Securing their spot in the last 16 of this year’s EFL Cup in midweek, Manchester City will now turn their attentions back to Premier League duties when they travel to Goodison Park on Saturday evening.
Appearing to bounce back from their shock defeat away at Carrow Road after returning from the international break, Pep Guardiola’s men have won their last three matches on the spin and have continued to show their scintillating form the final third.
On the flip side, while Everton may have also progressed in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, the Blues are enduring a very worrying run in England’s top-tier.
Suffering a shock 2-0 defeat at home to Sheffield United last weekend, Marco Silva’s men have now lost three of their last four top-flight outings, their worst run since the start of February.
You might also be interested to know that the defending Premier League champions have won each of their last three matches against Saturday’s hosts and can be found at 1/3 with SkyBet to leave Merseyside with three points this weekend.
Marco Silva playing for his job?
While Head Coach Marco Silva may have seen his side pick up a much-needed cup victory away at Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, the Blues have continued to struggle in England’s top-tier.
Now losing three of their last four Premier League appearances, including defeats against Sheffield United and Aston Villa, two sides who came up from the Championship over the summer, they are enduring their worst run since the start of February.
A huge part of Everton’s sluggish start to the season has come down to some glaring defensive issues.
Saturday’s hosts have now shipped at least two goals in each of their last five games, their worst tally in recent memory since opening a Premier League campaign.
Still unable to find any real kind of momentum or form after breaking the £100million barrier once again over the summer, the pressure is really starting to mount on the former Watford boss.
You will be interested to know that Silva is currently pencilled in at 11/8 with SkyBet to be the next manager to be given the sack, comfortably ahead of Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who sits at 7/1.
City look to close the gap
Although Manchester City may have returned from the international break with a shock defeat away at Carrow Road, Pep Guardiola’s men have bounced back in some style.
Picking up a record-equalling 8-0 win over Watford last weekend and scoring five goals in the opening 15 minutes, Saturday’s guests are enjoying a three-match winning run, including a 3-0 victory away at Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League opener.
While the former Barcelona boss might see his side sat five points adrift of Liverpool in the race to retain their title, City still remain a favourite with the bookmakers to come out on top come May.
The Sky Blues can be found at 8/11 to lift their third straight league title, ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s men who are pencilled in at 6/5.
If City are to once again make a statement at Goodison this weekend, then Guardiola will be looking for attacking talisman Sergio Aguero to lead their charge.
Becoming the first man since Romelu Lukaku in 2015 to find the net in each of his last six Premier League appearances, Aguero can be found at 4/5 with SkyBet to extend that run on Saturday evening.