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Everton have been much improved since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti, however I can’t see anything other than a home win here and the odds reflect that as a win for Manchester City is very short. City’s home record speaks for itself, they did lose to rivals United recently, but they seem to have bounced back well with home wins over both Leicester City and Sheffield United in the following weeks.
Manchester City’s Achilles heel this season has been their vulnerability defensively. Both teams to score has been a winning selection in 14 of their last 17 matches across all competitions. Everton have performed well recently, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in excellent form so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him find the back of the net himself.
Everton were 2-1 winners at Newcastle last time out, and they have scored in seven of their last eight league matches away from home.
Looking at the corner stats for both sides, over 9.5 corners looks like a good selection to add to my Same Game Multi. Manchester City average 11 corners per game which includes an impressive 8.40 for themselves. Everton average over ten per game with around 6 being their own. Over 9.5 corners looks solid if these stats are anything to go by and if they continue in that manner.
Sergio Aguero was back in the goals against Sheffield United and he is expected to start again against Everton as Gabriel Jesus was only fit enough to make the bench in the win over the Blades. The Argentinian has reached double figures for goals, scoring ten in 15 league appearances so far. His run in the side was interrupted by a muscle injury and he now seems to be taking back the reigns from Gabriel Jesus for the moment, anyway.