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September 11th, 2013 / Matt - Category:
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Everton V Chelsea
Saturday 14 September, 2013 – 17:30 GMT Kick-Off
LIVE on Sky Sports 1
Just three teams are left searching for their first league win of the new season, with one of those being an Everton side which has displayed a great deal of enterprise as well as promise in their opening three matches without reaping their just rewards. Perhaps that will change on Saturday, when Roberto Martinez and his attack-minded charges welcome Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea to Merseyside for the tea-time clash at Goodison Park.
Then again, perhaps not. The bookmakers seem to think Chelsea are primed for their third Premier League victory of the campaign and make them 11/8 favourites (BetVictor), with Everton a 5/2 (Ladbrokes) shot to upset the odds. The draw, meanwhile, is widely available at 12/5 although there hasn’t been a stalemate in this fixture for the past four seasons.
Goodison Park a fixture fortress
It’s one of the oldest, most iconic grounds in the Premier League and for Everton, in this precise fixture at least, it has served as a fortress. Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Goodison Park last season – mirroring the same scoreline they managed in the reverse encounter in London – was their first victory away from home over the Toffees in the Premier League for almost five years. In fact, between the 2009/10 and 2011/12 seasons, Chelsea fell to three successive league defeats on Merseyside.
So if recent history counts for anything, this will be anything but straightforward for the travelling side. They are, though, the in-form side of the two – while they’ve not exactly excelled in the early stages of Jose Mourinho’s second tenure in charge, seven points from a possible nine is a more than respectable tally. Throw in an extremely harsh and agonising defeat to Bayern Munich on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup and the West Londoners bring with them some very solid form into an historically problematic fixture.
By contrast, Everton find themselves languishing in the lower reaches of the league following a succession of draws. They do remain unbeaten, though, having kept two clean sheets and conceded just two goals, plus they’re a team of strong characters. Despite a string of missed chances in each of their first three matches, some of them glorious, as well as several very good claims for penalties, Roberto Martinez’s men have shown an enormous amount of endeavour in their search for the missing goals that have, so far, cost them elusive victories and left them ruing underwhelming draws.
The acquisition of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea on a season-long loan should remedy their goalscoring issues, but in the short term – with the powerful Belgian forward unable to face his parent club at the weekend – the Toffees will need to persevere with their current formula of creating chances aplenty and simply hoping that something sticks for a change. It’s not a sure-fire plan, but it is all they can do at the minute while their forwards continue to misfire.
Bank on Everton’s perseverance and Chelsea’s quality to produce goals
It’s a risky game banking on Everton eventually converting the plethora of opportunities they do manage to create into goals, but having watched the likes of Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman excel from full-back, along with Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas wreaking havoc from the wings, I’m sticking with the assessment I made prior to Everton’s goalless draw away to Cardiff (a game they created enough chances to win and even had one or two big claims for penalties) that sooner rather than later the Everton chief creators will see their efforts in attack rewarded with goals.
No team has had more goal attempts than Everton, who have had twice as many than a Chelsea side who have plundered double the number of goals the Merseysiders have. It’s proof that acquiring some of the best attackers in the game for a princely price does pay dividends, as Chelsea have been far more clinical in the early stages. However, Chelsea have enjoyed their fair share of good fortune this season whereas Everton have had very little rub of the green.
For me, a Chelsea defence that has also kept two clean sheets from their opening three fixtures hasn’t truly been tested. Which is surprising for a team that, for some reason, do allow the opposition enough of the ball – and that, for me, is a dangerous ploy against sides who know how to utilise it to good effect. Everton certainly do, clearly. Converting that into goals, less so. So a tentative vote has to go Chelsea’s way, for the simple reason that they boast a greater goal-potential in attack – but I do believe Everton will push them.
You’d back Chelsea’s star-studded offence to score in most games this season, and that is no different on Saturday. Everton were rarely troubled in their previous two league fixtures, in goalless draws at home to West Brom and away to Cardiff, but will have their work cut out containing the like of Frank Lampard, Juan Mata (who should start for once with Oscar racking up the air miles with Brazil), Eden Hazard and one of either Fernando Torres or Samuel Eto.
However Everton, if they continue in the same creative vein which has seen them carve out so many gilt-edged chances already this season, should comply themselves. Nikica Jelavic could be in the last chance saloon following the arrival of Lukaku, so the Croatian – without a goal, either for club or country, in his previous 14 appearances – should, in principle, have a point to prove; while Kevin Mirallas returns from international duty in confident mood after his sublime strike for Belgium against Scotland.
It’s 4/5 both teams notch in the tea-time kick-off and I really fancy the prospects of such a bet.
Recommended Bet: Both Teams to Score @ 4/5, Bet365
August 29th, 2013 / Matt - Category:
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Cardiff City V Everton
Saturday 31 August, 2013 – Kick-Off: 15:00 GMT
It is likely to be some atmosphere in Wales this weekend. Cardiff, on the back of their sensational result last weekend when they claimed the mammoth scalp of big-spending Man City, will welcome an Everton side still without a win in this season’s league campaign to the Cardiff City Stadium – and it goes without saying that there will probably be an air of expectancy around the ground now prior to kick-off.
