Kick-off: Saturday, 15:00
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Two teams that don’t tend to start seasons with a bang clash on Merseyside when Everton take on Tottenham, and it’s tough to look beyond the draw at 11/5 in bwin’s market.
New Toffees coach Ronald Koeman takes over a side that drew all three matches at the start of their Premier League campaigns under old boss Roberto Martinez 2-2, contributing to a woeful tally of one opening-weekend win over the past eight seasons.
Koeman doesn’t bring much to the table either, with an opening-day loss away to Liverpool and draw at Newcastle the fruits of his Southampton labours, though nor does the Dutchman’s fellow former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino in the opposing dugout.
Spurs did manage to bag only their fourth Premier League opening-day win this century in the Argentine’s first game in charge two years ago, edging past West Ham 1-0 at Upton Park, yet reverted to type with the same scoreline reversed away to Manchester United 12 months later.
The Lilywhites are being talked up ahead of the visit to Merseyside after thrashing Internazionale 6-1 in Oslo, but the Italian giants are in turmoil following a takeover earlier this summer, replacing manager Roberto Mancini with Frank de Boer days later, so not much can be read into the result.
Everton looked troubled at the back with John Stones completing his £47.5m move to Manchester City, but Ashley Williams has since arrived from Swansea, meaning the Toffees’ defence has arguably improved in the short term.
There has been nothing between these two of late, with both matches ending up all square last term and two of the past three at Goodison Park ending up honours even too.
Spurs are worthy favourites at 7/5 after finishing eight places above their hosts in the Premier League table last season, with Everton 39/20, but the biggest priced outcome, the draw at 11/5, looks the bet.
Incidentally, the last time these two met on the opening day, it finished 2-2 at Goodison…
Recommended bet: 2-2 Draw @ 25/2