Charlie Nicholas predicts outcome of Everton v Man City

Charlie Nicholas explains why Everton can seize first-leg advantage against Man City at Goodison Park on Wednesday night

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Charlie Nicholas is backing Everton to beat Manchester City in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.

The Toffees played out a thrilling 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Merseyside in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon after Aaron Lennon’s opener was cancelled out by Dele Alli.

Everton have a good record at home against Man City, who I think will rest one or two and are really poor on the road

Charlie Nicholas

Manuel Pellegrini’s men showed plenty of resilience as the Citizens came from 1-0 down to secure a 2-1 victory over high-flying Watford on Saturday evening thanks to goals from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero.

Former Arsenal and Celtic playmaker Nicholas explained why he believes Roberto Martinez’s side can seize the advantage in the League Cup last-four clash at Goodison Park.

“Everton are not clinical enough up front or defensively for me and it’s costing them,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“Tom Cleverley has done well but I prefer James McCarthy in there and when he doesn’t play I think they suffer. They also over-pass, for me. They have to find a solution to their style of play and need to start grinding out wins.

“Having said that, Everton have a good record at home against Man City, who I think will rest one or two and are really poor on the road.

“Everton are safe and I think the majority of their supporters would want the chance to see their team play at Wembley in a major final.

“I’m not saying they can’t finish in the top four in the Premier League this season, of course they can, but it’s a game they should go for and try and win – and I have a sneaky feeling they will.”

The Citizens have won two of their last three trips to Goodison Park and are unbeaten in their last five games against the Toffees.

More: Nicholas: Why I’m surprised Liverpool are favourites to beat Stoke

Everton haven’t beaten City since a 2-0 win at Goodison Park in March 2013.

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