It was looking like such a promising season for Everton as recently as a few weeks ago but the arrival of February saw things go swiftly downhill with a dip in form in the league effectively ruling the Toffees out of the top four running before David Moyes’ men were ignominiously dumped out of the FA Cup by Wigan, having saved their worst performance of the campaign for last weekend’s quarter final clash.
Morale is subsequently pretty low both in the Blues camp and on the Goodison Park terraces so it’s perhaps not surprising that the under-fire Toffees are significant outsiders at 13/5 with Stan James as they prepare to entertain Manchester City this weekend.
The champions are 23/20 courtesy of William Hill to inflict more misery on Moyes’ charges while BetVictor chalk Everton up at 5/2 to secure what, in the circumstances, wouldn’t be a bad point but the atmosphere on Merseyside will quickly turn hostile if the hosts don’t make a flying start and that coupled with the increasing uncertainty about Moyes’ future paves the way for a comfortable away win.
Bet365 quote them at 12/5 in the handicaps, where they start a goal in arrears and given, the way the Toffees struggled – and failed – to break down the Latics, Roberto Mancini’s troops are a good bet at 29/10 (Coral) to prevail ‘to nil’.
More specifically, BetVictor make the visitors an alluring 12/1 to notch twice without reply and in attack, Carlos Tevez has six in four in all competitions and has to be fancied at 11/2 with Coral to notch first.
Man City to beat Everton ‘to nil’ – 29/10 (Coral)