Bookmakers had Malky Mackay’s men priced at around the 8/1 mark for an unlikely maiden Premier League win at home to Man City last week. That price will have rocketed upwards shortly after half-time as soon as Edin Dzeko fired the visitors into a 1-0 lead. So it truly was a monumental achievement to escape from what was a formidable-looking fixture as 3-2 victors, defying all odds it seems. However, I for one am not getting overzealous.
Credit to a cautious Cardiff
Straight to it then. There were several aspects about Cardiff’s performance last week which alarm me ahead of another testing encounter, this time with Everton. I’ll begin with their overly cautious approach initially, which was all too similar to their opening 90 minutes in the Premier League at Upton Park on the opening day of the season in which they merely rolled over in a bitterly disappointing 2-0 loss.
The Bluebirds failed to create a single chance of note away to West Ham on the opening day, opting for men behind the ball, an approach they mirrored for the first 45 minutes of last week’s contest. I won’t deny that it didn’t work, as Man City created very little until Dzeko took aim from the best part of 25-yards. It wasn’t until they went a goal down that Cardiff threw caution to the wind and ditched their offensive inhibitions.
Cardiff’s very first Premier League goal was very well worked actually, with Fraizer Campbell bringing a decent save from Joe Hart initially, with Aron Gunnarsson capitalising on the rebound. Although, it was to be their only goal from open-play. Some truly haphazard Man City defending from two corners allowed one of the smallest players on the pitch in Fraizer Campbell to head home on two separate occasions and put the home side into an unassailable 3-1 lead.
Credit to Cardiff for putting numbers in the box for both corners. And you have to credit the goalscorer on the both occasions for his tenacity. However, we shouldn’t disregard a few important factors. Like the fact Man City were without the hugely influential presence of captain Vincent Kompany in the heart of defence. Moreover, Manuel Pellegrini has seemingly adopted a man-marking style of defending set-plays, as opposed to the zonal system the players were so familiar with under the previous regime.
Those same spaces, and uncertainties within the ranks, simply won’t be evident against Everton, or at least they shouldn’t be. This is an Everton side boasting an abundance of height and are a side not known for their set-play vulnerabilities. So Cardiff will have to get creative on Saturday. Which I’m not sure bodes well on the evidence of what I’ve seen so far.
Perhaps I’m not giving Cardiff the credit they truly deserve? Perhaps. And it is possible that their scalp of a star-studded Man City team will provide them with a platform now to really push on and play with some new-found vigor and confidence. It’s very much possible. The fans will be buzzing, that’s for sure. Even so, I can’t help but think Everton will have their number.
And speaking of numbers; Everton have had twice as many attempts at goal than Cardiff (42 V 21), with 26 of those arriving inside the box compared with Cardiff’s 10.So creativity, evidently, isn’t a problem area for an Everton side that can consider themselves more than a little unfortunate to only have a couple points on the board.
Where Man City went wrong was with their lack of penetration; Jesus Navas was brought in to provide serious width with his blistering pace, but he was so ineffective that he was replaced at half-time. As a result, Pellegrini’s men were forced to play through the middle, which was all too easy for a well-drilled Cardiff defence. Only Dzeko’s speculative effort denied them what seemed like an inevitable clean sheet at the time, even with the best part of 30 minutes still to play.
Everton shouldn’t encounter the same resistance, not with their formidable wide pairings. Kevin Mirallas has looked a livewire in his new position out on the right-wing of a front-three without really producing the goods in terms of goals and assists, but that appears only a matter of time. The key to unlocking a stubborn Cardiff rearguard, however, could rest in the Toffee’s formidable full-back pairing of Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman. The duo lead the way in chances created for defenders (5 and 3 respectively), and their desire to overlap and link-up with the attackers should lead to chances aplenty once more.
The worry for Everton backers, like myself, is the absence of a confident hitman up top. Neither Jelavic nor Kone has excelled so far, so the goals may well have to arrive from other avenues, as was the case at Norwich on the opening weekend when goals from Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman were unfortunately not enough to reward the team with what would have been a thoroughly deserved victory at Carrow Road.
Of course, there is only one set of numbers that truly matters in this sport and that’s points amassed. Cardiff lead the way here with 3 to Everton’s 2, but Roberto Martinez must surely be closing in on his first league win as Everton boss. His enterprising team have shown so much potential in the final third in the opening two games to have me believing that so long as their defence isn’t as generous as Man City’s – and there have been no indications that it will be, then the Cardiff City Stadium could be braced for another first: a Roberto Martinez victory as Everton manager.
Betting Tip: Everton to WIN @ 13/10 with BetVictor
October 28th, 2012 / Matt - Category:
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Everton V Liverpool
Sunday, 28 October 2012 – Kick-Off: 13:30 GMT
Live on Sky Sports HD2
A Merseyside Derby with a difference? That’s because Everton find themselves in the unfamiliar position of being above their local rivals in the league table – a whole six-points clear in fact – heading into Sunday’s so called ‘Friendly Derby’ at Goodison Park. So will there be a gulf between the two sides, as the league table would suggest, or will the Reds maintain their impressive recent record in this fixture?
