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Everton, after a five-game unbeaten start to the 2016-17 Premier League season that saw the Toffees keep in touch with the leaders, have struggled since, winning only one of nine.
A hard fought 1-1 home draw against Tottenham kicked off Ronald Koeman’s reign at Goodison Park, a result followed by four wins on the bounce.
Despite their poor run of form, Everton are still eighth in the table, which is probably where Koeman would have expected to find his side at this stage of the season.
Under Roberto Martinez the team neglected their defensive duties, instead focusing on attacking football. While nice to watch, it left them vulnerable at the back. Now that Koeman is in charge, himself a world class defender in his playing days, Everton, other than making individual mistakes, are solid in defence. They’ve only conceded 16 goals, five of which came against Chelsea.
Many sports bettors like to have the Toffees on their betting slip as they are capable of beating anyone on their day. This season, based on overall form, look to back the under 2.5 goals market.
Nine of their 14 games this season have ended with two or fewer goals. Six of those under 2.5 goals games have happened at home where Everton have only conceded five goals.
Everton have drawn 1-1 on five occasions, four coming at Goodison.
No Everton bets would be complete without backing the giant Romelu Lukaku to score. Lukaku has bagged himself seven goals in the league this season and opened the scoring four times.
He’s in the midst of a scoring drought, as the Belgian hasn’t scored in four Premier League games. The Belgian, before the onset of this current drought, had the third best per-minute strike rate in the league.
You can’t keep him down for long so look to back the big Belgian in the goals market.
The FA Cup is another market to keep a close eye. Everton are bound to make a deep run in this competition, especially under Ronald Koeman’s leadership. He runs a tight and disciplined ship, important team attributes in knockout competitions.
Back the Toffees to be in low scoring games, look for Lukaku to start scoring again and get behind Everton to make a deep run in the FA Cup.
Everton have been poor in the opening 45 minutes lately. Since the September 17 win against Middlesbrough, the Toffees have been outscored 8-1 in the first half, notching only one goal in the opening 45 minutes.
Koeman will be focussing on correcting this problem, ensuring his players are ready from the opening kickoff in coming matches. So look to back the Toffees to score first half goals or to go into the interval ahead.
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