The Toffees have a good chance at three points at Goodison Park you imagine in this one. They recorded back to back wins for the first time this season just before the international break. They play host to Crystal Palace who are badly struggling in front of goal this season. Read our Everton v Crystal Palace betting tips for more.
Crystal Palace 10/3
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 15th, 2018 at 7:52 p.m.)
For the first time this season Everton have landed back to back wins, with successes over Fulham and Leicester before the international break. They get back to home soil this weekend where they have a W2 D1 L1 record, the loss there happening in a dreadful performance against West Ham back in the middle of September.
But they recovered well in their next home game to smash Fulham. Everton have scored at least two goals in five of their eight league games now, so things are starting to come together. Gylfi Sigurdsson has been a big part of that with three goals in his last two games. Richarlison was also back on the scoresheet last time out in their win at Leicester.
Everton have conceded in their last five home games against the Eagles in the top flight, but we are going against that and backing both teams NOT to score at 19/20 odds* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018) because of how poor Palace have been in front of goal.
Everton are four points better off than they were at this stage of last season’s campaign so they have made a step forward. Three of Everton’s four home games this season have ended over 2.5 goals, but again banking on the visitors not doing much, under the goal line could be the way to swing.
Palace are looking poor this season and with the goals not coming from Wilfried Zaha then there could be big trouble ahead for them. They have lost five of their last seven played now, picking up the four points in that sequence. Their two away wins which they have posted this season did happen away from home and were clean sheet victories too.
That was against Huddersfield and Fulham, two of the current bottom four in the league. Palace have failed to score in four of their eight games this season. Everton to win to nil is at 21/10 odds* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018).
Palace have only netted the five goals this season, with only Huddersfield and Cardiff having managed fewer. Of those five, Zaha has three of them, but he has failed to score in Palace’s last three games. All five of Palace’s goals this season have come away from Selhurst Park.
Of the goals which they have conceded on their travels this term, 75% of them have been shipped in the second half of matches. Heading back into action only Newcastle and Cardiff have lost more Premier League matches than Palace have done this season (5). Palace haven’t kept a clean sheet at Goodison Park since 1992.
Everton collected a good 3-1 home win over Palace in this corresponding fixture last season following a draw at Selhurst Park. That extended a good unbeaten streak they have over the Eagles. Everton are undefeated in their last seven league games against Palace, winning three of those. Everton have picked up a W1 D2 record in their last three Premier League home games against the Eagles. Four of the last six have ended under 2.5 goals.
Even though Everton’s defence hasn’t looked great, Palace look lightweight. We have to roll with a home win to nil for our Everton v Crystal Palace predictions. This is a big chance for the Toffees to drive home an advantage.
18th October 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Everton eased themselves to a good win last weekend as they tore Fulham apart at Goodison Park. That kept them holding steady in the middle of the table. Leicester have won four of their last six games and see to have plenty of goals in them this season and this could be a fairly evenly matched contest. Read our Leicester v Everton betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 2nd, 2018 at 8:23 p.m.)
The Foxes have back to back league wins under their belt and hold a W4 L3 record from their seven games played this season. The feature of their games has been them scoring very well and they are almost at an average of two per game. They have netted at least two goals in all but two matches this season. Immediately for this one, given the recent history between the two as well recently, over 2.5 goals is great value at 9/10 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 2:41 pm). Leicester’s home form reads W2 L1 so far.
While they have been scoring freely, they have struggled a bit at the back with only the two clean sheets. So both teams to score is a top option for Leicester v Everton betting tips and that is at 7/10 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 2:41 pm). Jamie Vardy has scored in each of his last two games and is naturally running at the head of both the Anytime and First goalscorer markets. Leicester have not conceded a second-half goal on home soil this season and this has the potential of being a fantastic, open and competitive game.
Everton haven’t quick clicked this season and after some attacking misfires, they did put things together last weekend to hammer Fulham 3-0 at Goodison Park. That was just the result they needed too as it snapped a four-match winless streak they were on. Everton are just W2 D3 L2 for the season so haven’t been consistent at all. Away from home, they are still looking for their first league win of the season, having collected two points only from their three games in draws out at Wolves and Bournemouth.