They tend to say form goes straight out the window when neighbouring clubs clash on a football pitch, but even if that was the case we would be no better off to correctly predicting the outcome of what is normally a fiery encounter between these two teams.
No fixture in the history of the Premier League has produced more red cards than this one, between the Blue and Red of Merseyside, with Jack Rodwell’s dismissal in last season’s Goodison Park affair the twentieth to date. Meanwhile, Liverpool have tasted defeat on just the one occasion in the previous eleven league meetings, claiming victory seven times. Last season saw them claim the spoils in both league encounters – 3-0 at Anfield and 2-0 at Goodison – yet it was their 2-1 triumph in the semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley which brought more satisfaction to the Red faction, with Luis Suarez on target at both Goodison and Wembley.
Nonetheless it is now no defeat in five (W2 D3) for the home side, Everton, in the league following last week’s pleasing 1-1 draw away at QPR. The Toffees were never really at the races that day, so the point was considered a decent return under the circumstances. At the very worst it kept them above Tottenham in fourth, and within striking distance of the two Manchester clubs, with David Moyes’ men currently enjoying their most consistent start to a season – having taken 15 points from a possible 24 – since registering 16 points at this same stage of the 2004-05 term, when the club last finished in the dizzy heights of the top-four.
The form of Phil Jagielka in the heart of the Everton back-four has been instrumental in the team’s strong start, as has the attacking displays from Leighton Baines, Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellani, Kevin Miralles and Nikica Jelavic – which makes the loss of two of the aforementioned star performers monumental for manager David Moyes, who is without the suspended Pienaar and may also be shorn of the unique bustling services that Fellani offers.
Combating the impressive early displays from Baines & Company, however, will be a Liverpool side who, for the first time this season, appear to be in good knick. The Reds endured a miserable start to the campaign, failing to win any of their opening five league fixtures, but have now embarked on a run of three games unbeaten which includes routine wins over Norwich (2-5) and Reading (1-0) either side of a goalless home draw with Stoke.
Then, on Thursday night, at home to Russian league leaders Anzhi in the Europa League, Stewart Downing’s stunning strike ensured Liverpool warmed up for Sunday with their second successive 1-0 victory. Granted it was another unspectacular triumph, with goals still hard to come by, but the performance in general was very encouraging – although you would expect nothing less from what was a surprisingly strong starting-XI named by Brendan Rodgers; Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Andre Wisdom, Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard were among the big names to play the full 90 minutes, while Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen featured as second-half substitutes.
While it wasn’t necessarily a testing encounter, you do have to wonder just how much energy Thursday’s European outing has absorbed from the legs of Liverpool’s integral performers. Those whose displays at Goodison are imperative to the team recording a positive result on Sunday. Steven Gerrard in particular, the Reds skipper who is no longer a spring chicken, certainly not after the amount of injuries he has had in recent times. It matters not now though, as there is no chance of Gerrard not featuring from the off here. Although Jonjo Shelvey is in contention after serving his three-match suspension. Pepe Reina, on the other hand, remains a doubt.
Despite the team still struggling for goals, with Liverpool plundering five goals fewer than their opponents, Luis Suarez has been in superb form all season and is unsurprisingly, considering the amount of chances that fall his way, the club’s leading marksmen with five league goals for the term. That is one more than Everton goal-getter Nikica Jelavic, and the goalscoring exploits of both could be key here in determining which half of Merseyside lays claim to bragging rights until the Anfield renewal in May next year.
- Having accrued 15 points from their opening nine league matches, this is Everton’s second-strongest start to a Premier League campaign with the Toffees currently occupying fourth position – the final Champions League berth.
- Everton have only been beaten once in their last 17 games at Goodison Park in all competitions, while in the Premier League they are currently unbeaten in six having claimed victory in five of those – including a hard-fought 1-0 triumph over Man Utd at the very beginning of this season.
- Just two wins from their first eight league matches (W2 D3 L3) means Liverpool reside in lowly 12th ahead of this fixture, although they are now unbeaten in their last three following victories over Reading (1-0) and Norwich (2-5) either side of a goalless home draw with Stoke.
- Liverpool have tasted defeated on just one occasion in the previous eleven Merseyside derbies (W7 D3 L1), completing the league double over their local rivals last season without so much as conceding a goal. They were 3-0 victors at Anfield and 2-0 winners at Goodison.
- This fixture has produced more red cards than any other in Premier League history, with Jack Rodwell’s dismissal in last season’s Goodison Park encounter taking the tally to 20.
This is one of the toughest Merseyside derbies to call that I can remember. Liverpool’s recent record in this fixture is so impressive that it merits a tonne of respect, but so does Everton’s early-season form.
The Blues have been tremendous thus far, with only a few blips in terms of off-colour performances. Neither of those occurred at Goodison, mind, where David Moyes’ side have been beaten just once in seventeen games in all competitions and will, in my opinion, take all the beating on Sunday. A lot, however, will depend on Fellani’s fitness; the Belgian has been a thorn in every defence he has gone up against so far, including that of Manchester United in which he headed home the winner.
