Victory for the defending champions would see them leapfrog Liverpool on goal difference, albeit having played a game more, and lead the league for the first time since December 8.
City are unsurprisingly just 7/25 (1.28) favourites with 888Sport to claim victory at Goodison Park, with the hosts 9/1 (10.0) to do rivals Liverpool a massive favour by taking all three points. The draw is available at 5/1 (6.0).
It looks, though, as if goals is the market with value here. Both teams to score is priced at 22/25 (1.88) with 888Sport and that seems rather overpriced ahead of this clash.
Pep Guardiola’s men scoring is almost a given, with the Citizens finding the net in 23 of their 25 games this season, and 18 of 20 games away from Eastlands stretching back to January 2018.
However, their defence has been suspect in recent matches and they have kept just one away clean sheet since November 24, which came at Huddersfield – the lowest-scoring team in the league.
Everton will certainly fancy their chances of breaching such a leaky backline, having only failed to score once in front of their own fans this season.
Outside of the top six, only Bournemouth have found the net more times the Toffees this campaign, with Marco Silva’s men scoring at least once in 54 per cent of home matches.
Again, that is a figure only bettered by the Cherries excluding the top six. This fixture also has a history of goals, with both teams scoring in five of the last six meetings in all competitions.
Interestingly, three of those games have finished 3-1 to City and a repeat is on offer at 9/1 (10.0), which would represent the sixth time this term the champions have won by that scoreline – more than any other result.