Everton vs Newcastle betting preview
Everton: Form: LWWWL
Everton’s 2 – 0 defeat at West Brom, another team that’s made a solid start, was a setback to what has been a superb opening to the season; arguably a surprise considering Everton traditionally don’t start getting results till January. Belgian midfielder Maroune Fellaini, converted into a central attacking midfielder under David Moyes, has flourished in the role, scored two goals including the winner against Manchester United at Goodison Park in their opening game. Positively for Everton fans, they seem to have two high quality goalscorers in their squad for the first time in a long time; Nikica Jelavic had a superb opening few months in the Premiership following his arrival from Glasgow Rangers. He is joined by summer siging Kevin Mirallas, who scored an impressive twenty goals in twenty-five games last season for Olympiakos. Despite the loss of promising youngster Jack Rodwell, Moyes has made some decent business this summer and Everton look have one of their strongest squads for a number of years. The Toffee’s return of fifty goals in the Premiership last season wasn’t too bad, but to take them to the next level they need to have consistent goals from their strikers and the arrival of Mirallas paired with Jelavic could be just what is required. Get a free bet for this match here.
Newcastle United – Form: DWLDW
Alan Pardew’s men have made an average start to the Premiership season; a win, a draw and a loss from their opening three games sees them sitting in tenth position, but of course the league standings mean nothing at this stage of the season. Their indifferent opening has prompted Pardew to say that his key players are yet to start performing, this despite Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba already scoring superb goals.
The Geordies have a very solid team and over the years they have made some superb signings, mostly from France – a place they think shows the best value in money for players at the moment. The policy is working superbly with players such as Yohann Cabaye and Ben Arfa being brought in for small fees and consequently turning into a couple of the Premier League’s finest performers. This summer Pardew has added another Frenchman; the relatively unknown Romain Amalfitano, and also Dutch utility man Vernun Anita, who will add cover in defence and midfield.
It will be hard for the Geordies to replicate last season’s heroics with Chelsea added some superb talent to their squad and with Arsenal now possessing a solid defence. However, as long as the Toon can keep their team together there is always a chance they can come to places like Goodison Park and take three points.
Match Prediction: Everton win 1.85 at William Hill
Also: Both teams to score 1.95 at William Hill
This is a very hard game to call with both teams highly capable of putting a few goals past the other. Everton’s home advantage and better start to the season makes them my tip. This could be the first game that Mirallas and Jelavic start up front together (should Moyes choose to play two up front) and this could mean a few goals in store, with Newcastle’s prolific front two Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse both available for selection. Cisse showed last season on numerous occasions that he is very capable of producing a goal from nothing and despite his goalless start to the season, he will have to be marshaled very closely by the home defence.
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