My main concern with Liverpool is their apparent lack of goals. Creating chances certainly isn’t the problem, but they have a huge one when it comes to converting them. Luis Suarez doesn’t play as an out-an-out forward, which suits him perfectly, but that means fewer bodies in the box and therefore less threat in front of goal which inevitably leads to fewer goals. So until the midfield pluck up the courage and get forward a whole lot more, it is difficult to back the Reds in such a tough fixture. They are, however, beginning to score more regularly, but not in the quantities you would like.
It’s hard not to sit on the fence with this one and back a draw, as there are enough ifs and buts to have concerns over both sides’ claims. I am, however, perhaps part of the small minority who seem to think this contest could surprise a few with regards to entertainment. Both teams will recognise the importance of this fixture: victory would be massive for either side, but for Everton it would consolidate their position inside the top-four while for Liverpool it would maintain their winning momentum, having won twice in the past week, and see them potentially climb into the top half of the league. Neither will be contemplating defeat.
Furthermore, tired legs could be a significant factor late on for the visitors meaning Brendan Rodgers will demand an energetic opening from his Liverpool charges. An early goal, from either side, and this game will explode into life. It normally takes a no-holds-barred challenge to do so, but a goal will certainly suffice in this respect.
Draw @ 23/10 (BetVictor)
Both Teams to Score @ 7/10 (BetVictor)
Liverpool/Draw (HT/FT Betting) @ 14/1 (Bet365)
September 27th, 2012 / Matt - Category:
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Everton V Southampton
Saturday, 29 September 2012 – Kick-Off: 15:00 GMT
English Premier League
An imperious Everton sit third in the Premier League after an uncharacteristically impressive start to the campaign which has seen David Moyes’ side rack up three victories from their first five assignments. And with the teams above them facing problematic fixtures this coming weekend (Chelsea go to Arsenal while Man Utd host Tottenham), there is even a possibility of the Toffees finishing the weekend top of the pile – although visiting Southampton, who should arrive on Merseyside in buoyant mood after finally clinching their first win of the term with a thumping 4-1 victory at home to Aston Villa last weekend, may well trouble the odds-on favourites.
Indeed, Nigel Adkins’ Saints have already showcased their credentials to be a right royal nuisance in this company, despite failing to register a single point before last week’s hammering of an out of sorts Aston Villa. Narrow, and unfortunate 3-2 defeats to both Manchester outfits serves as evidence of this, although inept displays at home to Wigan, losing 2-0, and away at Arsenal, where they were mauled 6-1, would suggest there is some inconsistency in their DNA. Nevertheless, 2/1 with SkyBet on an away win or draw (Double Chance), for a team who clearly have it in them to raise their game for the stellar teams of the division, seems like value to me – their tally of nine goals is bettered by only four teams, while inform striker Rickie Lambert (4 goals) will prove a handful for a usually well-drilled Everton rearguard, one that failed to contend with the similarly powerful Demba Ba a fortnight ago.
In Everton, though, we have a group of players on top of their game. Awesome at Swansea last time out, coasting to a 3-0 success, their form at home also breeds confidence – a 1-0 victory over Manchester United on the opening weekend was the perfect platform for the season ahead, before a 2-2 draw with Newcastle in which they were thoroughly unlucky not to register yet another maximum haul at Goodison. In fact, the Toffees are unbeaten in their own backyard since 21 March, when losing 1-0 to Arsenal. Since then they have won five out of six on their own patch and are overwhelming favourites to continue their fine run of home form, at 4/9 with PaddyPower.
Let’s be honest. Everton have been mightily impressive since the get go, with their only blip thus far a 2-0 reverse to West Brom. Apart from that they’ve been excellent; the trio of Baines, Pienaar and, in particular, Fellani have terrorised defences, while summer signing Kevin Miralles is also proving to be a real livewire. The one let down so far has been a lack of strikes from last season’s goal-getter Nikica Jelavic, who is unlikely to start on Saturday due to injury. Therefore Victor Anichebe will lead the attack, with the Nigerian bidding to notch for the third straight league game.
Down the years, however, you would be mad to go anywhere near Everton when perceived as favourites, as they’ve been the perennial underachievers against the mediocre sides of the division. You sense, even at such an early stage, that may no longer be the case. The team is supremely confident – their results speak for themselves – and that is being transmitted onto the pitch, where their performances up till now have been outstanding. Maintain that high standard and they’ll almost certainly be too hot for a Southampton side who remain in the bottom five, having lost four on the trot before victory last week, and post the worst defensive record in the league: 15 conceded, 3 per game on average, with a total of 9 coming in their two away encounters. Though goals were inevitable away at Arsenal and Man City.
The bookies are probably spot-on with their pre-match assessment, although backing the hosts seems futile at such paltry odds. Instead, the draw, at small stakes, could deliver some value for money – the demolition of Villa should have restored some of Southampton’s swagger and confidence, while they should have learned plenty from their treks to the Emirates and Etihad Stadiums. The draw is still on the optimistic side, though; instead I fancy Southampton maintaining their trend of producing exciting, goal-laden games. I can’t see them containing this blistering Everton attack for love nor money, so it will be a case of ‘attack is the best form of defence’ for Nigel Adkins’ fearless charges. And with a robust Lambert bang in form, there is every chance the visitors will get in on the scoring act.
