Everton v Manchester City Betting Tips August 23rd 2015
Tip #1: Back Manchester City to win @ 1.65 with bet365.com
Tip #2: Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.65 with bet365.com
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Everton v Manchester City Betting Tips: Match Preview
A laboured 2-2 draw at home against Premier League new boys Watford gave Everton fans pause for concern. The Toffees had a horrible second season playing under Roberto Martínez after soaring to a fifth-place finish in his debut season, which explained why many feared the away trip to Southampton.
Everton needed only 45% possession and four shots on target to secure a 3-0 away victory to reignite confidence among their fan base. Romelu Lukaku scored twice before half-time, giving the Toffees a clear advantage to carry in to the break. Young star Ross Barkley then added a third on 84 minutes to secure the surprising victory.
Winning in Southampton has given Everton a sense of confidence that they desperately needed in facing a Man City team that are bordering on rampant in their start to the season. Martínez will be delighted that he got to start the season with Phil Jagiekla and John Stones in a solid centre-back partnership, but that could be disrupted with Chelsea sniffing around Stones.
Moving farther up the pitch, Everton are looking good with Lukaku and Barkley. However, the challenge against Man City will to avoid being dominated in central midfield. James McCarthy is aggressive and physical, but Gareth Barry is getting slower with every season. This pairing will need support against City.
Two games into the season and it’s already surprising at how easily Manuel Pellegrini has left behind the negative speculation regarding his future as Man City manager. The Chilean plugged the £49 million Raheem Sterling straight into his 4-2-3-1 formation and won 3-0 away against West Brom in the first game.
More impressive, though, is that City embarrassed Chelsea with a dominating 3-0 victory. The Citizens only needed 49% possession to generate eight shots on target compared to only three for Chelsea. Man City look as if they could be the attacking side of the season.
There has been no surprise that David Silva has picked up where he left off, proving to be the attacking catalyst for Man City. And you have to think that City would be better off forgetting about Wolfsburg attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne for the moment, as it makes no sense to upset Silva.
Yaya Touré, meanwhile, appears to have awoken from his slumber. The lanky Ivory Coast international has been excellent in scoring and creating. He will be a nuisance for McCarthy and Barry to even begin to cope with. Another bright light is the return of Sergio Agüero, who scored against Chelsea on his return to the side.
Although Man City have kept two-straight clean sheets, they could be vulnerable to the physical and technical skills of Lukaku. Meanwhile, Everton often appear to be at risk of conceding.
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