Backing Everton to win and keep clean sheets was so easy last season, especially at home, but not anymore.
The Toffees take on West Brom at Goodison Park next and considering they are without a win in any competition for some seven matches, the 3/4 on the home win looks way too slim.
The Baggies are also an unpredictable bunch at the best of times and with new boss Tony Pulis still decorating his office, it’s just as difficult to back them with any conviction at 4/1.
Moving away from the shaky ground which is the match odds, here are three different markets with firmer stats to back them up.
Both teams to score: Yes @ 9/10
Everton’s iron-clad defence of last term has been replaced by a seemingly clueless bunch who’ve conspired to concede 34 goals already this season, the second most in the division.
At least Roberto Martinez’s men have scored in six of their last seven top-flight games at Goodison, while West Brom have only been denied once in seven too.
More goals in the second half @ 23/20
Any team managed by Pulis are sure to set up in a compact fashion on the road, with the premise of being hard to beat.
This only plays into the hands of this bet, especially as five of Everton’s last six goals arrived after the break and all of their last three games have reached half-time goalless.
Saido Berahino to score anytime @ 12/5
The Baggies’ top scorer will be fresher than Everton’s main goal threat, Romelu Lukaku, who went right through 120 minutes of FA Cup action in midweek at Upton Park.
At this price compared to the 11/10 on the Belgian, the Englishman gets the nod.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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