In England, attention shifts towards the FA Cup this weekend, with a clash between Everton and Manchester City probably the standout fixture.
To get to this stage, both teams had the luck of being drawn against lower-league opposition with one exception. Everton played Tottenham Hotspur in a thrilling fifth-round tie, which produced a total of nine goals including an extra-time winner.
The upcoming match will be the first time these teams have met in this competition for 40 years, when Manchester City ran out 3-1 winners in a replay after the first match ended in a 2-2 stalemate.
This will also be the second meeting between the two sides in the current season, with the Cityzens coming out victorious in the league meeting a month ago. It will be interesting to see how the two sides approach this match, with City seemingly having one hand already on the league title whilst Everton are fighting to finish in one of the European places. Our in-house experts have researched further and come up with their prediction.
FA Cup Quarter Finals: Everton vs Man City
Saturday 20th March
PAST CUP MEETINGS
Meetings between these teams in the FA Cup have been a rare occurrence. They last met in 1981, with the previous meeting to that 50 years ago.
Historically, Everton have the edge over their opponents with four victories in 10 meetings, while City have come out on top three times with the other three ending in stalemates.
They have met more recently in the League Cup, facing each other in a two-legged semi-final in 2016. On that occasion Everton won the home leg 2-1, only to lose 3-1 at the Etihad and 4-3 on aggregate.
An in-form Manchester City boast talent in abundance with numerous members of the squad who can decide a game in a split-second. Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, and Bernardo Silva, who has two FA Cup goals to his name this season, are just a few of those who can tilt the game in City’s favor.
Everton aren’t short of clinical players either. They also parade the likes of Richarlison, who has three goals to his name, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has found the back of the net twice in the ongoing season’s cup competition.
The unfortunate Jean-Phillipe Gbamin is a long-term absentee for Everton, having played just twice for the Toffee’s since moving from Mainz in 2019. They will also be without James Rodríguez and Abdoulaye Doucouré, whilst goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was injured last weekend and will be out until April. Manchester City have a full squad to pick from with no injury concerns.
Putting into consideration that the past six meetings between the sides in all competitions have produced 21 goals at a rate of 3.5 per match, the over/under goals market will be a favourable option as those statistics suggest the match is likely to produce over 2.5 goals, which is offered at odds of 1.66. Both teams to score may be another good bet given those statistics.
To come out victorious over 90 minutes play, Manchester City are priced at 1.36, Everton at 10.25, and the draw at 5.85.
Given there are no replays in this year’s competition, other betting options are available if you want to look for alternative options. 17.00 on Man City to win after a penalty shoot-out could be an option if you think the match will be a tight affair.
Presently, in all aspects of the game, Manchester City are a match for anyone on the planet and with a full-strength squad at their disposal we can’t see them failing to win this match in 90 minutes play.
Prediction: Man City to win
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