Norwich v Everton: Martinez to enjoy a winning start

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Life after David Moyes for Everton begins with a very winnable trip to Carrow Road.

Roberto Martinez takes charge of the Toffees for the first time since eventually getting Wigan relegated after years of threatening to do so and a price of 13/10 says he gets off to a winning start in his new post.

Norwich can be backed at 2/1 with Ladbrokes, with the draw a 23/10 alternative.

However, on account of the Canaries’ goal-scoring woes, a punt on the visitors remains the main source of value here, despite the fact that they’ve only ever managed one victory at Carrow Road in the Premier League era.

Duncan Ferguson’s decisive strike ensured a 3-2 win that day, which was the second of four matches played in Norfolk between the two since the rebranding of England’s elite football league that’s yielded north of 2.5 goals.

The most recent tussle – a 2-1 win for Norwich – subscribed to this trend and, while Chris Hughton’s attacking acquisitions take time to adjust to life in the top flight, another goal-filled clash could easily be in the offing.

Martinez’ teams aren’t renowned for their defensive stringency and, as the Toffees’ players acclimatise to the new squiggles on the tactics board, if Norwich can’t fashion a few decent goalscoring opportunities they best start preparing for a long season.

The hosts kept just one clean sheet in their final nine games of the previous campaign – against a dismal West Brom side who had half an eye on their summer jollies – and with no arrivals likely to plug the holes from last term, a team of Everton’s prowess should be able to cause them a few headaches.

Backing over 2.5 goals here will see successful punters rewarded to the tune of 20/21, while those seeking bigger windfall potential, combining this eventuality with an away win is on offer at 11/4.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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