Match Prediction: Optimistic Draw @ 4/1 with BetVictor
Recommended Bet: Both Teams to Score @ 10/11 with WilliamHill
August 16th, 2012 / Matt - Category:
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In a bid to unearth some value I have decided to disregard some of the favourites. Of the shorter prices (if you can call an 8/1 favourite short), Sergio Aguero (8/1 with StanJames) and Fernando Torres (10/1 with PaddyPower) appeal the most. The former was sublime in only his first season in the Premier League, adapting to the robust English game by returning with figures of 23 goals in 34 top-flight appearances. As for the latter, a more leaner Torres should shine in a Chelsea side which is now shorn of Didier Drogba and brimming with creative talent – though a jump of faith is needed with this fellow considering how drastic his scoring form has been ever since becoming Stamford Bridge’s most expensive import in January 2011.
First up is Luis Suarez (16/1 with SkyBet). Why? Because he’s the shortest in price of all my selections, and because he is my preferred selection.
The controversial South American has the ability to do what few other out an out strikers can, which is carve out chances all by himself. So, what with Liverpool boasting quite a few individuals capable of threading those killer balls through (Lucas, Allen and Gerrard in particular), goalscoring opportunities should be plentiful this season. Some may cite his lack of goals last season, or how wasteful he was, as a possible reason to steer well clear. Or even his tainted reputation off the field. I, however, turn to his prolific record while in Holland, with Ajax: 81 goals in 110 appearances is phenomenal and serves as evidence, despite the debatable opposition, that the forward, nicknamed ‘El Pistolero’ back home, is a composed finisher, with the potential there to be prolific.
Suarez will be jeered at every ground he visits this season – but don’t panic, as that won’t phase him in the slightest. If anything he feeds of it. He’s a fiery character who does not shy away from confrontation. Get on him at 16/1 to really irk opposing fans, by scoring the goals that condemn their side to defeat.
My second pick is Croatian Nikica Jelavic (33/1 with PaddyPower). At £5million, 26-year-old Jelavic proved a snip at the end of last season, by which time he had nine goals in just ten starts for his new employers, Everton. Extremely powerful in the air, but equally adept with the ball at his feet, the former Rangers hitman has garnered a reputation for being ruthlessly clinical in front of goal and, at stunning odds of 33/1, is a fantastic bet to end his first full term in the Premier League amongst the goals yet again.
No midfielder has ever got their hands on the Premier League Golden Boot. Frank Lampard (80/1 with Bet365) and Steven Gerrard (100/1 with SkyBet) have been thereabouts for almost a decade now, but dare I say they’re entering the twilights of their illustrious careers? If either can avoid the treatment room, then they’ll probably be in amongst it again, Gerrard especially, with the England skipper tipped to play in a more advanced role under new manager Brendan Rodgers for Liverpool in the forthcoming campaign. Throw in spot-kick duties, as well as a share of the free-kicks, and Anfield’s talisman could make a mockery of his monstrous odds.
A healthier midfield alternative is that of Tottenham’s Gareth Bale (150/1 with BetVictor), although he, too, seems to struggle when it comes to steering clear of the treatment room. Should he, however, evade the clutches of the team doctors, Bale, in the prime of his career, would stand a greater chance than any other midfielder of staking a claim for the Golden Boot. His blistering turn of foot and almost unrivalled pace makes getting in behind defences that much easier; and with a lack of strikers at the club, the goalscoring burden will inevitably fall on the Welshman, who finished last season fourth overall in the Premier League in terms of scoring midfielders, netting nine times, two fewer than team-mate Rafael van der Vaart.
Bale, having rapidly grown in stature and in confidence on the back of several impressive campaigns for him personally, is also more inclined to take on shots nowadays. I have no idea why he didn’t originally as this boy can certainly strike a mean ball. He’s also a huge threat from corners with his height – and he will score a few headers this season, mark my word. He can also be deadly from the odd free-kick. So odds of 150/1 are astonishing!
Finally, Danny Graham (125/1 with BetVictor). It has been a while since we saw a genuine shock in the Golden Boot market; Kevin Phillips taking home the award for his 30-goal haul in the 1999-2000 term is the one that instantly springs to my mind. The chances of a similar turn up for the books occurring this season are very slim, very slim indeed, in a league boasting too many world class center-forwards. However Graham, who will be the focal point in a Swansea side that will play with the same swagger on the ball under new manager Michael Laudrup that they did under Brendan Rodgers, is worth taking a chance on with small stakes.
Many thought he would struggle against Premier League defences. For a while, in the early stages, it appeared the critics were correct in their assessment of a 27-year-old who had spent his entire career up till then in the lower leagues, most of which was spent out on loan. Despite a slow start however, having waited until the seventh game of the season to open his top-flight account, Graham ended the term with decent scoring figures of 12 goals in 36 appearances, missing just two games. With a full season under his belt, Swansea should reap the benefits of a confident finisher who’ll have a better idea of what he’s up against second time around.
2012/2013 Premier League Top Goalscorer
Naps – Luis Suarez @ 16/1 with SkyBet, & Nikica Jelavic @ 33/1 with PaddyPower
Value Punts – Steven Gerrard @ 100/1 with SkyBet; Gareth Bale @ 150/1 with BetVictor, & Danny Graham @ 125/1 with BetVictor
Most firms should pay four places at ¼ the odds on Top Goalscorers.
