City will find Toffees tough to crack
The Manchester City revolution continued on Monday night as they hammered hapless Blackburn Rovers 4-1 in front of the Eastlands faithful.
With that win Roberto Mancini's team made it four straight victories under his stewardship, and five wins in a row for the team including the last game under Mark Hughes' reign.
This game is their toughest though as Everton have started to really pick things up after a poor run of form in November, to be fair to the Toffees they had a really bad injury list then and players returning to the side have certainly helped them pick up their form.
One of the players that has been making them tick over the last couple of weeks has been Steven Pienaar (14/1 to get the first goal, 11/2 to score at anytime), the diminutive South African has been leading defence's a merry dance of late and has also been getting his name on the scoresheet a couple of times too - his goal against Arsenal was worthy of winning any match, but as ever at the Emirates the Gunners fought back and equalised in injury time.
It was unfortunate for David Moyes' team as they had played some good football and also defended resolutely, but already this season they have given some of the top teams a good run for their money and could've been much higher than the 12th place they currently occupy were it not for their awful luck with injuries.
Certainly the hosts are heading in the right direction now though, having lost just once in nine games they've put to bed any unrealistic relegation worries, booked their place in the knockout stage of the Europa League (which is the tournament where they lost their only game recently, when it didn't matter) and unlike their great rivals Liverpool - they've got another FA Cup tie to look forward to!
If they can get something out of this game then they'll be well set to try kick-start a possible run at a top six finish and another crack at Europe, and who knows with four of their next six league games coming at Goodison Park where they've only lost twice all season then they've got a great chance, although they do play Chelsea and Manchester United in this sequence of games.
Moyes' team are 9/5 shots to claim the three points on offer, the draw, which is where I'd be looking, is priced at 23/10 while Man City are 6/4 to make it a fifth straight win with Mancini at the helm.
Everton haven't had a striker as prolific as Louis Saha for some time, but the French ace has been excellent this season and has bagged 12 goals in just 16 starts, the former Manchester United man is 6/1 to get the opener, 7/4 to get one at any point of the game.
Leon Osman is worth an each-way shout though at odds of 20/1; the young midfield man has scored three times in his last 10 outings and could get plenty of the ball on Saturday evening.
For City the main man at the minute is Carlos Tevez, who demonstrated his brilliant finishing prowess against Blackburn when he notched a hat-trick, the Argentine is 40/1 to repeat that feat, but a more likely bet is 13/2 on him striking the first in the game, or 15/8 to pounce at anytime of the 90 minutes.
Emmanuel Adebayor is quoted at 6/1 to score first, but the club have told him he can take all the time he needs to mourn following the tragic shooting of three of his Togo colleagues and is unlikely to feature on Merseyside.
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