The bulk of fixtures from round seven of the Premier League season take place on Saturday 28 September and as it’s also the final weekend of the month, teams will be going all out to sign off with a win. With two months of results now in the record books, the top-flight of English football really is beginning to take shape.
Eight games are scheduled for the highlight of the week with Sheffield United and Liverpool kicking things off with a 12.30pm start that will be shown live on BT Sport. The traditional 3.00pm berth boasts games ties as Chelsea v Brighton and Tottenham v Southampton, but they will be little more than appetisers for the main event.
Everton welcome champions Manchester City to Goodison Park for the pick of the bunch on Saturday with the match set for a 5.30pm start. Armchair fans can follow the play live on Sky Sports while bettors will be delighted to find a wealth of betting available. The match winner prices have Man City as predictable favourites at 1/3 with Skybet, ahead of 9/2 for the draw with bet365 and a market best price 10/1 through William Hill about a home cheer.
Toffees Have Been More Sour than Sweet
Everton appear to have picked up where they left off last season, The Toffees frustrating fans with a mixed bag of results. They seem to win matches they are expected to lose and suffer defeat in the games that rate as a gimme three points. The fans always cried out for investment in the playing squad but now that they have it, we’re unsure they are any happier than they were in the past. Money doesn’t buy happiness, that much is true, it just attracts more pressure and scrutiny.
The home side can be found down in 14th place with season stats of two wins, one draw and three defeats. They have scored five goals and conceded nine in six games. The form of a team who would do well to finish in midtable, unless something spectacular happens between now and the end of the season. Everton have lost three of their last four and the seven points tallied has them behind the likes of Burnley, Sheffield United and Southampton.
Marco Silva must be beginning to feel the heat and if he wasn’t, he surely will be following back-to-back losses. Everton suffered an upset 3-1 upset away to Bournemouth recently and were last spotted ending on the wrong side of a 2-0 defeat at this venue when hosting newly promoted Sheffield United last Saturday. Everton created enough chances to get something out of the game but were wasteful and made to pay by Mousset and a Mina own-goal. Fans demand improvement and they want to see it now.
Closing the Gap
Manchester City have suffered a rocky opening couple of weeks of the season themselves and make this trip to Merseyside aiming for the three points needed to close the gap on league leaders Liverpool. Will The Blues do The Reds a favour by beating Man City? Not many backers will have their cash on the locals, that’s for sure, but Liverpool can wait in hope. Four wins and one draw against a single defeat has The Cityzens in second, five points behind Jurgen Klopp’s pacesetters.
The visitors have won three of their last four and were at their astonishing best last weekend when knocking eight past Watford without reply. Were City in a determined mood that day, on the back of a hurtful defeat to Norwich at Carrow Road the round before, or were The Hornets just plain terrible, unable to put up a fight? We believe the truth lies somewhere in the middle, but Man City should get full credit for the way they ran over Watford. Bernardo Silva scored a hat-trick and there was also strikes for Silva, Aguero, Mahrez, Otamendi and De Bruyne.
Speaking to the press at the end of the match and manager Pep Guardiola didn’t believe his side just beat Watford, he thought they proved a point to themselves in the process. The players came in for much criticism for losing to Norwich but answered back at the first opportunity and sent out a statement of intent to Liverpool and the rest of the division. Meet Man City head on, attack for attack, and you will be made to pay a heavy price.
These sides played twice last season and Man City won by a two-goal advantage on each occasion. The first fixture, which took place at the Etihad Stadium in December, was won thanks to a 3-1 scoreline. That was achieved through goals for Sterling and a Jesus double.
City then beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park in the February return, Laporte’s opener added to by a late second for Jesus, the latter coming with 90 minutes on the clock. Man City -1 goal on the handicap is 4/5 at Coral. A third 3-1 win for City in four renewals of this fixture can be backed at 21/2 – best price at BetHard.
- Man City raced into a 5-0 lead in the quickest time ever recorded in a Premier League match last weekend v Watford
- David Silva registered the fastest goal in the Premier League of the campaign
- Man City have won by two clear goals in each of their last three games with Everton