Everton vs Man CityEnglish Premier League, KO: 20:00 Dec 28, 2020, Goodison Park
THERE is little time for Everton to savour their lofty position in the Premier League as they play host to Man City on Monday night.
The Toffees have come through a sticky patch to chalk up mighty impressive wins over Chelsea, Leicester, Arsenal and Sheffield United.
That quartet of terrific triumphs has propelled Carlo Ancelotti's charges to second in the Premier League table and the Merseysiders will be looking to keep the feelgood factor flowing when Man City come calling on Monday night.
The Citizens have been far from their devastating best so far this season and their stuttering start to the campaign has left them with plenty of work to do to get back into title contention.
Having said that, Man City are winning with steel rather than style and they are slowly but surely moving up the Premix League standings.
Pep Guardiola's star-studded side swatted aside Newcastle with a comfortable 2-0 win on Boxing Day and they will be aiming to make it three league wins on the spin when they pitch up at Goodison Park on Monday night.
Everton have lost their last five matches against Man City in all competitions and that is reflected in the odds with the Blues big outsiders at 6/1 with BetVictor, while the draw is also deemed unlikely at 18/5 with the same firm.
Man City are odds-on favourites at 4/9 with PaddyPower to make it six triumphs on the trot against the Toffees.
Goals could be at a premium at Goodison Park on Monday night and I also suspect that this Merseyside meeting could be closer than what the betting suggests.
City have suddenly shored things up at the back and their newfound defensive solidity has fuelled a run of eight clean sheets across their last 10 matches in all competitions.
What's more, 11 of City's last 12 league games have featured fewer than three goals, while the under 2.5 goal play has landed in five of Everton's last six Premier League matches.
With that in mind, I'm going to head to the Bet Builder market and combine under five match goals and both teams to receive at least one card, an 11/10 shot with Bet 365.
The above-mentioned Bet Builder has banked in each of City's last five league matches and I like the look of siding with the same formula here in what should be a closely-fought contest.
I'll also have a play on another Bet Builder at 5/6 (Bet 365) by combining over zero cards in the match for Everton and over two Everton corners.
It's a combination that has clicked in each of Everton's last four matches and City's last five opponents in the Premier League have all managed to hit three or more flag kicks.
It's also worth noting that Everton are averaging 1.77 yellow cards per game this term – the sixth highest tally in the division – and given that they have clocked up two or more cautions in three of their last four league games I'll also have a go on over one Everton card at an eye-catching 11/8 with Bet 365.
This English Premier League match between Everton and Man City will be played on Dec 28, 2020 and kick off at 20:00. Check below for our tipsters best Everton vs Man City prediction.