Defending champions Manchester City have not been doing as well this season as they did during their winning season last year. With only 1 win out of the 3 last Premier League matches they’ve played, the Citizens will need to tighten their defenses and step up their game, especially since Swansea City are only 3 points behind them in the Premier League table. Even though Manchester City’s form and performance has been less than stellar this time around, a majority of punters agree that Manchester City should be able to bag this home win without much effort because historically, the Citizens have won 11 out of 13 home games at the Etihad against Swansea City. Under the leadership of Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City has only lost 2 out of 24 matches on home ground and have won a whopping 20 out of 24 home matches at the Etihad.
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Both Everton and Swansea City share a rich and colourful history, having played plenty of matches against each other over the past years. The upcoming Week 10 match between the two promises to be exciting as well as entertaining, given that there is much at stake — currently, Swansea City sits just one spot above the Toffees on the Premier League table but if Everton manages to secure a win by the end of this match, it will allow them to knock their opponents out of the 6th spot.
Strikers on both sides are in top form — Everton’s ambitious hopes rests on the shoulders of Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto’o while the Swans have Wilfried Bony to lead the way. Even though the Swans have done well and are currently ranked 6th in the season, Everton is rapidly picking up pace in their efforts to scale the rankings of the Premier League table. Despite starting off the season on the wrong foot, the Toffees have been tightening up their defenses and had conceded only 4 goals in the last 4 Premier League matches they played. They have also won the last 2 matches played and will no doubt be looking to extend that winning streak in their match against the Swans.
While both teams are well matched this season, Everton will emerge victorious by the end of the match, if past matches are anything to go by. Firstly, Everton is known to favour smart play rather than aggressive play whereas Swansea City has historically taken the majority of the number of cards in past matches between the two. Secondly, Swansea seems to be struggling while on the road — they have not won any of their away matches whereas Everton’s form seems to be picking up steam. Additionally, renowned Everton’s goalkeeper Tim Howard will be a tough barrier for Swansea City to break through, especially not on the Toffees’ home ground.
Prediction: Everton wins 2-0