters coming to Goodison Park on Sunday, the Toffees will be confident of evening things up at a ground where City have often come unstuck.

Chelsea are of course expected to come back with at least one more bid for Stones before the window shuts on 2 September.

Yet if Roberto Martinez’s recent comments are anything to go by, Everton’s defiance in the face of Chelsea’s riches off the pitch will be just as strong as their recent resistance to Man City’s millions on it. 

Everton have always enjoyed playing City at home – winning 10 and drawing five of their 18 Premier League meetings at Goodison Park.

However, equally impressive is their record since the Abu Dhabi United Group takeover in 2008 effectively put the two clubs on different playing fields – winning four and drawing one of the seven clashes since.

And with Martinez’s men taking four points from their first two games of the season – including an impressive 3-0 win at St Mary’s last time out – City should be fearful of their Merseyside misery continuing.

Romelu Lukaku opened his account for the season with a brace on the South Coast and the Belgian striker is 8/1 to score at any time in an Everton win this time around.

Also finding the net against the Saints was Ross Barkley with his second of the season. The midfielder is 7/2 to continue his fine form in front of goal against City.

Everton’s revival during the second half of last season means that they have lost just two of their last 12 home games.

They have also led at half-time in their last nine home wins, and are priced at 13/2 to make it 10 on Sunday.

Despite their recent travails at Goodison Park, Manchester City head into the contest in a rich vein of form having taken maximum points from their first two games of the season.

Both of those matches finished 3-0, and they are 12/1 to make it three in a row with the same scoreline on Sunday.

Perhaps Manuel Pellegrini’s greatest masterstroke of the close-season has been the way in which he has protected Sergio Aguero.

The striker was excused from pre-season tours of Australia and Vietnam after helping Argentina reach the Copa America final, and, even after featuring in later friendlies, started on the bench against West Brom in the opening game.

And while the main strikers for all of City’s title rivals in Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez and Wayne Rooney seem to still be getting fully up to speed, Aguero looks to have hit the ground running with a fine individual effort to open the scoring against Chelsea last weekend.

The prolific forward has netted 10 goals in his last nine games, and is priced at 11/2 to score first in a Manchester City win on Sunday.

Having stolen an early march in the title race City will be determined to continue their perfect start to the season.

Yet with them travelling to a ground where they have traditionally struggled, surprises could well be in store.

And should Everton manage to pull off another upset, there will nobody more grateful than the club with whom they have been wrangling all summer.

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