May 4th, 2012 / callum - Category:
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Wolves v Everton
Wolves play their last home game before their impending relegation against an Everton side desperate to finish above their neighbours, Liverpool.
Terry Connor and his players managed to salvage some respectability last week coming back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Being 3-0 down after 15 minutes or so they would easily have thrown the towel in and accept another heavy defeat but they showed resolve and a desire which has been missing for much of the season. They have obviously lacked quality which is the most vital of ingredients at the top level but there have been times where they just haven’t turned up and it has resulted in their fate being decided weeks ago. It’s unclear what role Connor will have come the new season in the Championship but he is expected to be there in some aspect. It was an unenviable position for him to be put in as he was thrown into a situation where he wasn’t first choice after sacking of Mick McCarthy; inherited a team which was in terrible form and couldn’t buy anyone as it was after the January transfer window. Three draws since February is not a record he will want to take with him and will be hoping he can add at least one victory to his time in charge.
Everton have been excellent for much of 2012 and they duly obliged with a thumping 4-0 win against Fulham last week as tipped up in this column. They were unfortunate not to win again during the week when they allowed Stoke to grab a 1-1 draw at the Britannia. It’s clear I am a big admirer of the job that Davie Moyes has done at Goodison Park with such limited resources and if you were to ask any of the players who have worked under him they would rave about the qualities of their gaffer. Steven Pienaar is a prime example of the influence Moyes has on players as the little playmaker was excellent for Everton before a transfer to Spurs last summer. Despite the London club being one of the most attacking sides in the country, it never worked out for him and he returned to Goodison in January. His performances have been sensational, at the heart of all the good things Everton are doing.
Wolves have won just three times at home in the league this season, the last one coming under McCarthy back in December. It’s an incredible 10 straight home defeats since in which they have scored just four goals during those games.
Everton remain unbeaten in their last seven league games and as mentioned, their target is to stay above Liverpool with just a couple of games left. After this game they play host to Newcastle on the last day of the season which could be pivotal as the Toon Army chase that fourth spot.
Wolves showed a bit of fight last week but any 4-4 draw has to be treated with some suspect and looked to be an end of season game. Everton have more to play for than Swansea did for the reason’s mentioned earlier, and their greater quality should shine through – away win.
My Selection: Everton to beat Wolves
Best odds available: 3/4 available with BetVictor
April 27th, 2012 / callum - Category:
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Everton v Fulham
Both Everton and Fulham are ending the season strongly and will want to continue their good form when they meet at Goodison Park on Saturday.
It would have been very easy for Everton’s players to feel sorry for themselves and just want the season over with after losing to Liverpool in the FA Cup semi final but they have done anything bet. When Davie Moyes is your manager, players understand that they need to give everything they have in each and every game, no matter what is at stake. To their credit, the players have responded really well and last weekend’s come from behind 4-4 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford typified the spirit and attitude which is abundant at the Toffee’s. It was their fourth, unbeaten league game in a row and was even more incredible because of the manner it came in. Despite taking the lead, Everton found themselves 3-1 and 4-2 down in the game, the latter with only 7 minutes to go. Not only did it put a massive dent in United’s title hopes, it means that the blue half of Merseyside are in with a real chance of finishing ahead of Liverpool for the first time since 2005. Moyes will be hoping they can end the season on a high over the next four matches, starting with a home win on Saturday.
Fulham have had a strong first season under manager Martin Jol and are currently enjoying their best run of the season which has seen them when six and draw one of their last 10 league matches. It’s a run which has lifted them into the top half of the table, level on points with Liverpool and just a couple behind this weekend’s opponents. Jol has changed the style of Fulham’s play by introducing a more flexible approach as opposed to a rigid formation. It seems to be working as last weekend’s victory over Wigan came against a side who had recently defeat Arsenal and Manchester United. At home they are a match for anyone as they have the ability to pin in under a lot of pressure but also being able to break quickly. This is highlighted in their record at Craven Cottage this season which has seen them win nine and drawn five of their 18 matches to date. It’s one of the best points return of any side in the division and when you consider that there has been quite a bit of upheaval in terms of management and players over the last couple of years, the consistency they continued to show has been excellent.
Everton have an excellent record in this fixture over the years. The Toffee’s have won each of their last 10 meetings in the Premier League at Goodison which is a fantastic achievement by any club. It’s a statistic which get’s churned out every time they sides meet and one I can imagine that Fulham supporters are sick of hearing about.
Clint Dempsey has been a revelation for Fulham under Martin Jol. Since Bobby Zamora moved in January, the US Internationalist has taken on even more responsibility and he has relished it. With 16 league goals to his name already, he has been linked with a summer move to Arsenal amongst others.
Records are there to be broken and eventually, Fulham will win at Goodison Park. But Everton are really strong at the moment and will be on a high after last weekend’s excellent performance at Old Trafford – they can make it 11 in a row at home to Fulham.
