The FA Cup is back in action with a round of crucial quarter-final fixtures as Manchester City lock horns with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. Manchester City have been in excellent form this year and are the favourites to win this game.
Everton are currently in seventh place in the Premier League and have suffered from bouts of inconsistency after a strong start to the season. The Toffees suffered a 2-1 defeat against Burnley last weekend and will need to bounce back in this game.
Manchester City, on the other hand, have been a resurgent force under Pep Guardiola and are on course to win the Premier League title this year.
Manchester City reached the quarter-finals by beating Birmingham City, Cheltenham Town and Swansea City. Everton, on the other hand, reached the quarter-finals, having beaten Tottenham Hotpur 5-4 in the previous round.
- This is the first FA Cup meeting between Everton and Manchester City since the 1980-81 quarter-final, with the Citizens winning 3-1 in a replay.
- Manchester City have won each of their last six meetings with Everton.
- Everton last reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 2015-16.
- Manchester City are looking to reach the FA Cup semi-final in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1931-32 to 1933-34.
Manchester City have a fairly decent historical record against Everton and have won 74 matches out of a total of 199 matches played between the two teams. Everton have managed 68 victories against Manchester City.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in the Premier League earlier this year and ended in a comfortable 3-1 victory for Manchester City. Everton were unable to trouble their opponents on the day and will need to put in a better effort on Saturday.
Manchester City have been exceptional over the past few weeks and will be intent on winning plenty of silverware this season. The Cityzens have excellent players in their ranks and will be confident ahead of this fixture.
Everton have suffered consecutive defeats in recent weeks and cannot afford another slip-up this weekend. Manchester City are the better team at the moment and should be able to win this game.
Our Prediction: Manchester City to win @ 1.32
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