Live Match Preview – Everton v Burnley

Everton face Burnley in the early afternoon match on Sky. The two sides have met twice since Burnley got promoted back to the Premier League and both encounters ended in Everton victories, with last year them winning the game 3-1.

Everton have won 11 out of their last 13 Premier League matches, but despite that they lost 3-0 when Spurs visited Goodison Park a few weeks back. That was followed up by a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United, however they bounced back last weekend with a home win against Bournemouth.

Everton sit 7th in the table based on home form, which is the same position Burnley are based on their away form. They started with a win at Chelsea, followed up with draws at Tottenham and Liverpool, so it’s no mean feat to find themselves undefeated after those three encounters.

In all 3 of their away games, both teams have scored and for my fun bet, I’ll look for that stat to continue and will take the 21/20 offered by bet365 for both teams to score.

Both Teams To Score
21/20 – Bet Now!

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Live Match Preview – Manchester United v Everton

Sunday’s second live game sees Everton take on Manchester United at Old Trafford and the big talking point is bound to be Wayne Rooney’s return to the club he scored 253 goals for in all competitions. He came off after 66 minutes on Thursday night in Everton’s Europa cup tie against Atalanta, but I’m sure he’ll be desperate to play against his old team.

United have been fairly dominate in the fixture over the past 10 years, winning 7, drawing 2 and losing just 1, although if you narrow it down to the fixtures since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, they’ve been much less convincing, with just 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat, with last season being a 1-1 draw.

Man Utd have come flying out of the blocks this season and are currently top of the table, on goal difference, from Manchester City, although last weekend they could only manage a draw at Stoke City. Their home form has been impressive, with 2 wins, 6 goals scored and no goals conceded.

Everton on the other hand come into the game on the back of two 3-0 defeats. They started the season in fine form, with a home win against Stoke, followed by a point at Manchester City, but they’ve gone off the boil since then and I can’t see them getting the same result against City’s Manchester neighbours.

At 4/11 for United to win the match, it’s not a bet I can get excited about, so I’ll be looking around at the other markets for a fun bet, to add a little interest to the game.

Zero or Hero (or both)

With Rooney returning to Man United, I’ve got to be having a look at bets surrounding his performance in the match.

bet365 are offering 15/8 on Rooney to be booked during the game and 20/1 him being sent off. Given the occasion, I think it worth a fun bet on him being booked.

To balance the books I’ll also be backing him to score a goal anytime during the match at odds of 4/1.

Now all I need is him to do is score a goal, take his top off to celebrate and get his name in the ref’s note book.

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Something’s Got To Give

Tomorrow see’s Everton take on Tottenham at Godison Park. Everton have won 10 of their last 11 Premier League games at home, while Spurs have won 6 of their last 7 away games in the league. Pretty impressive from both teams, but they can’t both win, so something’s got to give.

Both teams have scored 4 points from their 3 games so far this year, so nothing to split them there. Last year the sides drew 1-1 in the corresponding fixture and it was a similar score in the 2015/16 season. In fact the fixture has produced a draw in 6 of the last 10 years seasons, with Everton winning 3 and Spurs just 1.

bet365 have Tottenham as favourites to win at odds of 11/10, while Everton are much bigger at 14/5, with 5/2 the draw.

It seems hard to separate the 2 teams, so a draw looks to offer the best value.

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Europa League – 5 teams most likely to win the competition

The Europa League may be considered Europe’s second major club football tournament, but year after year, the competition excites fans across the continent. Unlike the Champions League, the Europa League is far more wide-open and thanks to its unpredictability, the tournament can be a lot more fun to watch than the Champions League throughout the season.

Last year saw Manchester United win the competition while five-time champions Sevilla took the spoils the previous year. Of course, when the teams eliminated from the Champions League join the fray after Christmas, the entire tournament changes. But for now, who are the bookies’ favourites to lift the prestigious trophy?

High Five

AC Milan

AC Milan have spent more than €200 million on new players this summer, and so far, the club have navigated the tricky waters of Europa League qualification superbly. The team are also playing well in Serie A with two wins from two matches. New captain Leonardo Bonucci has brought a cool, calm presence to the club, while Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio and Andrea Conti have solidified the team’s backline. Milan have a huge roster right now, which can help it battle in both the Europa League and Serie A. The only real question is, do the Rossoneri have enough striking options to win the competition?

Odds To win: 7/1

Arsenal

A few weeks ago, Arsenal looked likely of being a top contender to win the tournament. However, after three weeks of Premier League matches, the team have failed to look like a potential champion. A lot will ride on whether or not Alexis Sanchez stays or goes; and who the team can bring in to replace him. Alexandre Lacazette looks like the real deal, but Arsenal’s midfield has been poor. A strong performance in the Europa League seems unlikely right now.

Odds To win: 8/1 

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic have been in the Europa League for seven of the last nine seasons, and typically put up a strong fight. In 2011-12, Athletic were the beaten finalists, losing to Atletico Madrid. Spanish teams have won eight of the last 14 Europa League tournaments. The countries clubs just do well in the competition. Athletic will be very talented and last season’s top scorer Aritz Aduriz is back despite being 36-years old. The team didn’t make it out of the group stages last term, but Athletic have a winnable group with Hertha Berlin being their only real competition on paper.

Odds To win: 25/1 

Everton

Everton have spent heavily to assemble a very good squad that can challenge for a Champions League place in the Premier League. Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen have all arrived this summer; and Everton have started the Premier League well. The Toffees biggest problem in the Europa League is the group of death the team were drawn in. Serie A’s Atalanta, France’s Lyon and Cypriot team Apollon Limassol will make it a very difficult task to qualify. Everton’s group E is the most difficult group in the competition.

Odds To win: 25/1 

Villarreal

Villarreal should have no difficulty getting out of group A. The team have added striker Carlos Bacca, who should get plenty of goals this term. Like Athletic, Villarreal will have more of an opportunity to win the Europa League than Spain’s La Liga. Villarreal’s best performance in the Europa League was in 2015-16 when the team made it to the semifinals, a feat they did twice previously since 2000. Once the team get into the knockout round, their progression will depend on the luck of the draw.

Odds To win: 25/1

Odds quoted courtesy of bet365.

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