Both of those draws were 2-2 affairs. Everton have been pretty slack at the back this season and in the correct score market a Leicester 2-1 option does look great value at 9/1 odds* (betting odds taken on October 3rd, 2018 at 2:41 pm). The Toffees have conceded exactly two goals in each of their three away games this season so there is a small trend there. The Toffees were pretty dreadful away from home last season with just three wins and it’s not going great for them this time. Overall home and away Everton have just one clean sheet this season.
These two traded home wins last season and four of the last five Premier League meetings between them have actually produced a home win. There have been plenty of goals between these two recently with seven of the last nine all going over 2.5 goals. Leicester are unbeaten in their last nine league home games against the Toffees.
We are going to back the home win in our Leicester v Everton betting tips. The Everton defence hasn’t look so great this season that it could survive against what has been a pretty free-scoring Leicester side. Home win.
3rd October 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Toffees are misfiring up front and that has started to tell. They are slipping back down the table having lost their last two games and the pressure is starting to mount. Fulham are having much the same problems in not being able to put wins on the board. They start a point back of the Toffees. Read our Everton v Fulham betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 24th, 2018 at 11:52 p.m.)
The Toffees have suffered back to back defeats in the top flight now and they are winless in four. There is a clear issue with them at the moment and that is their forward line just isn’t firing. They created plenty of chances against Arsenal last weekend but still ended up with a blank in a 2-0 defeat. That clinical edge is missing and under Marco Silva, they are playing a pretty open, attractive game which is also leaving them exposed at the back. The Toffees are W1 D3 L2 for the season.
Their form on home soil is W1 D1 L1 for the season and they suffered a big 3-1 defeat in their last home game which was against West Ham. Richarlison easily looks their biggest threat going forward but it is Cenk Tosun who is the 11/8 anytime goalscorer favourite for this game. There were positives in their play against Arsenal, but they have to start those goals flowing. There are improvements needed at the back too because Everton don’t have a clean sheet yet this season. Both teams to score is at 4/7 odds* (betting odds taken on September 25th, 2018 at 5:10 pm).
The Cottagers are pretty much in the same boat as Everton. There is a decent amount of promise there but the wins have been hard to come by. They are on a W1 D2 L3 record form their six games played. They play some very attractive football and they are just looking for a bit more consistency and clinical finishing. Their away form reads W1 L2 this season. Last weekend they hosted Watford and got a decent p0int under their belt through a late equaliser from Alexander Mitrovici who has been going well for them. He is at 4/7 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on September 25th, 2018 at 5:10 pm). They have scored in two of their away games so that should give them some hope here against a leaky Everton defence. This could end up being a pretty evenly matched contest at Goodison Park. Four of Fulham’s games this season have gone above 2.5 goals and this one is at 3/5 odds to go the same way* (betting odds taken on September 25th, 2018 at 5:10 pm).
These two last met back in the 2013/14 Premier League season with Everton banking back to back convincing league wins. That was after Fulham had beaten them at Craven Cottage in the League Cup. Everton have a pretty strong record against the Cottagers having lost just one of their last eleven games against them. Everton are on an eleven match winning streak at home against the Cottagers.
Both sides really need this one but because Fulham haven’t been delivering away from home, then the only reasonable option is to look at a home win. This could actually be an entertaining game between two evenly matched sides, but the Toffees can edge it.
27th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Arsenal have started to settle themselves down with three straight Premier League wins under their belt. They still haven’t quite gotten things together at the back though. Everton’s unbeaten run of form from the start of the season came crashing down last weekend as they were surprisingly beaten at Goodison Park by West Ham. Read our Arsenal v Everton betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 20th, 2018 at 3:53 p.m.)
After losing their opening two games of the season, Arsenal have steadied the ship to some degree with three straight league wins. They have taken out West Ham, Cardiff, and Newcastle which arguably aren’t the toughest of opponents that they will face. They are still waiting for their first clean sheet of the season and because of that the obvious option is both teams to score at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:45 pm). This could be a really open game with neither of these defences going well.
Arsenal lost their opening home game of the season against Manchester City and then took down West Ham 3-1 in their second home game. They did have European action on Thursday night so now they have to deal with that balance. But they have scored at least two goals in each of their last four games on the domestic front and over 3.5 goals may be worth having a look at. They are still waiting for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to catch fire for the season and he is at 12/5 odds in the first goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:45 pm). He has just the one goal for the season. The Gunners have scored at least three goals in each of their last three games against Everton.
