Everton 2011/12 Premier League Betting Preview
Toffees to tread Premier League water4th August 2011 / Lee A Jackson
Everton just seem to keep on doing what they do best, not causing any great drama or fuss for their fans. They started slowly last year but ended up in the top ten, and that is just what we can expect from them again. The odd thing about Everton, is that there does not seem to be a great deal of ambition there. They seem to be happy floating around as a mid table team, and they are not going to push on unless they bring in a couple of high quality missing components. Still, the Everton faithful enjoy what Moyes does for the club, and they are a side capable of hitting a massive result in upsetting higher ranked teams, or collapsing to out of the blue heavy defeats. Everton are not blessed with one of the deepest squads in the Premier League, but somehow what the players which come in are ready to fight for the cause, something which can’t be said for all teams. The financial problems at Everton, and with them being so desirous of a move, will hinder any real plans of silverware and success for Everton. You have to feel that their best chance of shining will be in the Carling Cup or the FA Cup, while solidifying their Premier position and hoping that funds do come their way. Everton Premier League betting is not going to get much more complicated than that.
It is going to be same old same old for Everton. David Moyes has said that he is happy at Goodison, and there are not going to be any great waves made in the transfer market by the Toffees. Perhaps the most exciting thing about Everton is the saga over their England centre half Phil Jagielka, who Arsenal have been putting in bids for. Everton will hang on to their stars like Jack Rodwell and Leighton Baines of course, and they are not ready to sacrifice their future for help now. David Moyes knows how to get the best out of what he has to work with. We are sure that he would like a whole bunch of money to go spending, especially in bringing in quality strikers, but it is not going to happen. But, Everton do have a very good crop of young players who could step up and break through, but a lot of focus will fall on Jermaine Beckford up front, and whether some of the raw rookie mistakes he showed last season have been drilled out of him. They need the goals to come from the potential to deliver. Otherwise, very much the same Everton we will have seen last season. Nothing much changes at Goodison, but they make the best of what they have. At times though, it feels like David Moyes is really their biggest asset.
Last Season: 7th
A seventh place finish was a decent return for Everton and credit due again to David Moyes, who keeps doing a solid job. For all their critics, Everton played some very good football last year. Granted the end quality was often not there to back up what had gone before them, but at times they played with some good adventure and flair, never negating their defensive duties which have been instilled in them by Moyes. Their defence does carry them a lot and they are always hard to break down. They did have a lot of injury problems last year too. Can they offer just that little bit more going forward this season? They need to find something.
2011/12 Everton Premier League Betting Projection:
Everton will struggle for goals again, and they really need Tim Cahill to stay fit to keep them in mid table anonymity. Cahill is crucial to the Toffees for his goals from midfield, and without him, they would have been very barren in front of goal. The lack of strike power will hurt them at times, but they have good youngsters in the squad who show a promising future for Everton. Unfortunately it is the way which they have to do business. They can’t rival their rivals Liverpool in terms of spending, so they have to rely on the shrewdness of Moyes in preparing his teams and in the transfer market. Moyes knows how to put out a side which is efficient, which plays smart football and causes opposition a lot of problems. That is what he is good at, that is what Everton are good at. With a striker in place who can be relied on, Everton would be a very comfortable top ten side, but without one, they will have to work and fight hard to get back into that position.
Finishing Position: Top Half of Table
Premier League Top Ten Finish Odds:
2/7 at Bet365
First Three Fixtures
August 13th: Tottenham v Everton
August 20th: Everton v QPR
August 27th: Blackburn v Everton
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