Prior to the start of the season, many expected Everton to pose a threat in the top half of the table. This also saw them well supported by punters using the best online betting sites to do so.
This will be Marco Silva’s second season at the helm and he will now be expected to be getting the best out of the side. They have also invested in the squad bringing in the likes of Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Andre Gomes, Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi. The key question will now be whether Everton can secure European football for next season.
Following the opening four fixtures, Everton sit in sixth position and five points off the top of the table.
They have seven points to date, having won two, drew one and lost one. The first game of the season saw Everton travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace. The latter have also made a strong start to the season, so in hindsight this was a good point. Everton did control the game with 65% possession but went down to 10 men following the sending off of Morgan Schneiderlin in the 76th minute.
The following game saw the first Premier league fixture of the season at Goodison Park, as they welcomed Watford. As expected it was a very close game throughout, with both sides only producing two shots on target. Despite this, Everton took an early lead through a Bernard goal after just 10 minutes played. They were then able to hold on as they picked up the vital three points.
Everton then suffered their first loss of the season as they travelled to Villa Park to face newly promoted Aston Villa. The latter have been one of the most active sides in the transfer window and are now clearly pushing for a lengthy stay in the top flight. Everton as customary controlled much of the possession, but despite this struggled to create many chances and finished with just one shot on target. On the other hand, Villa took their chances, winning the game 2-0, following goals from Wesley Moraes and Anwar El Ghazi.
Everton secured their second Premier league victory of the campaign, as they faced off against Wolves at Goodison Park. Both sides play attractive attacking football, so this was an exciting game for spectators. Richarlison picked up a brace, that included an early fifth minute goal. New signing Alex Iwobi also got on the scoresheet as Everton won 3-2. Boly got sent off for the visitors in the 95th minute, in what was a positive result for Everton. Everton now have an attractive run of fixtures and will be hoping to continue to push up the table, with games against the likes of Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Burnley.
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