Everton were steady more than anything under Marco Silva for their season start, posting a W1 D3 record across their first four games. They beat Southampton in that sequence and threw away leads against Wolves and Bournemouth as well. They got their first taste of defeat when they’re taken down 3-1 by West Ham at Goodison Park last weekend which will have been a tremendously disappointing result for them. So they are stuck on just the one win for the season and out on the road they have drawn their two games so far, both of them by a 2-2 scoreline.
As we see Arsenal coming out on top and Arsenal 3-1 correct score is at 11/1 odds* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:45 pm). Everton had a poor time of things out on the road last season in the top flight, winning just three times. They have taken just the one win in their last five away games in the top flight now. Richarlison is back after his suspension and they need him to start picking up things again in front of goal and he isn’t a bad 10/3 odds option in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on September 20th, 2018 at 4:45 pm).
Arsenal enjoyed two big successes against Everton last season as they scored exactly five goals in both wins over the Toffees. Arsenal are on a three-match winning streak against Everton in the Premier League and they have lost just one of their last eight against the Toffees (W6 D1). Arsenal are on a four-match winning streak at home in the top flight against Everton and both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings.
Neither side have looked particularly strong at the back but Arsenal appear to have more about them as an attacking force and because of that, we are backing an Arsenal to win & both teams to score option for our betting tip on the game.
20th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Everton are one of the few undefeated teams left in the top flight this season returning to action after the international break. They will be keen to keep things that way as they get a home game against West Ham on the weekend. The Hammers are stuck without a point on the bottom of the pile. How badly they need a win on the board to try and get some momentum going. Read our Everton v West Ham betting tips for more.
Everton even money
West Ham 5/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 13th, 2018 at 8:16 p.m.)
Steady stuff it has been from Everton this season in the Premier League with a W1 D3 record. They have thrown points away though in their away games. At home so far this season they posted a win against Southampton and then had to fight back to get a 1-1 draw on the board against Huddersfield. So it hasn’t all quite clicked under new boss Marco Silva, but they do have some positives in place like Richarlison who unfortunately for them, has to sit this out. It is final match of a three-match suspension. In the correct score market for the game and Everton 1-0 is at 8/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on September 13th, 2018 at 8:16 p.m.).
There has not been a clean sheet from them yet this season and we are going to look at both teams to score at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 13th, 2018 at 8:16 p.m.). The Toffees have good form as they lost just one of their last ten Premier League home games. They have home form against West Ham too having scored at least two goals in all but two of their last ten at Goodison Park against them. Everton are also undefeated in eleven of their last dozen Premier League home against the Irons.
A four-match losing streak for the start of the season was not expected from the Hammers. But that is where Manuel Pellegrini’s men are at. The Hammers have already conceded ten goals across their four games, with no clean sheets. So they are going to be under pressure here for now because of their weak defence. Over 2.5 goals on the game is at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 13th, 2018 at 8:16 p.m.). Both of West Ham’s away games this season have gone over the goal line. The Hammers have conceded a total of seven goals in their two road games so far.
They have some injury problems in the squad and they are clearly still looking to find their right balance and formation under Pellegrini. West Ham are currently three points worse of than they were at this stage of last season’s poor campaign. West Ham have only come up with the two goals in the Premier League this season and both of their goals were in the first half of matches. Seven of their ten goals conceded have happened in the second half of games. West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic is their shortest priced option in the anytime goalscorer market at 15/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 13th, 2018 at 8:16 p.m.).
There was a home win for each in last season’s Premier League meetings and three of the last four meetings have ended in a home win (D1). Things are even with two wins each and two draws between them in their last six top-flight classes. Everton have won their last two at Goodison Park against the Hammers to nil.
At some point, the fortunes of West Ham are going to change but we don’t see a win happening for them at Goodison Park. Everton have been persistent and hard to beat and we are going to back them for a home win in our Everton v West Ham betting tips.
15th September 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Toffees have made an unbeaten start to the season with five points on the board. However, their defence has been pretty leaky, something that new boss Marco Silva need to get to work on. Still, they are scoring so that’s plastering over the cracks. They surely have winnable match at home against the struggling Terriers to come. Read our Everton v Huddersfield betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
The Toffees have a W1 D2 record for the season and their defence has been their big let down so far. Both drawn matches that they have picked up were 2-2 draws against Wolves and Bournemouth and with their 2-1 home success over Southampton squeezed in here, all three of their games have made it above the 2.5 goal line.
