Betting preview: Manchester City vs Everton - clinical City to topple turbulent Toffees

Manchester City will be looking to maintain their title challenge, while Everton enter the match desperate for points after a torrid run of form.

After comfortably dispatching cross-city rivals Manchester United in their last fixture, Manchester City return from the international break to host Everton on Sunday afternoon.

Pep Guardiola's side currently trail Chelsea by three points in the table and know a win is needed against Everton if they are to maintain pressure on Thomas Tuchel's Blues.

Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez finds himself under pressure at Everton on the back of a five-game winless run.

When, where and how to watch

When: Sunday, November 21, 14.00 GMT

Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

How to watch: Live on Sky Sports

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Best bets for Manchester City vs Everton

Manchester City to win to nil - 3/4

Under 2.5 total match goals - 17/10

Phil Foden to score anytime - 20/21

Manchester City have quickly put their 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace behind them and will have much fonder memories of their recent derby win over Manchester United.

Pep Guardiola's side were dominant despite barely even leaving second gear to re-establish themselves in the title race.

Manchester City's Ruben Dias celebrates after the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London.

Despite missing an out-and-out striker, City have made up for their lack of firepower by being watertight in defence - their six goals conceded this season is only bettered by Chelsea's four.

Much of their success has been down to Ruben Dias, who is displaying the same aura of calm authority that was a hallmark of Vincent Kompany.

Meanwhile, Everton may struggle to penetrate City's defence without the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who remains sidelined for Sunday's match through injury.

Demarai Gray has been an inspired addition to Rafael Benitez' side - he currently leads the side in goals, joint with Calvert-Lewin and Andros Townsend on three.

But in contrast to City, most of Everton's problems have been at the back. Despite Benitez being famed for his organisation, the Toffees have conceded 16 this season, including five to Watford.

Everton, Gray, Townsend, Premier League, vs West Ham

Last three meetings

Manchester City 5-0 Everton (Premier League, May 23, 2021)

The last time these sides met was the final game of the 2020/21 season, and Sergio Aguero signed off in style, bagging a late brace to add gloss to the scoreline.

Kevin De Bruyne got the ball rolling after just 11 minutes before Gabriel Jesus doubled City's lead minutes later.

Phil Foden scored after 53 minutes to kill the game and Aguero's late double sent the Etihad into raptures.

Everton 0-2 Manchester City (FA Cup, March 20, 2021)

Manchester City left it late to seal a 2-0 win over Everton in the quarter-finals of the 2021 FA Cup.

After a goalless first half, the sides continued to cancel each other out in the second period. But, with extra time looming, Ilkay Gundogan scored with six minutes remaining to hand City the lead. De Bruyne added a second in the 90th minute.

City were knocked out in the following round by Chelsea.

Everton 1-3 Manchester City (Premier League, February 17, 2021)

Despite being the visitors, Manchester City controlled the game throughout and, despite a momentary scare from Richarlison, secured a relatively simple 3-1 win at Goodison Park.

Foden opened the scoring before Richarlison answered five minutes after to ensure the first half ended all square.

However, City's talent shone through after the break - Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva scoring to seal all three points.

Last 10 head-to-heads

Manchester City wins: 8

Draws: 1

Everton wins: 1

Manchester City goals: 24

Everton goals: 10

Controlling but not scoring

Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus, Champions League

Manchester City have produced some superb performances this season.

They landed the first blow in the title race with a 1-0 win over Chelsea in September, swept away Manchester United 2-0 and were unlucky not to gain all three points against Liverpool, drawing 2-2.

But, even when playing at their best, Guardiola's side have struggled to match their usual goal output.

They scored five against both Norwich and Arsenal in August, but they've also played out an unusually high number of low-scoring games this season.

In fact, in their last 10 games across all competitions, the under 2.5 total match goals has landed six times. While that credits their well-drilled defence, it also highlights their struggles to score.

Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva currently lead their Premier League scoring charts with three apiece.

Everton's leaky defence suggests goals may be more easy to come by for City on Sunday. But after shipping five in an embarrassing display against Watford, Benitez has got a grip of his defenders, inspiring them to a clean sheet against Spurs last time out.

Everton have also had an issue finding the net recently, with Calvert-Lewin's absence a big part of that.

Salomon Rondon, Everton, Premier League

Understudy Salomon Rondon has yet to score this season and in light of this, the under 2.5 match goals has landed in four of their last six games.

Likely to be defending again for most of the game, Benitez' priority will be making it as hard as possible for City to break through. With City lacking a clinical striker - or any striker for that matter - a low-scoring game is on the cards.

Goalscorer bets for Manchester City vs Everton 

Phil Foden in action for Man City

In terms of goalscorers, Phil Foden is my selection to score anytime against Everton. The 21-year-old leads City's scoring charts in the Premier League this year with three.

Additionally, Foden has scored twice in his four games against Everton, with the two goals coming in his last two Premier League clashes against the Toffees.

He's been a major part of Guardiola's plans since returning from injury, and I'm backing him to reward his manager's faith with another goal on Sunday.

Kevin De Bruyne also looks like an appealing option. After scoring the opener against Wales on international duty, the Belgian will want to kick on in the Premier League after missing the opening four games due to injury.

He's scored three and assisted four times in 16 appearances against Everton, and will be looking to build on his tally of two goals this season.

Richarlison, Everton, Premier League

If Everton are to score, then Richarlison looks like their most likely goalscorer. The Brazilian has enjoyed a more central role in the absence of Calvert-Lewin, and has scored twice for the Toffees this campaign.

He wasn't called up to Brazil's squad this month so has been allowed an extra week's rest. With fresh legs and a more crucial role up top, Richarlison looks the best goalscorer bet if you fancy Everton to upset the odds.

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