Chris Sutton’s prediction for Manchester City vs Everton. Chris Sutton, a BBC analyst, and former Blackburn Rovers forward believes Manchester City will easily defeat Everton this coming Saturday. On Saturday, December 31, City will play host to the Toffees in a Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium. With 35 points from 15 games,‘s team is presently second in the league standings, five points behind league-leading Arsenal. Meanwhile, Everton remains mired in 17th place, one point above the relegation zone.
Sutton said he was worried for the Toffees entering into this game given their contrasting performances thus far this season. In his BBC column, he predicted that Manchester City will triumph 5-0 and stated the following: “I’m genuinely concerned about Everton. A trip to Etihad Stadium is the last thing they need considering they have only won one of their last nine games overall. What strategy does Frank Lampard’s team employ here? They will certainly make an effort to be tough, play the game as long as they can, and defend deeply, but giving up an early goal would be devastating for them.”
Defending City, the 1994–1995 Premier League champion said: “The only uncertainty around Manchester City is who will start. Due to the old “Pep Roulette,” which means you never know who will start, thousands of Fantasy Football players are angry every week. However, I don’t believe Pep Guardiola’s pick will significantly alter the result versus Everton. City will defeat them handily.”
Manchester City comes into this match off of a 3-1 win over Leeds United. After Rodri’s early strike, Erling Haaland scored twice to bring his total to 20 Premier League goals, eight more than the entire Everton team. Leeds got a consolation goal from Pascal Struijk. In the meantime, Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated Everton 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Rayan Ait-Nouri. Yerry Mina gave the Toffees the lead inside the first ten minutes, but they were penalized late as they looked for the winning goal.
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