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The Toffees' poor form against top Premier League sides looks set to continue as they host Roberto Mancini's men and Adam Bate tips the Citizens to lead by half time

Although buoyed by an FA Cup victory over Fulham at the weekend, Everton face the daunting task of hosting Manchester City on Tuesday evening.

David Moyes’ side have picked up just two points from their last four matches and find themselves in the wrong half of the Premier League table. Wins are needed and Everton can be backed at 100/30 (4.33) with Sportingbet to upset the odds in this one.

Manchester City will certainly be looking to avoid that outcome and having enjoyed a rare weekend off, Roberto Mancini’s men are likely to be focused on the job in hand. City can ill-afford to slip up with rivals Manchester United just three points behind and the Citizens are available at 4/5 (1.8) for the win with the same firm.

That seems the probable scenario in this game, especially given Everton’s habit of starting slowly. No team has been leading fewer matches at half-time than Everton this season and they are up against a team that is yet to be losing at the interval.

With the City squad well-rested and the home side without Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka, expect the visitors to start strongly. The Bet of the Day is for Manchester City to be leading at half-time at 7/5 (2.4) with Sportingbet.

Although Manchester City are likely to overpower their opposition, there may still be some value in the unders market. Everton’s matches have seen fewer goals than any other Premier League team and only one of their last eight has featured three goals or more.

Even without their first choice defensive pair, Moyes can be relied upon to make his team hard to beat. As a result, the value bet is the 13/5 (3.6) available with Sportingbet on there being under 1.5 goals in this game.

Bet of the Day – Manchester City to lead at half-time at 7/5 (2.4) with Sportingbet

Value Bet - under 1.5 goals at 13/5 (3.6) with Sportingbet

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on Twitter

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