Everton 2018-19 Betting Preview: Toffees Should Bounce Back Under Silva
Everton FC. Pictured: Richarlison
Everton 2018-19 Premier League Betting Odds
- To Win Title: +25000
- To Be Relegated: +3300
- Point Total: 48.5 (Over -165/Under +135)
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Even though Everton finished in the top half of the table, its 2017-18 season was a disaster. Their troubles began last summer when the club brought Davy Klaassen, Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson into the fold. All three high-wage players are of a similar mold, and manager Ronald Koeman never figured out the right way to deploy his lineup.
This led to a slow start, which led to Koeman being handed his marching orders, and in came Sam Allardyce to keep Everton in the Premier League. Whether or not the Toffees were truly in danger of being relegated for the first time in the club’s history is up for debate, but what is certain is that 2017-18 will go down as one of the least memorable campaigns for Evertonians.
This summer, the club was committed to wholesale changes. They brought in Marcel Brands to take over as Director of Football and hired Marco Silva to serve as manager. The club let Rooney leave for D.C. United and sold Klaassen to Werder Bremen to clear up the No. 10 role for Sigurdsson. All of a sudden, there was a clear vision at Everton — something the club had been lacking for a while.
On the surface, Silva and Everton seem a good match. The product of Portugal has the right assets at his disposal to play his preferred 4-3-3 system even if the club’s situation at centerback is still underwhelming.
The good news is that elsewhere on the pitch, the Toffees are at least two-deep. Oumar Niasse may not be a world-beater, but he’s an effective poacher and provides backup to Cenk Tosun at striker. Theo Walcott and Richarlison should work well on the flanks, but Ademola Lookman and Yannick Bolasie can pitch in there. That’s without mentioning Sandro Ramirez, Nikola Vlasic and Kieran Dowell, all of whom will be chomping at the bit to establish themselves up front.
This team should score enough to cover holes in the back, which is important because, unless they bring in some reinforcements, Everton are relying on past-his-prime centerback Phil Jagielka to get the job done with either Michael Keane or Mason Holgate, neither of whom has really established himself as a Premier League quality player yet.
The situation at Goodison Park was such a mess at the beginning of the offseason, and Everton aren’t out of the woods yet. But things seem to be getting back on track, and that should go a long way in improving on last year.
The Bet to Watch
Everton’s point total is listed at 48.5 with the over juiced at -165. That would mean the Toffees would just need to match last year’s point total to get the bet across the finish line, which isn’t asking much at all. This team should be better than last season’s at the very least, so taking on the Over 48.5 points is a fine bet.