Accrington Stanley? Who are they? The first English team to face Roberto Martinez’s Everton, that’s who, as the Spaniard tackles the second game of his Goodison Park reign in the rather unglamorous surroundings of the Crown Ground in Lancashire.
Coming from Wigan Athletic, he knows all about unglamorous Lancashire surroundings, but how much does he know about managing football teams?
Depending on who you ask, Martinez is either the genius who somehow managed to win the FA Cup with the Latics and is destined to reach the very top of the game or he is the man with a relegation on his CV who talks a better game than he plays and has never managed to keep a clean sheet in his life.
His job at Everton will go some way to deciding who is right.
As alluded to above, Martinez has been charm personified since taking over from David Moyes, but the time for talking is nearly over.
So far, with no notable departures the 40-year-old is taking charge of a far more talented squad than the one he left behind at the DW Stadium and although that may change if, for example, Leighton Baines or Marouane Fellaini leave, he will still be expected to keep the Blues competitive.
Unlike on his debut as Everton manager – a 2-1 defeat to Austria Vienna – he shouldn’t have any issues in beating Accrington, as odds of 1/4 for an away win imply.
The draw is 17/4, with Stanley a 29/4 shot, but the Toffees really should be winning this.
Having said that, 1/4 is not any kind of price, so it is worth taking the 7/5 that there are over 3.5 goals.
Everton will be more open than they were under Moyes and it could take a while to adapt, which says to me there will be some issues to iron out in these summer outings, thereby giving Accrington the chance to find the net.
There have been 15 goals in Accrington’s three pre-season friendlies this year, while only three sides conceded more goals than Stanley in League Two last season.
So there is the potential for goals, and the odds-against 7/5 poke there are at least four is probably the value call.