Premier League: Mount on the mark…

The Premier League weekend starts with an interesting fixture at Goodison Park as Everton take on Chelsea.

The hosts are now under the stewardship of Duncan Ferguson after their hammering by local rivals Liverpool midweek proved the final game for beleaguered manager Marco Silva.

Ferguson has to turn around a side that has collected just seven points from their last 11 Premier League games and languish in the relegation zone.

Chelsea bounced back from successive league defeats to beat Aston Villa midweek, and have won an impressive five from seven away games. They will be confident of picking up three points today, particularly looking at how open the Everton defence was at Anfield.

Mason Mount broke a dry spell with the winner against Villa, and we’ll take him to score again, particularly given his propensity to shooting.

The late game is a potential cracker, the Manchester derby. The odds strongly favour Manchester City tonight, a reflection of how the balance of power in this city has swung over the last few years.

Manchester United will enter the game in a buoyant mood after their good win over Spurs midweek, and although they lost this corresponding fixture last year, that was their only defeat at the Etihad in the last four meetings.

That said, United have only won once away from home in their last 11 league games, and that was at Norwich! In addition, City know they have to keep on winning if they are to make inroads into their hefty points gap to Liverpool. This should be a home win.

We have been impressed with the way Kevin de Bruyne had stepped up into a leadership role during this tricky time from his side. We expect him to run the show again today, and look for him to be named man of the match at the end.


Everton/Chelsea: Mount to score anytime, 1 pt, at 3/1, BetFred

Manchester City/United: De Bruyne to win man of the match, 1 pt, at 6/1, William Hill

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