Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Everton v Man City

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is backing Man City to ease past Everton in the Premier League on Saturday evening

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Mark Lawrenson is backing Manchester City to ease to a 2-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday evening.

The defending Premier League champions have endured a mixed start to the 2019-20 season despite collecting a staggering 98 points last term.

Manchester City were held to a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at The Etihad to lose ground on their title rivals Liverpool FC.

Promoted side Norwich City pulled off a shock thanks to a 3-2 victory over Manchester City at Carrow Road earlier this month.

The Citizens responded with a resounding 8-0 victory over Crystal Palace last weekend to put the pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The Eastlands outfit will face an out-of-sorts Everton team, who have lost three of their last four league games.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is tipping Manchester City to ease to a 2-0 win over Everton on Merseyside on Saturday evening.

“It is fair to say that the natives will be restless after seeing Everton beaten at Goodison Park by Sheffield United last week, and Manchester City will obviously offer an even tougher test,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“That could help them, because they will raise their game against City – but if they end up losing heavily, then Toffees boss Marco Silva is going to get some grief.

“Silva’s problem is that his side are neat and tidy and play some decent stuff on their day, but they do not seem able to put teams away.

“I look at Everton and wonder exactly what they are trying to do, and I think most of their supporters feel the same way.

“I can only see a City win here; they are just too good.

“Yes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin might cause them a few problems in the air and, defensively, they are going to be under more pressure than they were against Watford last week – but they should still be able to cope.”

Manchester City are five points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool FC after six games.

The Citizens will return to Champions League action next week with a home clash against Dinamo Zagreb at The Etihad.

Pep Guardiola is looking to steer Manchester City to their first-ever Champions League crown.

The Citizens have lost to Liverpool FC and Spurs at the quarter-final stage in the last two seasons.

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