My Selection: Everton to beat Fulham
Best odds available: 5/6 with Ladbrokes
March 2nd, 2012 / callum - Category:
Premier League Tips
QPR v Everton
It’s getting desperate for QPR at the bottom of the table and they will be up against an inform Everton side as they push for the points that they hope will help them to safety.
Mark Hughes was brought into the club in January in the hope that his introduction would be the catalyst for a second half revival at Loftus Road. That, however, has not quite been the case and they sit perilously close to the relegation places, just above third bottom Blackburn on goal difference. The influx of new players has failed to pay off as yet, causing more disruption than anything else. Djibril Cisse, Bobby Zamora and Taye Taiwo came with big reputations during the transfer window but they have failed to impress as yet. Rangers have not won a match since the middle of January where they get the better of another side at the foot of the table – Wigan. Since that game they have played five and managed just a point from that run, admittedly one game was in the FA Cup. The last couple of games have been worrying due to the attitude shown by certain players. 3-0 down to Blackburn early on before they could muster a very late response to make the scoreline look respectable was followed by a drab 1-0 defeat at home to Fulham after losing a man to a sending off for the second home game on the trot.
Everton are at the opposite end of the form table at the moment as they are enjoying the best run of their season. Four wins from their last five and seven games undefeated in all competitions has seen them qualify for the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup and climb into the top half of the Premier League. Their run of good form has included wins over Man City and Chelsea without conceding which will please Davie Moyes as he places a great emphasis on making his team hard to beat. Moyes was also busy in January and managed to pull off a couple of shrewd signings. Nikica Jelavic was brought in for good money from Rangers whilst Steven Pienaar returned to the club on loan from Tottenham. The latter has slotted in seamlessly whilst Jelavic is just finding fitness after a couple of injuries. Tomorrow’s match will be another test for the Toffee’s though, as they will be looking for their first win on the road in the Premier League since New Year’s Day.
Due to being sent off in the two previous home games. Cisse and Samba Diakite will be missing for tomorrow’s match. It should mean that Zamora will lead the line and his experience will be vital for his new club’s survival. Hughes obviously knows the striker and get’s one with him after his time at Fulham and will be expecting the English Internationalist to repay his transfer fee with more goals.
Everton may well bring Jelavic into the team after his injury but the likelihood is that he will begin on the bench. Another January signing, Darron Gibson, will be missing from injury so Jack Rodwell could come back in after missing out of late.
QPR have won just twice at home all season and just once this year. It’s an area which needs addressed straightaway if they want to stay up. Everton’s away form is sold if unspectacular but they are hard to beat and have lost just once of their last five.
Everton may not win too many games away from home but they have not lost many recently either. They are certainly the form team heading into the fixture and QPR have shown very little of late. I would err on the side of caution with this one and take the away side on the ‘draw no bet’ market.
My Selection: Everton to beat QPR (Draw no Bet)
Best odds available: 8/11 available with Skybet
January 1st, 2012 / Matt - Category:
Premier League Tips
West Brom V Everton (FINAL SCORE 0:1)
Sunday, 1 January 2012 – 12:30 GMT (LIVE on SKY SPORTS)
Barclay’s Premier League
Two of the Premier League’s bluntest attacks clash at The Hawthorns on New Year’s Day in the very first top flight encounter of 2012, with West Brom and Everton hopefully putting on a show for Sky Sports viewers – although, I wouldn’t hold your breath.
Perhaps this won’t be the curtain raiser to the new year that we all hope for, but at the very minimum we should get a very competitive affair between two teams who rarely lack commitment. The problem is, neither are accomplished in the final third meaning goals are likely to be at a premium.
Only Wigan have netted fewer than Everton (18) this season, who have had issues with scoring for the past two to three seasons now, whilst Roy Hodgson’s Baggies have only plundered one solitary goal more than those toothless Toffees.
So, it would be easy to simply plump for the draw, possibly even a goalless one. Instead, however, I see value in the hosts, who I make favourites for this contest for several reasons. The first being their current form, the second their strikeforce.
Although both teams go into the game unbeaten in their last three matches, it is West Brom who host this fixture with all the momentum having recorded back-to-backs away wins over Blackburn (1-2) and Newcastle (2-3) before holding leaders Manchester City, who have averaged three goals per game so far this season, to a goalless draw at home.
Of course, it would be ignorant of me not to mention the fact the Baggies have lost five of nine at The Hawthorns this season, but many of those were against tough opponents: Liverpool (0-2), Man Utd (1-2) and Tottenham (1-3).
Everton, meanwhile, could only muster a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich before edging past Swansea (1-0), also on home soil. In their last match, away to Sunderland, there was little doubt they deserved something from the game, but they were incredibly fortunate in the end to leave Wearside with a share of the spoils courtesy of an outrageous referring decision from Howard Webb.
Moreover, David Moyes still hasn’t found a solution to his side’s scoring woes. Even in this encouraging three-match unbeaten run of theirs they’ve only managed a paltry sum of goals, three in total (just three in their last five now), with their leading marksmen for the term being full-back Leighton Baines – and all three of his goals came from the penalty spot.
A lack of options up front, or should I say quality, is holding Everton back at the minute. I bet David Moyes is kicking himself after letting Yakubu move to Blackburn in the summer, with the experienced Nigerian goal-getter having scored twelve goals for his new employers this term.
