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Rupert Wyman 19th Dec 2010 - 15:34

Everton the value bet in Eastlands clash

Manchester City v Everton betting preview

Man City look set to beat the weather on Monday night and provide some much needed football for action-starved fans following the weekend whiteout. They have the chance to go top of the Premier League but they're facing something of a bogey side when they take on Everton at the City of Manchester Stadium.

The OPTA stats show that Toffees have won five of the last six Premier League games against City including three of their last four visits to Eastlands making the 19/5 on them to win this look like a very tempting bet. Man City are odds-on at 7/10.

David Moyes side have drawn five of their last six away games showing they are difficult to beat and will take confidence from the point they took at Stamford Bridge a couple of weeks ago. The draw is 11/4.

Man City have had a few problems this week with Carlos Tevez stating his intention to leave the club. He is likely to be stripped of the captaincy but we still fancy him to play his heart whilst he remains at the club.

He is a fully committed player and even when he was on his way out of former club United he always gave 100%. He's scored 31 goals in his last 38 Premier League games, taking the bulk of the goalscoring burden for Roberto Mancini's men.  He was the only scorer in their recent win over Bolton and in their best performance at the season when they beat Chelsea 1-0.

As part of our 'Match Winner' offer we've enhanced the price on the Argentinean being the only City player to score in this match to 5/1.

The two main contenders to take over the Captaincy appear to be Kolo Toure (33/1 to score first) or Vincent Kompany (also 33/1).

City have been unconvincing at home in recent times, they were lucky to beat Bolton 1-0 last time and their two home games before that ended in 0-0 draws. With Everton also drawing a blank last time out goals may hard to come by in this one with both teams having solid defences but lacking a bit of magic up front. It's 8/11 for less than 2.5 goals and 12/5 for less than 1.5. It's 9/1 for another goalless draw.

Tim Cahill was unfortunate not to get a couple of goals for Everton against Wigan last weekend and he's likely to be a major threat again in this one. He's 8/1 to score first and 11/4 to net at anytime.  Jermaine Beckford was The Toffees' hero when he grabbed a late equalizer at Stamford Bridge recently. He's 9/1 to score the last of goal of the game this time.

I expect defences to dominate this one so under 1.5 goals at 12/5 and a small bet on 0-0 at 9/1 are worthwhile.

I think Everton will be a tough nut to crack for a City team having a few problems behind the scenes and I expect the visitors to get at least a point. Therefore Everton to win or Draw at 11/10 and Everton to win (draw no bet) at 5/2 look the best bets.

Weather permitting the game kicks off at 8pm on Monday and is live on Sky Sports 1. Bet in-play from kick-off at William Hill.

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