However, for this one, we are going to shoot under 2.5 goals for 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.) because we can see the Toffees actually keeping the Terriers off the scoresheet. That’s a gamble because of how many goals Everton have conceded, but they aren’t likely to come under too much threat from the visitors on the weekend.
Cenk Tosun is the 4/1 first goalscorer favourite for this game* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.) as he looks to open his account for the campaign. Half of Everton’s goals this season have been scored by Richarlison who was sent off against Bournemouth last weekend. That’s two red cards for the Toffees already this season.
Everton’s lone home game so far this season in the top flight produced that 2-1 success over Southampton and the Toffees have scored the opening goal in each of their games this season. An Everton/Everton half-time/ full-time option makes for a very good betting tip. That is a 11/8 odds option* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.).
It has been a poor start from Huddersfield. Granted they had to face Chelsea and Man City in their opening two games and defeats in both can be forgiven. However at home last weekend against the newly-promoted Cardiff, the Terriers had a chance to get themselves up and running. But they failed as they only managed a 0-0 draw against the Bluebirds. That leaves Huddersfield with just the one goal scored this season, but as a positive, that was their first clean sheet of the season.
It is a seven-match winless streak that Huddersfield are on in the top flight at the moment and they have failed to score in five of those seven. It does mean that both teams NOT to score looks something of a sound bet in this one at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.). The Terriers were poor on the road last season, winning just three times (D5 L11) and they didn’t get a win against anyone who ended up in the top half of the table on the road. The Terriers scored only 12 away goals last season and already they look to be under immense pressure.
Everton landed back to back 2-0 wins over Huddersfield last season in the top flight. That was their first games since a 2010 Carling Cup meetings. Looking back and a long way at that, Everton are undefeated in nine games against the Terriers and they are on a three-match winning streak at home against them.
Everton should be strong enough to close out the game in this one. Huddersfield are not much of an attacking threat. For our betting tips for the game, we have to side with Everton getting the win and with their first clean sheet of the season as well. Everton to win to nil. Another 2-0 repeat scoreline in their favour appeals too.
30th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Cherries have come racing out of the gates having posted back to back wins to start the league season with. They will be hoping for more as they play host to Everton on the weekend. This could well be a great open game between two sides who like to attack. The Toffees got their first win of the season on the board as they edged Southampton at Goodison Park last weekend. Read our Bournemouth v Everton betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.)
The Cherries have made a hugely positive start with back to back wins over Cardiff and West Ham. They will be keen to keep that positive momentum going. Callum Wilson has struck a goal in each of their games so far this season and he is at 7/5 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.) and that kicks off our Bournemouth v Everton betting tips. The Cherries have been on the front foot well so far and they won’t have too much to fear in facing the Everton defence in front of them. Bournemouth overall, carrying on from last season, have won their last four Premier League matches on the bounce.
There is a trend of under 2.5 goals having been scored in Bournemouth’s last three league home games, but the way they have started we are going over 2.5 goals at 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.). The Cherries have scored at least two goals in each of their three league matches. Jefferson Lerma, their club-record signing could get a start his weekend, while Diego Rico is going to serve out the last game of his three-match suspension. Bournemouth posted a W7 D5 L7 record on home soil last season in the top flight and lost just one home game against the sides who finished lower than seventh in last season’s top flight.
It has been a positive start for Everton under Marco Silva but they still look a work in progress so far. They had a real battle to hold out to a 2-2 draw at Wolves on the opening weekend of the season and then they played out a 2-1 home win over Southampton last weekend in their first home game of the season. With no clean sheet for them, surprisingly not managing to blank the Saints, we are backing both teams to score at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.) in our Bournemouth v Everton betting tips. Everton’s away form in the top flight isn’t great as the Toffees have won just three of their last 28 road games in the Premier League.
They will be missing Phil Jagielka who is still suspended, while Morgan Schneiderlin is a doubt. Their summer signings Andre Gomes and Bernard could get to the bench after their late summer signing. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Everton’s last three games and their best player by a distance this season has been Richarlison who is a 12/5 anytime goalscorer option for them* (Betting Odds were taken from August 21st, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.). All of the pieces of Marco Silva’s puzzle just aren’t in place yet and while that is the case then they are going to still be a little vulnerable. They will get a good work out down on the south coast.