In contrast, Roy Hodgson does posses quality up front; strikers with goals in them – and that is what clinches the deal for me.
Shane Long has made the step up to Premier League football with consummate ease, scoring five times, though it is his tireless work rate and endeavour which has endeared him to the Baggies faithful. Then there’s Peter Odemwingie, their top scorer last season with 15 goals; he has four for the season.
As solid and well-organised as Everton generally are, it’s difficult envisaging them penetrating a team just as well-drilled as West Brom. A resolute outfit who held the most prolific team the Premier League has ever seen to a 0-0 draw last time out. You’d expect nothing less from a Roy Hodgson team. The important difference being, West Brom have goals in them, in their strikers, whereas Everton, quite simply, do not.
Also, West Brom did the double over Everton last season, scoring FOUR at Goodison in a 4-1 success and 1-0 at The Hawthorns. Their scorer that day, Youssouf Mulumbu, is out injured, but so is Everton’s Marouane Fellani. Jack Rodwell is also doubtful for the visitors, while loan signing Landon Donovan is ineligible.
Recommended Bet: West Brom to WIN @ 13/8 Boylesports
Value Punt: West Brom to WIN to NIL @ 10/3 VictorChandler
September 20th, 2011 / Matt - Category:
English Football Betting
Everton V West Brom
Date & kick-off: Wednesday, 21st September 2011 – 20:00 (GMT)
- Both teams will rotate their squads for Wednesday’s Third Round tie.
- John Heitinga, Phil Neville, Ross Barkley, Apostolos Vellios, Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi are all in contention for Everton after starting Saturday’s league game with Wigan on the substitutes bench.
- Martin Fulop should start in goal for West Brom; Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley, Jerome Thomas, Graham Dorrans, Zolton Gera, Simon Cox and Marc-Antoine Fortune are all in the reckoning for a rare start.
- West Brom have won on one of their last eleven visits to Goodison Park – a 4-1 victory in last season’s Premier League.
- Everton are now unbeaten in four games in all competitions, meanwhile West Brom have lost four of six competitive matches in 2011/12, including a 3-0 reverse away at Swansea on Saturday.
One of several all-Premiership ties pits David Moyes and Everton against Roy Hodgson’s usually combative but currently out of sorts West Bromwich Albion.
We’re anticipating plenty of changes from both camps to the sides that were in Premier League action over the weekend, the pair who endured contrasting outcomes. Everton’s renaissance continued with a gritty home win over Wigan, 3-1, whereas West Brom became the first club to lose outside of England when they were comprehensively beaten by Swansea in Wales, 3-0.
The strength of both managers’ squads will prove decisive in determining a winner, and I have to say there isn’t a great deal to choose between them.
Baggies boss Roy Hodgson has a very strong squad, one that in the last round he rotated to devastating affect: goals from Jerome Thomas, Simon Cox and a Marc-Antoine Fortune brace sealed an empathic 4-1 win away at League One Bournemouth.
Everton, meanwhile, despite a brief scare early on, did eventually win with an element of ease and panache as they also overhauled League One opposition – Sheffield United their victims in a 3-1 victory at Goodison Park. Since then, the Toffees have gone from strength to strength, going on to take seven points from their subsequent three league fixtures, and with confidence now extremely high, coupled with home advantage, where they’ve notched five times in their last two games, David Moyes’ men will take all the beating.
It has been a dismal start to the season for West Brom who, after five league games, prop up the table down in 20th. A rout in Swansea at the weekend was their fourth reverse of the campaign, and arguably their poorest display under Roy Hodgson. So worrying times then in the Midlands, even at this early stage. Their next league game at home to Fulham couldn’t be any more important.
A significant factor could be who Everton play next in the league, which just so happens to be high-flying Man City at Eastlands. Moyes will be reluctant to name his strongest eleven but will also guard against complacency as well as the prospect of seeing their encouraging four-game unbeaten run in all competitions evaporate into thin air, not to mention a shot at a first trophy for seventeen-years.
There are, however, several in this Everton team/squad who are desperate for some playing time – new signings Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi very much included. Louis Saha, who has been forthright about airing his views on his recent lack of playing time, could also be drafted in.
So, it should be a competitive line-up at the very minimum that David Moyes selects, but whether that will be enough to wear down West Brom’s resilience – whom dumped out Manchester City at this stage of proceedings in last season’s tournament – remains to be seen.
At first I was leaning towards a very tight contest, but West Brom’s woeful display at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday really has put the cat amongst the pigeons, especially as elsewhere Everton grounded out their third win in four games, eventually dispatching of a resilient but toothless Wigan.
However, there will be a number in that Everton dressing room eager to impress the gaffer, players who could have a telling impact in that all-important game-winning area of the pitch: the final third. Couple that with home advantage, which is often crucial in cup ties, and Everton are the way to go I feel.
There may also be a slice of value in the odds of Both Teams Scoring. Three of the previous four encounters between the two at Goodison Park have featured both teams netting, while neither have been masterful at keeping clean sheets this season.
Betting Tip: Everton to WIN – 8/11 Ladbrokes
Value Bet: Both Teams to Score – 10/11 WilliamHill