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Man City extended their unprecedented winning run to 16 matches in all competitions with an emphatic victory over Spurs at the weekend and leave them seven points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand.
What’s been most impressive though about their run is their defensive capabilities, conceding just once from open play in the 11 Premier League games in that run as sides struggle to even get into their defensive third at the moment.
As City threaten to run away with the league, Everton have some aspirations of their own and are well in the hunt for the top four this season.
They currently sit five points behind fourth placed Chelsea but with two games in hand, and a positive result here would go a long way toward that charge for the Champions League next season.
However, that will largely rely on the availability of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who missed the game against Fulham with a hamstring complaint. Carlo Ancelotti has hinted at the striker’s availability for this game, and it would come as a massive boost.
Indeed, He’s started 38 of the 41 games under current management, and they’ve lost two of those three games that he’s not been on the pitch from the off, with the Toffees looking bereft of ideas against a relegation threatened Fulham at the weekend.
The bet for this game will largely depend on his availability, as with Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne able to provide more than enough service from either flank, they can really cause defences some issues.
If not, there’s really only one way this tie can go, with City having the best home record in the league by some distance with a W9-D2-L1 record and winning six consecutive such matches to nil.
However, they’ve only kept one clean sheet against top-seven sides this season from their six games, and if Calvert-Lewin starts we’d expect the visitors to get on the scoresheet and put a blotch on this incredible defensive run.
Man City – Half Time Result
Amazingly, Man City have conceded just five first half goals all season, with no opposition player netting against them in the opening 45 minutes for nearly 12 hours of football now, with the last being Son Heung-Min all the way back in mid-November.
On those grounds it’s worth backing the hosts to take the lead into the break as they have done in seven of their last nine games.