The Cherries won this corresponding fixture 2-1 last season which was after losing by that scoreline at Goodison Park. In the last, four Premier League meetings thins are even with two wins each and each of those victories were home wins. Four of the last five meetings between Bournemouth and Everton in the top flight have gone over 2.5 goals, three of them ending is a 2-1 win for the home side.
This has the making of being a good contest between two evenly matched teams. However, because there has been a trend of home wins between the two of them in recent meetings, we are going to back that to follow on and take the Cherries for three points in our Bournemouth v Everton betting tips.
25th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Toffees battled out a point against the newly promoted Wolves on the opening weekend of the season. That was out on the road so they will get their first taste of action at Goodison Park in this one. They will be taking on a Southampton side who also drew their opening game of the season, a somewhat predictable 0-0 draw against Burnley. Read our Everton v Southampton betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.)
It was just a point for Everton out at Wolves last weekend in an exciting 2-2 draw. They had Phil Jagielka sent off in the game so they are forced into a chance at the back. Richarlison, who got both of Everton’s goals in the game picked up a calf injury so is a bit of a doubt for this one. The Toffees have made a lot of changes over the summer under new manager Marco Silva and it’s going to take time for it all to come together. Everton striker Cenk Tosun is the 8/5 anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.) and does look as if he could have a profitable season for the Toffees.
Everton picked up a fairly decent home record last season of W10 D4 L5 and while they never recorded a home win against any of the seven sides who finished above them, they posted a W10 D2 record in their home games against the dozen sides who finished beneath them. Everton are undefeated in their last 12 home games against the Saints in all competitions and as there have been under 2.5 goals in each of Everton’s last three Premier League home games, we are going to look at the trend continuing. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.).
The Saints could only manage a home draw against Burnley last weekend, which was really no great shock. We can see Southampton once against struggling for goals and both teams not to score at bet365 is at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.). Southampton had a miserable time of things on the road last season, posting just the three wins away from St Marys (D8 L8). Along with a clean sheet in just 26% of their away games, they averaged just 0.9 goals per away game. Not enough was done over the summer to really change their output, although Mohamed Elyounoussi did have a decent debut against Burnley off the bench.
The Saints didn’t have a bad game at the back with Alex McCarthy between the sticks last weekend, but that was against a somewhat limited Burnley attack. So that really has to be taken into context. There will just be doubts about their ability to do enough pushing forward. In the bet365 correct score market an Everton 1-0 is right there at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 16th, 2018 at 4:13 p.m.) heading up the market.
There was a 1-1 draw between these two at Goodison Park last season and that was after Southampton have picked up a resounding home win against the Toffees. Three of the four meetings between the two sides in the top flight have ended in a home win. In the last six league meetings, things are even with two wins each and the two drawn matches. Both draws in that sequence were 1-1 ties.
We can really only expect more of the same from these two really and we are going to stick with the draw outcome to happen. Everton are on a long unbeaten run of home form against the Saints but are going to take time to settle under Silva and with all the new players. We are backing the Saints to get a point.
16th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
It was a stunning season from Wolves in the Championship last season and everyone is waiting to see just what they can do up in the top flight. On paper, they should be able to enjoy a really positive season and thrive instead of survive. Everton have been spending over the summer but they still look a little bit short-handed at the back.
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.)
Wolves produced such a tremendous season in the Championship last season collecting 99 points. It will be so interesting to see just what kind of return they can have up in the Premier League and it does look as if they have the squad in place to handle themselves well. Wolves haven’t been shy about dipping into the transfer market either and they have made some very good signings like keeper Rui Patrício, Diogo Jota and João Moutinho. They set a club record with the signing of Spain winder Adama Traore just before the deadline too.
That just really shows the ambitions of the club and there is every chance that they can come out strong at home and get something out of the game. A Wolves 2-1 correct score is at 9/1 odds in the bet365 correct score market* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.) and appeals well for our Everton v Wolves betting tips. They certainly have the attacking players in there to make a huge impression with Raul Jimenez the leading goalscorer opinion after the club picked up the Mexican on a loan deal. He could be a steal for them.
