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Manchester City vs Everton: City to recover from rare setback

Manchester City vs Everton Match Preview and Predictions

Manchester City are not invincible but will be determined to prove last week's defeat at Chelsea was only a slight setback in their bid to defend their Premier League crown.

[All odds correct at time of publication] 

City suffered their first league loss of the season with a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge but can go back above leaders Liverpool for a day at least when they kick off this weekend's Premier League matches on Saturday lunchtime.

Everton rescued a 2-2 draw at home to Watford with a last-gasp equaliser on Monday and are seventh in the table after a solid start to the season but can still be backed at 12/1 to win at the Etihad Stadium.

Match information

When is it? Saturday 15th December

What time is kick-off? 12:30

Where is it being played? Etihad Stadium

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event

Who is the referee? Craig Pawson

Manchester City vs Everton Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for Saturday's match for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Pep Guardiola was not worried by City's unbeaten run ending and neither are the Premier League odds compilers, with City still the clear favourites in the outright betting and 1/5 to return to winning ways on Saturday.

The expected goals data showed City almost created as many chances as Chelsea and the outcome could have been very different if they had been more clinical in the first half, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane both wasteful.

Everton can at least be encouraged by their record at the Etihad Stadium, where they have managed a draw on their last three trips, conceding just two goals in the process.

City have won all eight home matches in the Premier League this season but conceded in five of them. Given that Everton have only failed to score on three occasions, we think the Toffees can get on the scoresheet here but this could be a bad time to be facing City.

With that in mind, a home win and both teams to score at 31/20 is the first of our Manchester City vs Everton betting tips.

Sterling will also be keen to make headlines for what happens on the pitch after events at Stamford Bridge and regardless of whether Sergio Aguero returns, we like odds of 6/5 for Sterling to score and City to win.

This weekend's best bets

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First goalscorer tips

Sterling was used as a 'false nine' last week, with Gabriel Jesus starting on the bench despite the absence of the injured Aguero and replacing Sane in the second half. The England international almost marked his 24th birthday with a goal but shot straight at Kepa Arrizabalaga.

That means he remains level with Aguero on eight league goals this season but with doubts over whether either of City's strikers will start, the Premier League's player of the month for November is our pick from the first goalscorer odds at 7/2.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Everton have looked vulnerable at corners this season and already conceded four goals that way.

Although City often prefer to play the ball short, a more direct approach into the box may be tempting on Saturday and we'll take 15/2 for towering defender John Stones to be the player that benefits.

Where the game will be won or lost

It will be interesting to see how City react to a rare defeat but it should not be too damaging in the long run.

The setback may ensure that any complacency which was creeping in disappears and make the players more focused going into a busy period of matches.

Guardiola was certainly satisfied with the performance last weekend, saying: "We're not here to be invincibles, or to be unbeaten, we're here to try to be champions. It doesn't matter. We want to have one point more than our opponents. Now, at the moment, Liverpool is better than us.

"When we win a lot of games I say be calm. Now we are calm. The same. After all we have done last season everybody wants to beat us, we came here and played with incredible personality to play here.

"We didn't defend, we stayed high, regained a lot of balls, we attacked, we created enough chances to score one or two in the first half, unfortunately it didn't happen. That is a good lesson.

"The result is the result. They scored two goals, we didn't score. The way we played is incredible. I'm so glad."

Let's assume it will be business as usual for City. They beat Everton 3-1 when the teams last met in March and have won by the same scoreline this season at home to Manchester United and Bournemouth, who are either side of Everton in the table.

City are 10/1 for another 3-1 win and that completes our Manchester City vs Everton predictions.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Raheem Sterling has been the centre of attention this week after the abuse he received at Chelsea but has shown before that he is not easily distracted and is fancied to open the scoring at 7/2.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football