The first leg of the Capital One semifinal between Everton and Manchester City will take place on Wednesday, January 6th at Goodison Park at 20:00.
The Citizens are looking to return to the final in this tournament after they won the title in 2014 when they defeated Sunderland 3-1 with a good performance of French player Samir Nasri. It was their third championship in their history and first since 1976.
They beat Hull City in the quarterfinals and come to this match with three straight games with no defeat. The team led by Manuel Pellegrini has lost only two of the last nine in all competitions, but both were on the road.
Manchester City are located in the third place in the standings in the Premier League with 39 points, only three away from Arsenal. Despite they are in the top three, they have struggled on the road this season, as they have four wins, three draws and three defeats, scoring only 10 of their 39 goals.
In the League Cup Odds Everton v Man City, the Citizens are favorites to get the victory in this game. They are listed with 2.15 Odds, while the Toffees are with 3.65 and the draw is with 3.7.
Everton defeated Middlesbrough in the previous round and are in the semifinals for the first time since the 2007-08 season when they fell to Chelsea by an aggregate score of 3-1.They have played two times in the final, but they have lost both (1977, 1984).
The Toffees have struggled in the last month and they have won only one of the past six games. Last weekend, they drew 1-1 at home versus Tottenham. Their only victory in that span was on the road versus Newcastle by 1-0.
They are in the 11th spot in the table with 27 points and, at Goodison Park they have three wins, four draws and four defeats. They have scored 23 goals so far, the second most by a home team so far, only behind Manchester City (29).
At online sportsbook Bodog, the Citizens are listed with 3.25 Odds to win by two goals or more and with 4.0 to do it by one. The Toffees are rated at 5.25 to get the victory by the minimum difference and the score draw is with 4.33.
This will be the third meeting in the League Cup between these two teams and each has one victory. The last time they played in this tournament was in 1988 at Goodison Park and the Toffees won 2-0.
Manchester City have dominated the series in recent years, as they have five straight games with no defeat. Their last meeting was five months ago in the local tournament and they won 2-0 on the road with goals from Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri. The Toffees have not won since 2013 when they did it by 2-0 in their pitch.
Argentine striker Sergio Aguero is the favorite to score the first goal in this match and is listed with 5.0 League Cup Odds. El “Kun” is followed by Wilfried Bony with 6.5 and Kelechi Iheanacho and Romelu Lukau with 7.0.
Manchester City will win this game as they will take advantage of Everton’s weak defense at home. The Toffees have allowed 20 goals, the most by any team so far in the English top flight.