League leaders and defending EPL champions Manchester City travel to 16th-placed Everton for a late game on the Premier League Saturday schedule.
Read on for our free English Premier League match betting preview, predictions, analysis, and best bets.
Everton FC vs. Manchester City FC
Saturday, February 26 – 12:30 PM EST at Goodison Park
English champions Manchester City look to avenge last weekend’s shock defeat to Tottenham Hotspur when traveling to Goodison Park on Saturday, as a wounded Everton squad lay in wait for the league leaders.
Sixteenth-placed Everton has an arduous task ahead, but if they were to capitalize on the Citizen’s rough patch and claim all three points, they could move 5-points adrift of the relegation zone.
Form, Mentality, Premier League Statistics and Trends
– Manchester City are undefeated in their previous 12 EPL away fixtures
– Manchester City have scored at least 1 goal in their last 21 matches
– Manchester City have won 9 consecutive meetings with Everton
– Manchester City have defeated Everton in 5 successive away meetings by 2 goals or more
– Everton has won just 3 of their last 19 games in all competitions
– Everton concedes an average of 1.50 goals in their recent home fixtures
Manchester City Can’t Afford to Lose
Following an unexpected defeat to Tottenham last weekend, Pep Guardiola and company have returned to the Premier League title chase they previously ran away with.
Liverpool are now just three points behind the league leaders, meaning that Guardiola’s men have no room to drop points, especially when facing weaker sides like Everton.
Perhaps Guardiola’s press conference statements of insisting the EPL title chase isn’t over, despite owning a double-digit lead at times, has finally jinxed his team’s luck.
Nevertheless, claiming all three points on Saturday won’t seem like a daunting task, considering the Citizens they’ve sailed to victory in their previous 5 trips to Goodison Park and currently ride a 12-game unbeaten streak on the road.
Frank Lampard guiding the ship for Everton is in a battle of his own, where Everton are now faced with a relegation battle sitting just two points above the drop zone.
However, if recent history bears any significance, the Toffees have only succeeded in defeating Manchester City on one occasion in their last 17 EPL meetings.
As the teams surrounding Everton in the division like Burnley and Newcastle begin to find form, Lampard’s men must emulate and put points on the board before it’s too late and they enter the dreaded relegation zone.
Bounce Back for the Citizens
Manchester City doesn’t respond to losing kindly. When they lost at the Etihad to Crystal Palace in October, the Citizen’s response fired back by winning 15 of their next 16 games. And when given Everton’s lack of success against Guardiola’s men, it could be a rough weekend for the Toffees.
This weekend’s host will meet a Manchester City squad that scored 13 goals past them and allowed just 1 from their previous 4 meetings. So, the expectation of Manchester City victory is highly expected.
Final Thoughts | EPL Matchday 27 Betting Picks and Odds
The EPL betting odds on the Manchester City moneyline aren’t favorable, as we’d be paying too much juice that results in a lackluster ROI% (return on investment).
However, I think it’s safe to assume the talent-rich squad from the blue side of Manchester can outperform their opponents by at least 2/3 goals for our soccer picks.
EPL Pick 1: Manchester City -1 Handicap (-135) at Bet365
EPL Pick 2: Manchester City Halftime/Fulltime (-120) at Bet365
Correct Score Pick: 0-3 (+750) at Bet365