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Man City v Everton: Toffees to make it difficult for home side

Posted 21st September 2011

The early kick-off in the Premier League this Saturday sees Everton travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City. Roberto Mancini's side hit their first stumbling block in the title race last weekend while the Toffees continued to move up the table with another win.

Unibet make Manchester City favourites at 5/12 in the match odds while an Everton win is 13/2 and a draw offered at 13/4.

Last Sunday at Craven Cottage, Manchester City relinquished their 100 per cent start to the season after allowing Fulham back into the game in a 2-2 draw. City looked to be cruising to another three points when they were two nil up just after the break thanks to a brace from Sergio Aguero. However, the mega-stars from Eastlands seemed to fade in the closing stages of the match and Fulham took their opportunity to snatch a point thanks to goals from Bobby Zamora and Danny Murphy.

Roberto Mancini complained after the game that his team were tired after their European excursions midweek and that his squad was depleted through injury. Yet not many will have sympathy for the Italian if he feels he cannot put a sufficient team together with the money that he has spent during his time at the club. Fulham, operating on a significantly smaller budget than their opponents, were also in action a day later than City in the Europa League when they played on the Thursday night so fatigue cannot be used by Mancini as an excuse.

After the opening day defeat at home to QPR and lack of investment in new players over the summer, it didn't look good for Everton for the season ahead. However, now nearly a month into the new campaign, the Toffees are experiencing their best start to a season since 2007/2008 when they finished 5th in the league.

David Moyes may not have been able to go out and get the players he would have liked during the transfer window but he is making do with what he has got so far. The Scot's side have put in spirited, determined efforts and they look as if they are really going to fight to try and make this season a success. In their game last weekend against Wigan, Everton dominated possession just as they had done with Aston Villa a week previously but this time they walked away with all three points after a 3-1 victory.

Everton are a solid outfit with quality performers in defence and midfield such as Seamus Coleman and Leon Osman but they are certainly lacking in the striker department. Tim Cahill is being deployed by the manager to lead the line but the Toffees could really do with a permanent striker. This is likely to hurt Everton in the long run this season.

In this fixture last season, Everton came away with all three points after defeating Man City 2-1. It is hard to see a similar result this time as City have drastically improved since last season but Everton will make it tough for the home side.

Everton are playing with confidence now after putting some good performances together and Napoli recently showed what an organised side can do when they play City. There is also no pressure on Everton like there is on City to keep pace in the title race after their slip-up last Sunday. A close, tight affair could be on the cards with City getting the win by a single goal.

Tip #1: Back Scotland to win at 16/11 with Unibet.

Tip #2: Back Under 2.5 goals at 1/2 with Unibet.

Tip #3: Back Scotland to win 2-0 at 11/1 with Unibet.