Everton v Birmingham – Toffees will build on City victory
While it hasn’t been the best season for David Moyes’ side, in terms of the calendar year, they’ve been in brilliant form.
Only five teams have picked up more points in 2010, and the Toffees continue to show fleeting glances of the form that lead to only Manchester United and Chelsea picking up more points than them in the second-half of last season.
Their win against Manchester City on Monday means they leapfrog Birmingham in the table and leave the Blues looking nervously over their shoulder at the relegation zone.
Everton will be confident of continuing their progress against a Birmingham side who have an absolutely abysmal away record. Alex McLeish’s men have won just one of their last 18 Premier League games on the road and that was against last season’s bottom side, Portsmouth.
There are further good omens for Moyes – Everton haven’t lost against Birmingham in their last ten meetings and the Toffees look good to make it 11 at Goodison this Boxing Day.
However, with only Jermain Beckford added to their attacking ranks over the summer, Everton have become overly reliant on the goals of Tim Cahill who has bagged nine already this season.
Despite their poor away record, Birmingham have only conceded twice in their last three games on the road. Everton should come out on top at 4/6, but it promises to be an extremely close affair. Back a 1-0 win for Everton at 6/1.
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