The Italian won’t be at Goodison Park on Tuesday night after receiving a four-match ban for kicking Scott Parker and the Toffees will be once again looking to nullify a team against whom they have a strong record at home.
Everton progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Fulham on Friday night and they can be backed at 4/1 (Bet Victor – £50 free bet) to delight supporters of Manchester United and Tottenham by beating the Premier League leaders.
David Moyes’ team have not exactly made Goodison a fortress this season and they score an average of one goal per game at home and away which can only win you a limited number of football matches.
Compare this with Manchester City’s 60 goals in 22 games and you can see why the bookies are quoting Roberto Mancini’s team at odds-on, especially with Vincent Kompany returning to the team after his four-game suspension.
The visitors can be backed at 17/20 (Boylesports bookmaker) to continue their march towards a first ever Premier League title and their focus on winning the division will have further intensified after being recently eliminated from both the Carling Cup and FA Cup.
Sergio Aguero has now gone four games without a goal for City, although two of those matches have been against Liverpool and perhaps the Argentine will have more joy against this Merseyside opponent, with odds of 9/2 (Ladbrokes) available.