Everton vs Man City 23/8/15 – Sapha Alavi

Man City vs Everton

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Nine wins on the trot for City (three this season) mean that City are now the shortest priced favourites at this stage of the season in Premier League history. When you take into account that two of the games so far have been Everton and Chelsea, the task is already becoming daunting for the other title contenders. This begs the question; where are the weaknesses in their side? Where are the areas you can exploit? Kompany and Mangala have started the season as they mean to go on, with strength and a ferociousness to their play. And that’s before £32 million Nicolas Otamedi provides cover.

Yaya Toure displayed why he is still rated as one of Europe’s finest Midfielders. A player that came under criticism last season recently gave Pellegrini plenty to smile about. Additionally, Fernandinho is slowly but surely justifying his price tag. I’m not sure whether I’m more impressed with their ability to regain possession or their enthusiasm to marauder forward. The fact that they seem happy doing either provides a stark contrast to other holding Midfielders in the league. How often do you see Matic doing this? Would you swap any of Chelsea’s spine for City’s?

Everton just couldn’t cope with City on Sunday, and you sense that not too many will over the coming 35 games. Of course, any Martinez managed team will create the odd good chance at the very least. Everton had the ball in the back of the net before referee Anthony Taylor correctly called offside. If it hadn’t been for Everton Shot Stopper Tim Howard, City would have been several up before the break. A shocking moment came when Sterling could have scored, if only he had the confidence to use his left foot from 5 yards out. Always amazes me when Premier League footballers don’t have the confidence to use either foot. Moments later Sterling cut inside before forcing Howard, stretched at full length, to save the home side.

The first goal came as Silva started the move deep inside his own half, and Sterling carried it on as City moved the ball down the left hand side. Admittedly Howard went to ground too early and gave Kolarov the near post as exposed as you can expect at this level to take aim. You could argue Howard didn’t deserve to concede, but you couldn’t argue the goal was coming. Nasri came on for Sterling and looked dangerous before adding a second with a lob from close range. I like Navas as a player but I’m surprised he’s got the nod ahead of Nasri for all three games so far.

Man of the match is an obvious one, but the Spanish magician was at it again. A constant source of danger from the first whistle with his brilliant close control and superb vision.One commentator aptly suggested that he hired a body double because he was everywhere and anywhere. The majority of his touches come in wide positions, constantly giving the opposition full backs an extra player to worry about. No surprise then that both goals came from one of Silva’s wide colleagues. The best player in the league. For me, yes. Title favourites at the bookies? Yes. Title favourites for me? Maybe, just.

Next Match Prediction- Manchester City 3 Watford 0

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