Everton’s recent points total is so slim they should probably considering attending an Anorexics Anonymous meeting, but scratch the surface of some scratchy results and performances haven’t been all that bad. They outclassed what turns out to be a decent Bolton team and deserved more than a last gasp equaliser to claim a point. They created enough chances against Arsenal to at least merit a point and gave another good account of themselves at the Stadium of Light against an in-form Sunderland.
In contrast, West Brom’s recent performances have been every bit as bad as the results suggests. Roberto di Matteo won plaudits for getting his expected relegation battlers to play a nice brand of football, but a run of 1 point from a possible 15 has seem him get labelled more naïve than a working class schoolkid hoping to go to university under a Tory government. They’ve lost valuable points to teams likely to be joining them in the frantic scramble to avoid the drop and the enjoyment of the early season has been replaced by the more familiar feeling of trying to keep the head above water.
A win for the Toffees looks likely at 8/13, but that nagging feeling at the back of your mind may be the memories of the Baggies going to the Emirates and winning as well as other fond recollections such as Edwin van der Sar handing them a point at Old Trafford. They’re certainly a capable side, but the confidence to persist with the lovely football may have been drained thanks to defeats to Blackpool, Stoke and Wigan. If you reckon they can get their mojo back, the 11/4 for a draw doesn’t look like the worst option.
Part of the Toffees’ problems is down to the lack of a contribution from the strikers. It’s nice that Tim Cahill is popping up with so many goals, but a little more from Yakubu, Saha and Beckford if he gets a run out, would have the points tally looking healthier than it is at present. Similar to the West Brom team, we all remember a time when they used to be able to perform, so there’s no reason why they won’t be able to do it again. That said, on recent form Cahill to be 1st goalscorer at 5/1 looks like the shrewdest move. Likewise the Wincast of Cahill to score and Everton to win @ 11/5 immediately strikes you as something that’s entirely plausible.
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