Are Everton bankers in the ‘without the top 6’ Premier League market?

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At 5/4, Everton are hot favourites to be the best of the rest in the betting Without The Big 6. Are they bankers for this market? Well, simply put, no, they’re not.

The Blues are certainly justified shortest odds, they’re not particularly a value bet. And they’re certainly not guaranteed to bag a top seven place, either.

Ronald Koeman has been busy all summer adding to his squad, making some really eye-catching signings in the form of Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen.

It could be argued, though, that the first team has been significantly weakened with the loss of Romelu Lukaku, and to a lesser extent, Gerard Deulofeu.

Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez are their replacements and they could, potentially, be huge downgrades. Although it’s also possible that could be offset by the emergence of young prodigies, Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

These are all unknowns, and that’s the point. There is the potential to have a really good season or a really underwhelming season.

When you consider that a team like Bournemouth – who finished ninth last season – are 16/1 to finish top of this market and you begin to see that the value might lay elsewhere.

Leicester City and West Ham United are also interesting propositions at 7/1 and 9/1, respectively.

Craig Shakespeare has, so far, managed to keep his star players at the King Power Stadium, adding some cracking signings in Kelechi Iheanacho, Vincent Iborra and Harry Maguire.

The Foxes have looked rather impressive under him since he succeeded Claudio Ranieiri and fans will be optimistic about another successful season ahead.

The Hammers, too, have also been busy, and astute, in the transfer market. Deals have been completed for Marko Arnautovic, Joe Hart, Javier Hernandez and Pablo Zabaleta.

Head coach, Slaven Bilic, will be expecting his team to lay to rest the demons of a terrible campaign last season.

Overall, though, Everton are by no means guaranteed a top seven spot and their lavish summer spending could come back to haunt them.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Cian Carroll

Starting life as a football columnist for his local paper in Dundalk, Cian has written for a number of media outlets with pieces published in The Birmingham Mail and Spain’s El Mundo Deportivo. A lover of football, GAA, boxing, rugby and MMA, he’s a big Aston Villa and Dundalk fan. He can be regularly spotted on various mountain tops.