Everton had some real problems away from home in the top flight last season where they posted a W3 D6 L10 record on their travels. They didn’t get a single win against any of the top nine away from home last term and scored just the 16 goals in their 19 away games. Everton have had a bit of a clear out at the back over the summer and they could be a little short-handed there. They picked up a big signing in Richarlison over the summer from Watford and brought in France defender Lucas Digne who may not be ready for this one.
If their pre-season is anything to go by, posing a W1 D1 L5 record across their matches and failing to score in three of their last five, there could be a difficult transition ahead for boss Marco Silva to get them going. It is going to be some important for them to get Cenk Tosun firing those goals in as they look light up front. Still, this is early season and we are going to back both teams to score at 19/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.) because they will be taking on a Wolves side who can be a bit cavalier in their approach.
This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since the 2011/12 Premier League season. Everton came out on top with four points from those meetings. There have been eight previous Premier League contest between them and from them, Everton are W3 D4 L1 against Wolves and are unbeaten in their three visits toMolineaux.
We have to take a look at Wolves coming out on top in this contest just because they are on home soil on the opening weekend, so with the crowd behind them, they should go tearing into Everton. The Toffees weren’t all that great out on the road last season and Marco Silva may need time to get things going. Home win.
9th August 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
What a strange twelve months Everton have had. Last summer they were brimming with optimism after a big spending spree by the club looked ready to launch the club forward. They were under the charge of Ronald Koeman but that only last until October. Former player David Unsworth was put in temporary charge and he tried to get the job on a permanent basis. That didn’t happen. The man Everton wanted was Watford’s Marco Silva, but they couldn’t land him at the time and strangely panicked in getting in Sam Allardyce as a stop gap. It was hard to understand the thinking behind that at the time.
Allardyce brought his pragmatic, unexciting style of football to Goodison Park and he got the push at the end of the season. Finally, the Toffees got Silva, the man they wanted all along and now they have him, they are going to have to hope that everything comes together under him. Everton spent a lot of cash last season and it didn’t really work out that well. But they have a big squad and are likely going to have sell off some players in order to get new faces in. It’s that or Silva has to trust some of the younger players like Ademola Lookman. They did ship off Davy Klaassen to Werder Bremen and then splashed out big on Richarlison.
Brazilian Richardson made the £50 million move from Watford to rejoin Marco Silva and that is the injection of pace and creativity that Everton are looking for. But that doesn’t appear to be enough overall because they need something special up front which they just don’t have there. They will be relying heavily on the creativity of Gylfi Sigurdsson for that spark of magic as well. So there are certainly some issues at the club which need sorting out. The Toffees have moved out Ramiro Funes Mori, Wayne Rooney and Joel Robles. Chelsea are reportedly on the hunt for Jordan Pickford.
West Ham 5/4
* (betting odds taken on July 28th, 2018 at 11:28 pm)
To his credit, Allardyce got Everton into eighth place last season, but there were issues. Only Burnley scored fewer goals of the top nine finishers than Everton did. That was a combination of the Allardyce tactics and a lack of striking power that was at the club. But they get a summer shake-up and will approach this all from a fresh perspective and they will certainly be more creative under Silva.
Nothing less than a top-ten finish would suffice probably to keep the Goodison Park faithful happy. If you think about it, there is tremendous pressure on Silva to do a job here after the club pushed so hard to get him. The Toffees are at 7/2 odds to land a top-six finish* (betting odds taken on July 28th, 2018 at 11:28 pm).
The Toffees start their season with a tough away game at the newly promoted Wolves. That will be a tricky game for them and the Toffees are actually the 11/5 odds underdog* (betting odds taken on July 28th, 2018 at 11:28 pm) to pick up three points, which says a lot about the strengths that Wolves are bringing up to the top flight with them.
Immediately following that the Toffees have manageable games against Southampton, Bournemouth, Huddersfield and West Ham before going into their first game a top six side which is Arsenal in mid-September. In their final eight games of the season, they do go against Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd and Tottenham in a mixed bag of fortunes for them.
Everton should get themselves another top ten finish. It looks as if they will have a clear out over the summer and get a better balance into the squad. A little tweak here and there, notably in the attacking ranks and they should be just fine. We are on board with that at the 1/3 odds* (betting odds taken on July 28th, 2018 at 11:28 pm) but they are not likely to do enough to get themselves up into the top six. It has been a chaotic twelve months for the Merseysiders but they have a good opportunity, with a good manager to actually settle themselves down a bit.
31st July 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting