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Capital One Cup: Manchester City vs Everton preview

Kick off: Wednesday, 27 January @19:45 GMT

Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Manchester City vs Everton 0-0 (2015/2016 Premier League)
Everton vs Manchester City 2-1 (2015/2016 Capital One Cup)
Everton vs Manchester City 0-2 (2015/2016 Premier League)
Everton vs Manchester City 1-1 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Manchester City vs Everton 1-0 (2014/2015 Premier League)

Manchester City vs Everton prediction

Manchester City will be looking to overcome a one-goal deficit in the Capital One Cup semi-final against Everton when the two teams square off against each other at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Aguero scoring goals for fun

Manchester City recorded a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on day 22 of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but West Ham United once again proved to be a big catch for the title-chasing side. Anyhow, despite sharing the spoils with the Hammers Arsene Wenger’s troops managed to overtake Arsenal in second place in the Premier League standings. The Citizens are regarded as main favourites to win the domestic trophy, but they have big ambitions for the 2015/2016 Capital One Cup campaign as well. Manuel Pellegrini’s men need to overcome a one-goal deficit (1-2) in the tie against Everton and given their impressive home record, the hosts are certainly capable of beating the Toffees at their Etihad Stadium. Kun Aguero has found his scoring boots and the Argentine attacker, who scored a brace against West Ham United, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.

Aleksandar Kolarov, Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony, Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri are all sidelined with injury, but coach Manuel Pellegrini has no fresh injury worries ahead of the Capital One Cup game. Raheem Sterling is likely to be recalled to the starting XI.

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Toffees eager to defend their slim lead

Everton have been having their ups and downs of late. The Toffees did well to beat Manchester City in the Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg, but they have not recorded a win in the Premier League ever since. Roberto Martinez’s men played out back-to-back draws against the likes of Man City and Everton, with the team suffering an upsetting loss to relegation strugglers Swansea City at the weekend. Romelu Lukaku has been struggling to find his goal-scoring touch of late, but the Belgian attacker will definitely lead the attack for the visitors against Man City. Everton are eager to defend their slim lead in the Etihad Stadium clash, but Roberto Martinez is likely to stick to his attacking style of play. It has to be noted that the Toffees recorded their last win over Man City at Etihad Stadium back in 2010. Back then Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines helped Everton emerge triumphant.

Muhamed Besic and Kevin Mirallas are both out of contention as the duo suffered injuries in the 2-1 loss to Swansea City. Seamus Coleman is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up.

Quick Facts

  • Man City suffered only one loss in previous 13 home games
  • Citizens scored 4+ goals in four of their previous six home fixtures
  • Everton are undefeated in last seven away games
  • Toffees have netted 12 goals in the League Cup this season to date
  • Roberto Martinez’s men are on a three-match winless run in all competitions

Manchester City vs Everton betting tip

Manchester City are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Everton failed to impress in Sunday’s Premier League against Swansea City, I believe that the Citizens are capable of beating the Toffees in the Capital One Cup semi-final, return leg. Kun Aguero has been in a thrilling form of late and the Argentine attacker is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back line. Taking everything into account, the hosts are closer to making it to the Capital One Cup final.

Tip: Manchester City to win

Odds: 1.50 (1/2) @Unibet

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