Everton vs. Manchester City – English Premier League – May 3, 2014 Betting Preview and Prediction

When: Saturday, May 3, 2014, 11:30 AM EST

Where: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England

Line: Manchester City at Everton – view Premier League lines

Betting on Everton

Everton’s 2015 Champion’s League dreams have all but evaporated after dropping two of their last three games. They fell 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace before losing 2-0 away to Southampton on two own goals.

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But sandwiched in between those two losses was a fine 2-0 home win that signaled the end of former manager David Moyes’ reign at Manchester United. They also impressively defeated Arsenal 3-0 at home in early April, which shows that Roberto Martinez’s side can get up for the big games against the big teams, especially at home.

Everton are 8-0-1 in their last nine home games, and are unbeaten (2-1-0) against the three of the top four teams at Goodison Park.

But with essentially nothing left to play for, Martinez will have an interesting dilemma as to whether he will play to win against City, which would aid rivals Liverpool in their title challenge.

Everton will be without key midfielder Gareth Barry, who is on-loan from City, but physical striker Romelu Lukaku (13 goals) has the muscle to trouble City’s occasionally suspect defense.

Betting on Manchester City

Manchester City’s championship hopes seemingly went out the window after they lost to Liverpool and drew with bottom club Sunderland at home. But a big Liverpool slip-up has placed City’s destiny back in its own hands and the time is favored at -130 to win the league over Chelsea and Liverpool.

The Citizens themselves recovered from those back-to-back hiccups by easily disposing of West Brom 3-1 at home and Crystal Palace 2-0 away. Palace had won five straight games before falling to City.

City could be without key playmaker David Silva, who was injured in the West Brom game, but will have inspirational midfielder Yaya Toure back and in fine form. Toure scored his 19th league goal of the season in his return against Palace.

Strikers Sergio Aguero (16 goals) and Edin Dzeko (12 goals) also got on the score sheet in the last two games for City, who have scored two or more goals in eight of their last nine games.

However, City have not been the most consistent away from home; they’re just 3-2-1 in their last six away games.
Writer’s Prediction

With the title within their reach, a motivated City and their array of attacking talent powers past Everton at Goodison.