Everton take their three-game unbeaten run to the DW Stadium on Saturday knowing that another three points against Wigan Athletic could take them to the Premier League summit.
Having fought back from conceding an early goal to beat Southampton 3-1 at Goodison Park last weekend, Everton find themselves perched three points behind current leaders Chelsea and the Toffees are already being talked about as potential gate crashers to the Champions League positions come next May.
The key to this storming start has been the scintillating form of players like Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini and perhaps most importantly Nikica Jelavic, who is providing the goalscoring touch that has been missing from the side for so long.
The Croatian striker’s goals have enabled Everton to collect the same number of points after six games that it took them until mid-November to accumulate last season and the results have been achieved by playing entertaining football.
In fact, the performances so far this season have been so impressive that boss David Moyes said recently that he would happily pay to watch his team.
One man who won’t want to watch Everton’s attacking football this weekend is Roberto Martinez. Wigan’s Spanish boss has only been able to guide his team to one victory so far and just a solitary point has been gained in front of their own fans, so the chances of them disrupting Everton’s run seem slim.
Jelavic’s goals have enabled Everton to collect the same number of points after six games that it took them until mid-November to accumulate last season and the results have been achieved by playing entertaining football.
The odds in bwin’s 3-way betting market agree with me on this one as Wigan are priced as 11/4 outsiders, while Everton are at evens to take three more points and the draw is 23/10.
The history books do not do Wigan any favours either, as they show that the Latics have only ever beaten Everton twice in 15 meetings and the last of those came in 2008, with the Toffees taking 15 points in the seven subsequent encounters.
When the two teams last met the game ended in a 1-1 draw, but Moyes’ men have been firing the goals in for fun recently and have hit three past the opposition in half of their league games, including on two occasions away from Goodison Park.
A price of 13/5 is being offered on the away side to score three or more on Saturday, while over 3.5 goals in total in the match is available at 23/10.
Another common theme in Everton’s matches this season has been their blistering starts. Nine of the 12 goals they have scored have come in the first half of their games, so 21/10 on them to score more goals in the first 45 minutes than after the interval is another great option to profit from what looks set to be an away victory.
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